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Resources and discussion for Maine entrepreneurs! Maine entrepreneur Marty Grohman leads conversations about entrepreneurship and business in Maine. Featuring entrepreneurs, business and policy leaders. Published since 2013.

The Grow Maine Show Marty Grohman

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.9, 52 Ratings

Resources and discussion for Maine entrepreneurs! Maine entrepreneur Marty Grohman leads conversations about entrepreneurship and business in Maine. Featuring entrepreneurs, business and policy leaders. Published since 2013.

    Brett Wickard of Bull Moose & Fieldstack

    Brett Wickard of Bull Moose & Fieldstack

    Brett Wickard founded his first company, Bull Moose Records, after his junior year at Bowdoin College. Wickard oversaw Bull Moose's rise to become the largest retailer of music, movies, games, and books in northern New England. Wickard then founded Crickery Wood - a provider of point of sale software and services. Wickard's newest company, FieldStack, fuses elegant inventory, point of sale, loyalty, and eCommerce modules with enhanced analytics, decision making and automation into a Lean Retail platform for medium to large sized retailers.







    This is everything the GrowMaine Show is passionate about -- being innovative, looking out for employees, building community, giving back -- in one remarkable business. Don't miss this interview with one of Maine's most innovative entrepreneurs operating with great success in a sector that most people think died when Blockbuster went away.

    • 46 min
    Amanda O’Brien of 1820 Wines

    Amanda O’Brien of 1820 Wines

    Amanda started eighteen twenty wines in 2015 with a friend who had been home-brewing rhubarb wine. When she tried it, she had the same reaction everyone else does when they have it "this actually tastes good".







    Amanda has a strong background in marketing, had worked professionally in the wine industry, and wanted to take on the challenge of bringing a good wine to market made with local produce (rhubarb).







    She has taken her love of wine and Maine, her digital marketing experience, and constant curiosity to keep eighteen twenty growing.







    Amanda runs the business with a troupe of friends and family and some amazing local resources, including the Women's Business Center at CEI.







    Amanda also runs a monthly digital marketing event called Social Media Breakfast Maine, and is the mother to an awesome little boy named Emmett and a vizsla named Otto. She resides on Peaks Island.

    • 45 min
    Richard Pfeffer of Gritty’s

    Richard Pfeffer of Gritty’s

    Richard is co-founder and president of Gritty's Brew Pub, of Portland, Auburn and Freeport Maine. In this episode we discuss the founding of Gritty's, including Richard's background as a sailor and stockbroker -- prior to making a 32-year leap into entrepreneurship and building a company with more than 100 employees.







    Richard is a longtime member of Maine Technology Institute's Agricultural & Marine Technology tech board, and gives back to the community in many other ways, including Gritty's Community Nights.







    The pandemic began with Richard standing in an empty pub on a Saturday night -- but he never had to throw any beer away. Don't miss this episode with this influential brewer and Maine entrepreneur.

    • 47 min
    Jim Robbins of Robbins Lumber

    Jim Robbins of Robbins Lumber

    Jim retired as President of Robbins Lumber in 2013. He is staying involved with the company as a consultant but also enjoying his retirement to the fullest. He’s very active with the following organizations: Katahdin Area Council Boy Scouts of America, Searsmont United Methodist Church, Maine Forest Products Council, and North American Wholesale Lumberman’s Association. Jim is married and has three children and 12 grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, white water canoeing, boating, hiking, cross country skiing, traveling, antique autos and spending time with his family.







    • 43 min
    Dr. Sam Fratoni, Mentor and Angel Investor

    Dr. Sam Fratoni, Mentor and Angel Investor

    Sam is a business executive with over 30 years of corporate leadership with Hewlett Packard Company and as Corporate Vice President for IDEXX Laboratories. He holds a BSCH degree from Bucknell University and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Purdue University. He also attended the Advance Management Program at Wharton and has over forty publications and presentations on chemistry, leadership, education, quality and management.After leaving the corporate world, Sam has focused on helping smaller organizations, both commercial and non-profit, apply proven leadership, management and growth techniques scaled to achieve success. This has included Board Chair for Breakwater Learning, Board Chair and mentor for The Maine Center for Entrepreneurs, and founding board member of Maine Outdoor Brands. He is an advisor to several companies, and executive coach for business and non-profit leaders in the community. He has been a resident of South Portland for almost twenty five years. Sam is an active angel investor, joining Maine Angels in April 2013 and Chair from 2015-2019. He is currently Chair Emeritus and founding member of the group’s Dirigo Angel Fund I Investment Advisor Board. He believes the key to Maine’s (and America’s) future economic growth and the source of creative solutions to current global challenges (e.g. climate change) is entrepreneurship and new startups. Sam is actively involved with many incubators, accelerators, pitch contests and individual startups as a mentor, coach, and advisor, in addition to being an investor.

    • 44 min
    Jack Moore of Harpswell Advisors

    Jack Moore of Harpswell Advisors

    Jack is President and Chief Investment Officer of Harpswell Advisors, a Maine based firm serving foundations and endowments throughout the United States.  Harpswell embraces an OCIO approach that leverages the benefits of both passive and active strategies and creates custom portfolios for each institution it serves.  Harpswell was named among the nation’s top 108 Charitable Investment Advisors in Investor.com’s 2020 study.







    Prior to Harpswell, Jack managed a market neutral hedge fund predominately for non-profit institutions and family offices.  Jack also served as a Principal with The Vanguard Group where he was a Senior Analyst working directly for several of Vanguard’s funds and participated in the Chairman’s senior strategy efforts. Prior to joining Vanguard, Jack was a Vice President and Portfolio Manager with Bryn Mawr Capital (a hedge fund) overseeing the firm’s investments in energy and basic materials. 







    Prior to his career in investment management, Jack served as the Press Assistant to the U.S. Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell.







    Jack holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobart College and earned his Masters of Science degree from the London School of Economics. 







    A dedicated civic participant, Jack has been a lifelong volunteer and serves on several Boards and Investment committees.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

nu-yar ,

Love this show!

I’m an avid listener and I also had the privilege of being a guest. Marty is a natural conversationalist - he brings out the best in his guests. Lots of great food for thought on each of his shows.

ScribblingMadly in Maine ,

Marty Nails It

Here's a pod well worth your time and attention. Marty's welcoming and iquisitive style sets guests at ease, and that's when the gold starts to flow. If you care about what's happening in the Maine business community, subscribe to the Grow Maine Show.

Derekw67 ,

Great show Marty!

Really enjoyed the show with Michelle. You continue to share what resources are out there and willing to help drive growth for the state of Maine. Thanks for inspiring my day.

Derek White

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