Workforce, Immigrants, and DEI – What Owners Need to Know – Tae Chong

Maine has a workforce problem. Although no one solution will fix it all, today we speak with Tae Chong about how immigrants and a healthy approach to DEI can make a big difference for your business and for Maine.

Have you noticed all the help wanted signs out there? Retail stores and restaurants have taken to reducing hours or even temporarily shutting down, just because they don’t have enough people to work.

Well, we can’t solve Maine’s workforce problem overnight, or with just one solution, but in today’s episode we’re going to look at one underutilized source for filling those vacancies in Maine and in your company.


PR & Earned Media for Your Company: What Owners Need to Know – Kristan Vermeulen

This week on Fast Forward Maine we’re going to be talking about how to generate positive press and media coverage for your company.

We’ve got PR expert and podcaster Kristan Vermeulen on the show and she’s going to talk about everything that goes into good PR, from developing your brand story, to developing relationships with journalists, to the evolving role of PR in a social media world.


What Owners Need to Know About Branding – Emily Brackett

What goes into the branding of a growing business? Is it your logo? Your colors? Your business cards or trucks? In today’s episode we talk to branding expert Emily Brackett on what goes into a successful company brand and what impact it has on your bottom line.


What Owners Need to Know About Sales Growth – Tom Morgan

Tom Morgan

As business owners and leaders, we all want more sales. How do we get that? Is it by hiring better sales people? Lowering our prices? Better marketing material? Before you take any of those steps, you need to understand the customer journey, which has changed dramatically over the past year. In this week’s episode, we chat with Tom Morgan, sales trainer and consultant, on the role of the salesperson in your organization. We talk about the customer journey, the impact of COVID on the sales process, and the one thing that’s missing from most successful sales teams. If you’re looking to generate more sales from your ideal customers, stop what you’re doing and hit the play button now on this week’s episode!


What Owners Need to Know About Influencing Legislation – Amy Volk

Amy Volk shares with us exactly how, when, and where you can influence and change the laws coming out of Augusta.


Yury’s Last Episode

Celebrating 75 Episodes and Saying Goodbye to Yury Nabokov

After 75 episodes, co-host and co-founder Yury Nabokov is moving on. In this special episode, Yury shares some of the lessons he’s learned from working with Maine business owners and his team at Machias Savings Bank.


What Owners Need to Know About Cannabis in the Workplace – Kristin Collins

With recreational or “adult use” cannabis now legal in Maine, what impact will that have on your business? How will it impact your hiring process, your health insurance, and your government contracts? To find out, we chatted with Kristin Collins at PretiFlaherty, who has been helping Maine businesses navigate these tricky waters.


What Owners Need to Know About Pricing – Lori Allen

What Owners Need to Know About Pricing - Lori Allen

Do you struggle with what to charge? Are your prices too low or too high? And how can you raise your prices without scaring away your customers? Today we dive into the math and psychology of pricing, and how you can attract your ideal customers with the right pricing strategy with Lori Allen of the Maine Small Business Development Center.


What Owners Need to Know About Mergers and Acquisitions – George Raftopoulos

What Owners Need to Know About  Mergers and Acquisitions - George Raftopoulos

Are you looking to grow your company? Or maybe you’re looking for an exit strategy? In either case, the answer might be in an M&A: a merger and acquisition. Today we talk to M&A expert George Raftopoulos, founder of ROI Cubed, about what you need to know whether you’re looking to buy or sell, and how things like financials, mission, and culture all play a critical role.


What Owners Need to Know About Maine’s Economic Growth – Yellow Breen

What Owners Need to Know About Maine’s Economic Growth - Yellow Breen

How does Maine stack up against other states for our economy? There are plenty of factors to look at, and the Maine Development Foundation is measuring all of them!

From wages to entrepreneurship, the cost of doing business to broadband access, the Measures of Growth report considers a wide variety of factors and rates them all. They’ve even included some new measures this year including racial/ethnic income equity and pre-K education.

For a breakdown of the report’s findings, we talk to the MDF’s Executive Director, Yellow Breen.