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2018 Next List: Meet the entrepreneur next door

BY Peter Van Allen

10/1/2018

In this issue we honor 11 business people who are changing the Maine economy for the better.

Their companies or organizations are not doing anything radical. Most offer practical solutions to everyday needs. But as with so many everyday products we've grown dependent on — say the iPhone or Amazon Prime — they're taking it farther, pushing the marketplace or challenging old assumptions.

Some are in fast-growing sectors: food, health care and technology. Others are helping with the effort to bring more people to Maine. In our view, all are helping develop Maine's economic future.

Some of the Next honorees profiled in this issue have been featured on the pages of Mainebiz or elsewhere. Others you may be reading about for the first time.

There's a geographic mix, with people in Caribou, Augusta, Farmington, Portland. There are native Mainers, but also some transplants.

We received a large number of nominations, with some great candidates. As always at Mainebiz, we are on the lookout for entrepreneurs and fast-growing companies of all kinds.

In the pages that follow, you'll find Q&As with this year's class of the Mainebiz Next honorees:

  • Alain J. Nahimana, executive director, Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center

  • Owen McCarthy and Brian Harris, co-founders of MedRhythm

  • Christina Kane-Gibson, events and marketing director for the city of Caribou

  • Ben Davis and Emily Davis, founders of True Course Yachting, Portland Container Co., OpBox, True Course Management

  • Pete Roberts, founder, Origin USA

  • Dan and Ashley Rice, founders of New England Vascular Access

  • Maddie Purcell, founder of Fyood Kitchen

  • Tobias Parkhurst, president of O&P Glass and an Augusta developer and business leader.

We offer our congratulations to this year's class of Next honorees.