Business conference, expo adds speakers

Posted July 21, 2010, at 12:06 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Accelerate Maine 2010, a business conference and exposition planned for Bangor this fall, announced the latest additions to its lineup of speakers from Maine’s leading industries and businesses.

The conference, set for Oct. 1-2 at the Hollywood Slots Hotel in Bangor, is for business owners, executives and managers. It aims to bring together professionals from a variety of fields and industries for educational and networking opportunities.

Featuring six industry tracks, Accelerate Maine 2010 aims to assist Maine’s business owners and professionals interested in improving their effectiveness and boosting business for their company. Participants choose among the 48 sessions delivered over the two-day conference.

Following is a sampling of confirmed speakers and session topics:

Participants will learn marketing and public relations tips from experts from a variety of Maine companies and PR firms.

Shipyard Brewing Co. President Fred Forsley will talk about brand management. UptownUncorked.com’s Leslie Poston will explain company-wide social media applications. John Burns and Jayme Okma Lee of the Small Enterprise Growth Fund will discuss alternative forms of capital in Maine.

The real estate and construction track will focus on green building, alternative energy projects, and new materials trends emerging in Maine.

Many of the presentations in the health care track focus on its changing infrastructure, especially with regard to information technology. Kevin Neely of Massachusetts-based Global Data Systems Inc. will cover advancing information technology in personal health care solutions. Employee benefit specialist Maureen Hedges will explore the national health care overhaul passed earlier this year.

Dr. Catherine Renault of the Maine Office of Innovation will open Accelerate Maine with its keynote address. Education on research and development in Maine will continue with Jim Damicis, president of Policy One Research Center, and Betsy Biemann, president of the Maine Technology Institute.

At least three experts will represent various areas of research taking place at the University of Maine: Habib Dagher, director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, economist Todd Gabe, and Hugh Stevens, director of the Knowledge Transfer Alliance.

Accelerate Maine 2010 is sponsored in part by the Bangor Daily News, Cumulus Media, Bangor Metro, and Bangor Hydro. For more information including the full speaker lineup, visit www.acceleratemaine.com.

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