Development conference a first for Bangor

Posted Sept. 18, 2010, at 12:17 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — National-level professional development often requires Maine entrepreneurs and small-business people to travel to Boston or Chicago or Las Vegas to fill that need.

It often comes with a price tag that reaches into the thousands, too.

So when Cintia Miranda, a small-business woman in Bangor, set out more than a year ago to foster a development conference locally, her goal was to set the bar high while keeping costs low.

“Professional development is so important to businesses and to the state,” said Miranda, who founded and manages Pulse Marketing in Bangor. “If you stay with the status quo, people are going to pass you. Some people are used to and comfortable with being stagnant, but we’re trying to challenge that.”

The first ever Accelerate Maine 2010 Conference will be held Oct. 1-2 at Hollywood Slots in Bangor, featuring national and local experts from the following fields: accounting and finance, business law, construction and real estate, healthcare, marketing and research and development. Attendees can choose among 50 individual sessions throughout the two-day event.

Miranda said the topics were chosen to appeal to the widest audience. She hopes to attract more than 200 professionals from Northern New England to an event that she envisions as an annual draw.

The marketing professional, who spent many years in Boston before moving to Maine and starting her firm, said the Accelerate Maine conference will be tightly structured and beneficial. The speakers are leaders and innovators in their respective fields, she said.

“Sometimes, conferences feature speakers who just wing it,” she said. “That isn’t going to happen here. We’ve been working with our presenters for months on their content.”

The cost of the conference is $250 per person, which Miranda said covers the expenses of the presenters and will not generate any profits for her.

“We’re so committed to bringing this in,” she said. “People that participate in professional development opportunities come back recharged and reinvigorated. We want to empower people.”

Accelerate Maine 2010 is sponsored in part by Bangor Daily News, Cumulus Media, Bangor Metro and Bangor Hydro.

For more information on the conference or to register, visit www.acceleratemaine.com or contact Cintia Miranda at 947-9333.

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