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  • Monday, May 23, 2016 3:32 PM | Melissa Winne (Administrator)

    WESTBROOK, Maine – St.Germain Collins is pleased to announce the two newest additions to their team: Kris Plante and Ty Hughes.

    Kris Plante has joined St.Germain Collins as an Environmental Scientist to help St.Germain Collins’ clients investigate and remediate environmental contamination at a variety of commercial and industrial sites. Kris will perform Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments; underground storage tank closure assessments; and soil, groundwater, and vapor sampling. Prior to joining St.Germain Collins, Kris worked as an Environmental Scientist at an environmental firm in Massachusetts. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Management from the University of Rhode Island.

    Ty Hughes joins St.Germain Collins as an Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Specialist to help clients with safety inspections, chemical inventories, environmental reporting and plan writing. Prior to joining St.Germain Collins, Ty worked as a Senior Environmental Specialist at a Massachusetts-based environmental, health and safety firm where he was in charge of running a large hospital’s hazardous waste program. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Planning and Policy from the University of Maine at Farmington.

    ABOUT ST.GERMAIN COLLINS | SENTRY EHS

    Founded in 1992, St.Germain Collins is an environmental, EHS (environmental, health and safety) compliance and engineering firm based in Westbrook, Maine. Our clients include manufacturers, commercial lending institutions, energy systems and waste/recycling companies. We provide senior level management in the areas of site planning and development, site investigation and restoration, and regulatory compliance. St.Germain Collins also offers Sentry EHS®, an online regulatory compliance management tool for businesses throughout the United States and Canada. More information is available by visiting www.stgermaincollins.com and www.sentryehs.com.


  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016 12:25 PM | Melissa Winne (Administrator)

    The 2016 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index – a data-based comparison of all 50 states among 70 technology, capital, and policy indicators – finds that Maine improved its ranking from 22nd to 18th since 2015 and surged ahead 11 places since 2014. Data is included on clean-energy generation, green building deployment, energy efficiency expenditures, venture capital investments, and policy implementation. 

    The State jumped from 15th in 2015 to 9th in 2016 in Technology, and from 27th to 19th in Policy. According to the Index, “Maine, the national leader in biomass generation, joins the top 10 for the first time this year at #9 after three years at 15th; back in 2010, the state was a lowly 31st.” However, Nevada overtook Maine as the leader in smart meter market penetration, and the state fell one place in Capital from 24th to 25th since last year. The full report can be downloaded at http://cleanedge.com/reports/2016- US-Clean-Tech-Leadership-Index. 

    According to E2Tech Executive Director Jeff Marks, “the new cleantech leadership index follows other recent reports demonstrating that Maine’s wind, tidal, and biomass resources position the State for economic progress throughout its alternative energy sector. For example, the Maine Technology Institute 2014 report, Re-Examining Maine’s Economic Position, Innovation Ecosystem and Prospects for Growth in its Technology-Intensive Clusters, found that the alternative energy cluster is one of the fastest growing, with job gains of 11.9 % from 2007 to 2012. The clean energy sector has higher than average wages, is growing faster than other technology sectors, and is positioned to flourish under the right conditions. The growth of clean technology overall has outpaced the overall Maine economy and businesses are expanding and expect positive growth in the future.” 

    E2Tech Board Chair and Perkins Thompson Partner Jim Katsiaficas adds, “For those of us who work to promote Maine's Cleantech economy – E2Tech, Maine Technology Institute, among other organizations – and for the many new and growing Maine businesses in this sector, it is encouraging to see the results of this work recognized. At the same time, though, Massachusetts (2), Vermont (3), Connecticut (8), Rhode Island (12) and New Hampshire (16) all are doing better in this area, and so we in Maine have to do more to catch up with Cleantech business development in the other New England states.” 

    Marks credited leading Maine businesses and technologies, like Pika Energy’s clean power electronics, Ocean Renewable Power Company’s tidal energy systems, and Rapport’s sustainability software, for enabling the growth of the sector but cautioned that “Maine must retain its leading position through continued policy support for renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental initiatives. Certainty in the policy framework is a critical component of future business and economic development planning and helps steer private investment to innovation in the sector. It is important to publicize Maine’s technology and policy accomplishments to regional, national, and global investors to demonstrate our commitment to the strength of our clean technology sector.”

  • Friday, April 15, 2016 10:18 AM | Melissa Winne (Administrator)


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    This Exclusive Full-Day Venture Capital Summit will Feature:

    • Venture Panels: Hear more than 40 top tier VCs, Corporate VCs, and Angel Investors on the key issues facing investors and startup CEOs alike. Industry experts will provide updated analyses and share their experience with the audience.
    • Company Presentations: Discover more than 50 of the hottest early stage and emerging growth technology, life sciences, and clean-tech innovators as they present live to leading investors.
    • High-level Networking: Connect with investors, startups, and potential partners.


    Call For Top Innovators:

    A select group of more than 50 Top Innovators from the technology, life sciences, and clean-tech sectors will be chosen to present their breakthrough investment opportunities to an exclusive audience of Venture Capitalists, Private Investors, Investment Bankers, Corporate Investors, and Strategic Partners. 

    To be considered for one of the Top Innovator slots, click here for more details and an application. 

  • Saturday, April 02, 2016 9:09 AM | Anonymous

    The mission of LaunchPad is to award $50,000 to help fund the growth of a Maine business. Apply today to beat the May 1 deadline: https://launchpad.gorhamsavingsbank.com/

  • Saturday, March 26, 2016 9:26 AM | Melissa Winne (Administrator)

    Garrett Raymond, a undergraduate student studying economics at the University of Maine, is working on a project to create a sustainability license plate option. Currently, the State of Maine gives drivers the option to select a specialty license plate when registering their passenger vehicle- which initially costs $20 more than the base registration fee. Each specialty license plate features a unique design and supports a unique cause. Last year alone, 9 specialty plates cumulatively raised over $2,000,000 for their respective causes. 

    Garrett is requesting your participation in a sustainability license plate survey. The primary goal of this survey is to assess how Maine residents feel about the idea of Maine offering a specialty license plate that supports energy sustainability (including renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy conservation). 

    Click here to access the survey.  The survey is estimated to take approximately 10 minutes to complete and your participation is greatly appreciated. 

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016 4:15 PM | Melissa Winne (Administrator)

    Companies in 8 Counties Eligible for Paid Interns through Make It in America Grant

    The Make It In America program administered by Coastal Counties Workforce Inc and their service provider Goodwill Workforce Solutions is accepting applications for their paid internships program. Renewable Energy is one of the sectors eligible for paid interns. The program, which is funded through the $1,3M Make It In America Grant awarded to Coastal Counties Workforce Inc. by the US Department of Labor, is available for the following counties: Androscoggin, Cumberland, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo, York.                                 

    The internship program is designed to support up to 80 unemployed or underemployed Maine residents with a minimum of a high school diploma or GED, and some additional education and/or work experience in one of the MIIA targeted industry sectors. Grant eligibility is open to companies in any of the following eight counties and four sectors: 

    Counties: Androscoggin, Cumberland, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo, York 

    Sectors: Aerospace, Biotechnology, Advanced Materials/Composites and Renewable Energy 


    FMI: Ryan Anderson, Goodwill Workforce Solutions Supervisor Ryan.Anderson@goodwillnne.org

     

    *This project is funded through a $1,300,000 grant awarded to Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc. by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration under the H1-B Jobs Accelerator Grants program.

     

    This is an equal opportunity employer/program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


  • Monday, February 22, 2016 3:02 PM | Bonnie Frye Hemphill (Administrator)


    The past year was a big one for energy and environmental innovators in Maine. Funded by the Maine Technology Institute, a new level of collaboration among supportive organizations across the region is helping to drive this growth, from E2Tech – the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine – to the Cleantech Open Northeast (CTO-NE), and the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC).

    E2Tech,Maine’s trade association for energy, environmental, and cleantech businesses, ramped up its efforts supporting the sector’s startups in 2015. Key to that work has been E2Tech’s role as a clearinghouse for Maine innovators to find and connect with resources elsewhere, including world-class opportunities from the CTO-NE and the NECEC Institute.

    The Cleantech Open is a nonprofit global accelerator program for energy and environmental startups; its mission is “to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges.” Chapters across the US and internationally coordinate the program regionally; regional winners travel to Silicon Valley each fall for the final round of the competition, the Cleantech Open Global Forum. The Northeast chapter, coordinating Pennsylvania to Maine and based in Boston, is by far the international organization’s most competitive.

    The Cleantech Open’s annual accelerator program begins in spring, when applications open for startups in:

    • Energy Generation
    • Energy Distribution & Storage
    • Energy Efficiency
    • Chemicals & Advanced Materials
    • Information & Communications Technologies (ICT)
    • Green Building
    • Transportation
    • Agriculture, Water & Waste

    The Northeast chapter has received about 100 applications each spring in recent years, and after rigorous review, about 1/3 are accepted into the six-month program. Over the summer, Cleantech Open contenders partake in a twelve-week series of workshops and bootcamps on fundraising, successful pitching, acquiring early customers, and more. Additionally, each company is matched with one to three top-notch mentors, professionals who have volunteered their skills and expert networks to support Cleantech Open entrepreneurs. In the fall, the Cleantech Open wraps up with regional final judging events, pitch contests from which four to five top companies from each region travel on to the Global Forum. The CTO-NE estimates the value of its training at $10,000 for all competitors each year. Additionally, up to 5 winners in a region each receive up to $15,000 in cash and up to $15,000 in services; regional winners then compete for 5 national prizes of up to $10,000 in cash and $10,000 in services, and one National Grand Prize Winner receives up to $100,000 in investment plus $100,000 in services.

    The Cleantech Open’s Northeast chapter has helped accelerate 250 startups in the past decade, awarding $98,500 in prizes in 2015 alone. Among 2015 graduates, 100% reported they would recommend the program, with 91% of them continuing relationships with their Cleantech Open mentors. Indeed, graduates consistently hail the program’s powerful national network of influencers and entrepreneurs, and the visibility and credibility it lends their startups through showcasing to investors, strategic partners, and customers. Furthermore, of the more then 300 active mentors, 92% report they’d recommend the program to fellow professionals.

    E2Tech collaborated with the CTO-NE on a Maine kickoff event in March of 2015. Entrepreneurs and business mentors joined to hear from alumni companies and mentors, and right away, Maine saw its largest-yet pool of startups applying to the Cleantech Open. Two companies were accepted to the Northeast’s selective Class of 2015: solar-powered water purification company Beltane of Topsham, and Portland sustainability software firm Rapport IO. Both companies presented outstanding presentations in October’s final pitch contest. Even better, Rapport earned a spot in the Cleantech Open’s global competition in Silicon Valley in November. John Rooks, a founder of Rapport, described to the Portland Press Herald the accelerator’s role in sharpening his company’s focus: the Cleantech Open “really holds your feet to the fire in terms of deliverables,” such as nailing down a business plan, financial projections, filing patents and other tasks needed to protect intellectual property. It provides a great deal of focus on the strategy of building a business that can get lost in the day-to-day slug-fest of doing the work,” Rooks explained.

    Applicationsto the Cleantech Open Northeast 2016 are due May 1. E2Tech and the Cleantech Open will collaborate again on a Maine launch event, to be announced soon.

    Side-by-side with the CTO-NE, E2Tech’s deepening partnership with the Northeast Clean Energy Council has created significant opportunities for Maine’s energy and environmental innovators. The NECECbills itself as “the premier voice of businesses building a world-class clean energy hub in the Northeast.” Though NECEC also has significant depth in energy policy and advocacy, it is their work supporting startups where E2Tech has joined forces.

    NECEC focuses on both personal relationships as well as digital resources, united under a mighty online database of mentors, investors and other funders, entrepreneurs, events, accelerator programs, incubators and makerspaces, and myriad other resources and opportunities for the Northeast’s green business community to connect. This database, Cleantech Navigate Northeast, is easily searchable for open opportunities and for requesting introductions to key leaders. Behind the scenes, a team of “Connectors” – including staff from NECEC, E2Tech, and other allies – works together to moderate and facilitate these personal introductions every day. Much like a LinkedIn for green business in the Northeast, Navigate is free to join for any individual or organization.

    In addition to facilitating relationships through Navigate, the Northeast Clean Energy Council also hosts an annual series of events for business and policy leaders. Some of these are broadly focused Summits, others feature awards highlighting success stories, and some are highly targeted meetings of the minds. These include “Investor Connect” events where entrepreneurs and investors enjoy facilitated speed-dating, gatherings of the NECEC Strategic Partner Network of corporate strategic investors from Fortune 500 companies, and Founders’ Roundtables for entrepreneurs to share unique problems and answers under Chatham House rules.

    Whereas the Cleantech Open offers energy and environmental startups an annual cycle of programming, the Northeast Clean Energy Council’s events, introductions, and Navigate database provides year-round support for emerging companies.

    Pika Energyis a great example of a Maine cleantech company excelling with a little help along the way from E2Tech, the Cleantech Open Northeast, and the Northeast Clean Energy Council. Westbrook-based Pika develops small wind turbines and energy electronics. Pika competed in the 2012 Cleantech Open Northeast, earning a ticket to the Global Forum in Silicon Valley, and attracting considerable investor visibility along the way. Later, in July 2013, E2Tech and the Northeast Clean Energy Council coordinated to invite Pika to compete in the Regional Nominees Challenge. Pika won, earning an award of $30,000 to underwrite their applications to two important endorsing bodies for the T701 turbine, the Interstate Turbine Advisory Council and the Small Wind Certification Council. The 1.5kW residential-scale T701 achieved both of these importantcertifications in February 2015 and January 2016, respectively, clocking in at the quietest SWCC-certified turbine on the market, to boot. In February, the company demonstrated even more momentumwith a new $2.255M equity offering. Throughout, Pika has been a key member company of E2Tech, frequently collaborating to speak on behalf of Maine’s growing green-business sector.

    E2Tech is thrilled that partnerships with the Cleantech Open Northeast, the Northeast Clean Energy Council, and numerous Maine innovators have opened so many doors for Maine’s green business sector. This year will be a big one for Maine’s energy and environmental innovators. Next up, the Cleantech Open Northeast has already opened applications for its 2016 class. E2Tech will be hosting another Maine launch party soon: join our newsletter so you won’t miss your invitation!

    Onward together into 2016!

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016 2:01 PM | Melissa Winne (Administrator)

    Midcoast Small Business Seminar:
    HubZone Program, Contracting & Small Business Resources

    On Friday, April 1, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) will co-host a small business seminar in Brunswick, ME. Training will be offered on SBA’s HubZone Program, which helps small businesses gain preferential access to federal contract opportunities. A new law has increased the number of midcoast communities now eligible for this program. Find out if your small business could benefit. Training will be followed by a panel discussion focused on issues important to small businesses. This event is free to the public. Breakfast and refreshments generously provided by MRRA. 

    Schedule as follows:

    8:30 – 9:30am: Breakfast session with remarks from SBA Regional Administrator Seth Goodall and Members of Maine’s Congressional Delegation
    9:30 – 10am: The HubZone program: Presented by James Pineau, Maine SBA
    PTAC 101; Presented by Kenneth Bloch, State Director, Maine Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC)
    10:30-11:45am: Panel Discussion, Small Business Contracting. Moderated by SBA Deputy Director Diane Sturgeon. Panelists: James Pineau of Maine SBA, Keith Waye of Maine SBA PCR, Kenneth Bloch of Maine PTAC, Brad Walfield, Small Business Liaison officer for Bath Iron Works. 

    For more information, please contact James Pineau with the U.S. Small Business Administration at james.pineau@sba.gov

  • Sunday, February 14, 2016 3:53 PM | Anonymous
    Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 1:15 PM (EDT)3725 College Street 
    Thorne Dining Hall 
    Bowdoin College 
    Brunswick, ME 04011

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 1:15 PM (EDT)

    Join CEI's 38th Annual Meeting featuring keynote speaker, Darren Walker, CEO of the Ford Foundation, which has been a long time supporter of the community economic development field, and a special funder to CEI.


  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016 5:37 PM | Melissa Winne (Administrator)

    Business owner Mark St.Germain has been appointed to Maine’s Economic Growth Council, a non-partisan panel that develops long-range economic indicators for the state.

    The Council, created in 1993 by the Maine Legislature, serves as an invaluable resource for policy makers and business leaders alike within Maine and other states.

    Mark joins 18 other members who are jointly appointed by the Governor, The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House. Effective December 17, 2015, the term lasts for 3 years.

    Mark St.Germain is founder and Partner of  St.Germain Collins in Westbrook, Maine – an environmental management, EHS compliance and engineering firm. He’s actively involved with the Maine State Chamber, Maine Energy Marketers Association, Maine Development Foundation, Westbrook Downtown Coalition, Maine Real Estate and Development Association (MEREDA), and The Dream Factory of Maine.


    ABOUT MAINE ECONOMIC GROWTH COUNCIL

    The Maine Economic Growth Council was established to develop a long-range economic plan for the state and to measure our progress in achieving the plan’s benchmarks and goals. The non-partisan council accomplishes this through the annual release of the Measures of Growth report on the Maine economy. This impartial data-driven report informs debate and action and remains an invaluable resource for policy makers and business leaders in and out of Maine. For more information visit http://www.mdf.org/megc_background.php.

     

    ABOUT ST.GERMAIN COLLINS

    Founded in 1992, St.Germain Collins is an environmental, health & safety  (EHS) compliance, engineering and environmental firm providing senior level management to clients in the areas of site planning and development, energy, petroleum and waste management, site investigation and restoration, and EHS compliance.  Recently St.Germain Collins launched its latest version of Sentry EHS, an online compliance management tool for businesses in Maine and throughout the United States. More information is available by visitingwww.stgermaincollins.com and www.sentryehs.com.


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