New Top Gun biz blog – sharing entrepreneurs’ stories in Maine

We’ve got a new blog offering at the BDN, one that will offer a peek at the energy, enthusiasm and Maine spirit of entrepreneurs across the state, in a variety of sectors.

The Top Gun blog is being written by a variety of company leaders who are taking part in that entrepreneurship acceleration program of the same name. The Top Gun program is run out of the Maine Center for Enterprise Development yearly.

In the program, a Top Gun “class” of entrepreneurs works with experienced mentors in an intensive masters course on business and innovation. The latest class has representatives from 20 companies from the Portland and Bangor regions, and program officials hope to expand it in coming years to other parts of the state.

But until that happens, my hope is that this new blog will bring some of the lessons learned (and challenged faced) to a wide audience around Maine. The people writing for this blog are entrepreneurs – self starters, go-getters, just like many of the small business owners around the state.

Their lessons can be your lessons. I hope there will be a dynamic conversation on the Top Gun blog, a cyber give-and-take about business barriers and how to get around them, about that a-ha moment that some of the entrepreneurs have when finally figuring out a puzzle, through the help of a mentor or other expert.

Please feel free to comment on the blog, to ask questions, to share experiences, to challenge assumptions.

So who’s contributing to this blog? The first post is by Don Gooding, the director of the program. We’ve got other company entrepreneurs signed up and ready to go, ranging from Christy Hemenway at Gold Star Honeybees in Bath to  Peter K. Homer at Flagsuit LLC in Southwest Harbor to Stan Farrell at Wizbe Innovations in Manchester.

The companies represent biotech, advanced materials, IT, financial and other sectors.

I’m looking forward to reading what they all write — and I hope you are, too!