Mainebiz U Session 2


10:50am – 12:00pm

The new Maine economy: the impact of startups, entrepreneurs and new ventures

As we move into the future learn from our panel of experts as they discuss the successes and opportunities for new businesses. Hear about funding opportunities through the Launchpad program, unique strategies with limited funding, firsthand experience and personal success stories.

The Panel:

Devin McNeill, Co-founder and CEO | Flowfold

Devin McNeill is the co-founder and CEO of Flowfold. Flowfold builds minimalist outdoor adventure gear. Flowfold products are carried in hundreds of stores across the country, including LL Bean. All of Flowfold products are made in the USA and come with a lifetime warranty. McNeill founded Flowfold with Charley Friedman after graduating from the University of Maine in 2010.

Whit Richardson, Journalist and Founder | Maine Startup Insider

Whit Richardson, a journalist who's covered Maine's business community for the past decade during stints at the Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News and Mainebiz. Whit developed and launched the Maine Startups Insider in November 2015 as a weekly newsletter to round up all the startup-related news in Maine providing a venue to post original content.

Justin Starbird, Founder and CEO | The Aebli Group

Justin is the Founder and CEO of The Aebli Group, a marketing & business development agency based in Mechanic Falls, Maine. Justin has worked with and advised companies and organizations from around the country on their marketing, business intelligence and product deployment. He and the Aebli Group continue to prove that it doesn't matter where you're located, if you're willing to work hard and add value, people will want to do business with you. The Aebli Group doesn't specialize in a specific industry as much as they learn how to apply their process to help specific industries, services or technologies get the best return on their investment.

Julie Landry Viola | Gorham Savings Bank

Julie joined Gorham Savings Bank in December of 2001, leaving Seafax to take on the role of Vice President and Commercial Lender. In 2008 she helped establish the Business Banking Department, which is responsible for the small business portfolio, a large commercial portfolio, corporate credit cards, and accounts receivable financing. In April, Julie was promoted to Business Banking Lending Manager. She is responsible for a sales team and her own loan portfolio. A Portland native, Julie earned a B.S. from Bentley University and MBA from Thomas College.


Jeff Spaulding, Shareholder | Eaton Peabody

Jeff advises companies in all stages of development, through formation, angel/venture capital financings, securities offerings, strategic partnerships, and mergers and acquisitions. Jeff also works with investors and investment funds on fund formation/operation, regulatory compliance, and investments. He has a particular interest in emerging companies in growth sectors and frequently advises them on financing, structuring, and securities matters.

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