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SMBME 59 – Launching, Growing and Funding Your Business

In these modern times there are more opportunities out there than you may know about.

There are so many good ideas out there, so many businesses getting started and so many start-ups growing in our area. It really is a neat time and place to be here. So many SMBME attendees are somewhere on the path of entrepreneurship or are closely tied to a local start-up that we wanted to focus on that for a month.

After some feedback from some attendees and hearing a story on NPR (which we will talk more about later), we decided to talk specifically about opportunities you may not know about to help you start, grow and fund your business. We have some really interesting speakers coming and some great local stories to share too. We hope you are looking forward to this as much as we are.

What: SMBME 59 – Launching, Growing and Funding Your Business

When: October 24th, 2014, 7:30 – 10am

Where: Portland’s Masonic Temple, 415 Congress St. Portland, Maine

Where do I park? There is a list of options at the bottom of this page

How: We would never be able to pull these events off without the help of our sponsors: Gorham Savings Bank, Vreeland Marketing, Hall Internet Marketing and Others! Fair Trade Coffee


Susan RuhlinMCED

Susan Ruhlin wears many hats at MCED and sometimes even a tiara. She has managed the Top Gun Program since its inception in 2009 and oversees the sales and marketing efforts for the organization. She also meets with entrepreneurs to determine if virtual incubation services are right for them.

Prior to working at MCED, Susan was the Director of Business Development at Beacon Occupational Health. She has experienced “entrepreneurial fever” herself and owned her own formal wear company. She also worked for a tech startup that developed ItWorks, an early point-of-sale barcode system.

She lives in Cornish with her family and is an avid (bordering on obnoxious) fan for whatever sports her kids’ play.

Julie KingsleyBizzieMe

Brent CochranCommunity Sourced Capital

I hold an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, have successfully started and operated several small businesses, and am the Co-Founder and Director of Community Sourced Capital. I’m committed to developing sustainable social, economic, and environmental solutions through triple bottom line business models. I live in Roanoke, VA with my wife, baby daughter, and sometimes-good dog.


The Portland Masonic Temple is at 415 Congress Street and there are plenty of parking options in the area.

  • Elm Street Garage, 15 Elm Street (Metro station)
  • Temple Street Parking Garage, 11 Temple Street (Nickelodeon)
  • One City Center Parking Garage
  • Top of the Old Port Parking, 119 Pearl Street

One Hour Parking enforced behind the Portland Masonic Temple on Cumberland and side streets.


We are sorry but bacon is ordered one week in advance. To transfer or refund a ticket, please contact us 7 days prior to the event and we can process that for you.