Back to Business: 3 Growth Strategies to Implement Now

Date: Thursday, May 13
Time: 9am – 11am
Place: Wherever you get the internet!
Cost: Free!

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Life seems to be getting back to normal, with restrictions being lifted and more businesses opening up. How can you take advantage of this moment in time to accelerate your own company’s growth?

Get all the funding, leads, and business strategy you need to make 2021 your most successful year yet.

Hear from Rich Brooks, president of digital agency flyte new media, Chris Fitzpatrick, Chief Lending Officer at Machias Savings Bank, and Peter Harriman of the Maine SBDC as they share with you what it takes to move from recovery to growth here in Maine.

  • Actionable marketing tactics for the current crisis and beyond
  • An insider look at working with a business banker
  • The latest information on how Maine is supporting new business growth

Speakers + Presentations

Peter Harriman, Peter Harriman, Center Director, Maine SBDC (Small Business Development Center)
Top 6 Consumer, Social, and Business Trends That Will Have the Most Impact on Your Business

Peter Harriman is a certified business advisor at the Maine SBDC at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. He works with entrepreneurs and small businesses in Cumberland and York Counties to start and grow their businesses. Peter has been with the Maine SBDC for 5 years and was awarded the annual State Star award in 2018 promoted to Center Director of the Portland Office in 2019. Annually, the Maine SBDC is a resource offered to clients at no cost that helps thousands of entrepreneurs throughout Maine start businesses, access capital, create jobs, and quite simply: do business.

Chris Fitzpatrick, Machias Savings Bank EVP, Chief Lending Officer
Commercial Lending Outlook in Maine & Best Opportunities for your Business

Chris is currently employed by Machias Savings Bank as Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer. In this role Chris is in charge of all business lending activities across the State. He handles some of the Bank’s largest loan and deposit clients. He is a member of Machias Savings Bank’s Senior Management team and Asset Liability Committee (ALCO). Chris has been with Machias Savings Bank for Twenty (20) years (June 11, 2001) and in banking for thirty eight (38) years.

Chris is currently serving on several boards and charitable groups. Some of his activities are that he is currently Board member of the Southern Aroostook Development Corporation, Northern Maine Community College Foundation, Aroostook Aspirations Initiative, member of the Finance Authority of Maine Lenders Advisory Committee and is a past president of the Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce.

Rich Brooks, flyte new media
How to Generate 5x More Leads Online

Rich Brooks is founder and president of flyte new media, a digital agency in Portland, Maine, that’s been around for over 20 years. He is a nationally recognized speaker on entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and social media. He founded The Agents of Change, an annual conference and weekly podcast that focuses on search, social & mobile marketing. Rich is the author of The Lead Machine: The Small Business Guide to Digital Marketing, a popular and well-received book that helps entrepreneurs and marketers reach more of their ideal customers online. He has appeared in Inc. Magazine, The Huffington Post,,, the Social Media Examiner, and many other news sources for stories on digital marketing. He is also the “tech guru” on the evening news show, 207, which airs on the NBC affiliates in Maine.

Q&A and Mastermind

The idea of a mastermind is a peer-to-peer group where members solve their problems with input and advice from the other group members. Stick around after the three presentations as do our best to facilitate questions from the group and gather answers from both presenters and other attendees.

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