2016 Best Booth Awards – New England Made

Five exhibitors were recognized for their booth designs at this years New England Made show which took place from March 19-21, 2016 at the Sports Complex in Portland. 

Veteran Exhibitor Award:

First Place: Becky Wright Pottery of South Portland, Maine. This booth featured an open design with great colors and effective lighting that highlighted the contrasting levels and shapes. First place received $375 credit toward the 2016/2017 NEM show.

Honorable Mention: McIntosh Farm of Madison, Maine. This booth featured effective lighting, varying levels to engage the eye and fresh apples to draw attention to their value-added product. Honorable mention received $150 credit toward the 2016/2017 NEM show.

New Exhibitor Awards:

First Place: Salt Air Designs of Scarborough, Maine. This booth featured colors that tied in the feel and nature of their products as well as strong lighting and display. First place received $375 credit toward the 2016/2017 NEM show.
Honorable Mention: Joyo of Scituate, MA. This booth featured dark wooden walls and effective lighting that created a great contrast and made their booth stand out as well as highlighting their products. Honorable mention received $150 credit toward the 2016/2017 NEM show.

 Bruce Baker Award: 

Winner: Janell’s Bags of Newport, Maine. Using the look of white brick and iron pipe created an industrial look that provided sharp contrast to the products. New this year, the Bruce Baker award is given to a Bruce Baker session attendee who really understood and applied the concepts conveyed in the training session.  

Save the date – Bruce Baker’s Trade Show Success workshop will be January 21, 2017. To get notified when registration is open,click here.

Katahdin Region Tourism Summit

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Destination Katahdin – Creating Unique and Memorable Experiences for Residents & Visitors

Join us for a day immersed in creating unique experiences for both residents and tourist of the Katahdin Region. We’ll spend the day discussing tourism, its impact on the local economy and simple, achievable ways small businesses can prosper from visitors.



April 22, 2016


Katahdin Region Higher Education Center
1 Dirigo Drive
East Millinocket, ME 04430


FREE! We’ll also include a free lunch! Space is limited, attendees must register!

What to expect:

We’re bringing in a dynamic group of tourism experts, all with experience in rural towns. You’ll get a big picture view, some very specific tips to apply to your business, and ideas on how we can all work together to make the Katahdin Region thrive. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to connect with representatives from local small business and tourism-focused resource organization that will be on hand to share what they do and how they can help grow your business.

Register today! Seating is limited. 

** [UPDATE – 4/5/16 : Very limited number of seats remain for this event. If interested in registering, please call 207-780-4420 or email ] **

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Jennifer Sherwood at 207-780-4420.

Maine SBDC Newsletter – February 2016

Click here to view our February 2016 Newsletter

In this issue:

Maine SBDC Announces New Website
Redesigned site provides instant access to small business resources and Maine SBDC program information

2015 Annual Program Results
Another strong year – Program continues to demonstrate value to taxpayers by generating incremental tax revenue.

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