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Registration Now Open for 5th Annual Mainebiz Momentum Convention

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Contact: Donna Brassard
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(207)761-8379, ext. 327

PORTLAND, Maine (AUGUST 25, 2014)—Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Momentum Convention which will feature a keynote presentation from EepyBird founders Stephen Voltz and Fritz Grobe, the Coke and Mentos guys whose viral videos have now been seen over 100 million times. One of Maine’s premier networking events, this year’s convention will celebrate the theme of transformation in the newly transformed Civic Center.

Convention attendees will have access to over 100 business to business exhibitors and networking with more than 1,500 business decision-makers. The annual event brings together Maine’s business leaders for networking, learning via the Mainebiz U sessions, and the annually anticipated keynote address. In the attendee favorite Pavilion area, participants will also sample “tastes of Maine” from more than 15 Maine food and beverage vendors.

“We recognize that businesses have to transform themselves to stay competitive. At Mainebiz, we have two decades of first-hand experience in learning how to transform our business and we aim to create an environment that helps other companies successfully navigate the many transitions they face. Whether you are family owned or publicly traded you need a plan for future leadership. At the convention, you can learn from Maine CEOs and professional experts on how to plan your successor and your succession from within and from without,” said Donna Brassard, Mainebiz’s publisher.

The Expo: Visit with over 100 of Mainebiz b2b companies to learn more about their products and services to help you be successful. Many offer free giveaways and prize raffles. Enjoy free samples from several Maine food and beverage purveyors.

Mainebiz U: Choose one from a selection of four panel discussions on the topics of evolution or progression. Speakers on the evolution track, which focuses on adapting to new market realities, include Shannon Kinney from Dream Local Digital, Jim Keenan from Bernstein Shur, Cheryl Bascomb from Berry Dunn, Alan McEwan from Verrill Dana, Ted Wirth from Diversified Communications, Don Gooding from MCED and Amber Lambke from Maine Grains. Speakers on the progression track, which focuses on setting up the future to succeed, include Steve Campbell from ProVoke, Fred Forsley from Shipyard Brewing Company, David Austin from Eaton Peabody, Derek Volk from Volk Packaging, Kal Kotkas from Clark Insurance and Frank O’Shea from Berry Dunn.

Keynote Speakers: Eepybird – Stephen Voltz and Fritz Grobe. Get an inside look at Voltz and Grobe’s creative process and discover how to improve your business by looking at old problems in new ways, and turn challenges into opportunities.

CEO Breakfast: An opportunity to network with your C-level peers from around the state. Moderated by Mainebiz Editor Peter Van Allen, join a panel of several Maine CEOs for a frank discussion about managing a business through a transformation. CEOs include Charles J. Spies, CEO of CEI Capital Management, LLC; M. Michelle Hood, President and CEO of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems; William Haggett, CEO of Pineland Farms; and Curtis Simard, President and CEO of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. The panelists will share stories for strategic thinking that helped them manage through the unpredictability of transformation, as well as the use of back-up plans. Registration is required and there are a limited number of tickets available.

Momentum Pavilion featuring the Tastes of Maine: Experience a taste of Maine’s finest delicacies at the Pavilion, located at the far end of the Exhibition Arena, featuring vendors such as Bixby & Co., Coffee by Design, Dean’s Sweets, Oats Any Time, Eli’s Soda and Lucy’s Granola from 10:00am to 11:00am. From 3:00pm to 4:00pm the Pavilion will feature Coffee by Design, Eli’s Soda, Lakonia Greek Products, North Woods Gourmet Girl, Portland Fruit & Nut Co., State of Maine Cheese Co. and Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate, as well as New England Distilling, Rising Tide Brewing Company, Shipyard Brewing Company, Capt’n Eli’s Soda, Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery and WaldoStone Farm, LLC. The Pavilion, sponsored by Prime Motor Cars, will be accompanied by cash bars and additional complimentary hors d’oeuvres during the reception. Attendees are eligible to win an assortment of prizes, including airline tickets from Portland Jetport and a $2,000 travel voucher from Hurley Travel Experts.

Questions about attending this or other Mainebiz events can be directed to Rebekah Roy, Marketing/Events Manager at rroy@mainebiz.biz or 207-761-8379 ext.341.

What: The 5th Annual Momentum Convention

Where: Cumberland County Civic Center

When: Thursday, October 9, 2014

Who: Maine business owners, CEOs, company presidents, entrepreneurs, and professionals interested in networking with all of the above.

Hours: 7:30am – 4:00pm. Keynote is at 9:00am and exhibits are open from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Schedule here.

Registration: Registration is now open. Click here for more information on pricing and registration. Registration is required for some events and recommended for all.

Presenting: Bank of America / Merrill Lynch / U.S. Trust, and Efficiency Maine
Principal Sponsor: Eaton Peabody
Supporting Sponsors: MEMIC, Northeast Delta Dental, Mercedes Benz of Scarborough, Verizon Wireless, Garrand
Partner Sponsors: Broadreach Public Relations, Green Tree Event Consultants, Portland International Jetport
Exclusive Vendor Sponsors: Affordable Exhibit Displays, Headlight Audio Visual, The Snowman Group, and Welch Signage
Media Sponsors: The Forecaster, Gleason Media, and Maine Public Broadcasting Network

About Mainebiz
Now celebrating its 20th year, Mainebiz is a multimedia company providing business news, information and analysis for business owners and C-level executives in Maine, from Fort Kent to Kittery. Located in Portland, Maine, Mainebiz serves the business decision makers in Maine across multiple channels, including its flagship print publication, website, daily e-mail digest, events and its new and acclaimed Real Estate Insider e-mail news digest. Mainebiz is the recipient of myriad national, regional and local awards for journalistic excellence, outstanding design and graphics, and community service. Learn more at www.Mainebiz.biz.

About Momentum Convention
Momentum is an annual convention hosted by Mainebiz to connect business leaders and foster growth and innovation in Maine’s businesses. Spend the day with some of Maine’s most successful CEOs who will share how their transformational approach launched their companies to new heights. The Momentum Convention is a full day of learning and networking with your peers and customers, October 9, 2014 at the newly transformed Cumberland County Civic Center. For more information and to register visit: www.Mainebiz.biz/momentumconvention