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Maine Center for Creativity hosts Rockland entrepreneur for business growth discussion on June 18

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Center for Creativity  announced this week that acclaimed Rockland entrepreneur Shannon Kinney will give a talk on incorporating one’s passion into business and the entrepreneurial spirit at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St.

Founder and Client Success Officer of Dream Local Digital, a digital marketing agency based in Rockland, Kinney is well-known for the success of her company as well as being a leading voice on entrepreneurship and digital marketing. Kinney will highlight the Dream Local Digital story, from startup to providing online marketing services to hundreds of clients nationally. Specifically, the presentation will explore the importance of developing a company culture steeped in the company’s core values.

“Shannon helps entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes consider what success actually looks like,” said MCC’s executive director, Jean Maginnis. “We’re excited to highlight such an overwhelming entrepreneurial Maine success story. Shannon’s insight and experience making a dream reality promises to reenergize business people at all stages of their company’s growth.”

As part of MCC’s Creative Toolbox series, “Lessons in Entrepreneurship: Pursuing Your Passion” dovetails with the weeklong programming of Maine Startup and Create Week by showcasing Maine’s innovation and entrepreneurial culture and offering support and insight to new startups.

The seminar is geared toward creative thinkers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs. Pricing for non-members is $35, though attendees can become a member of the Maine Center for Creativity for the price of admission and receive their first seminar free. Admission is $15 for MCC members and students with valid student ID; USM students are free.

Seating is limited. Contact or visit to register.

About Maine Center for Creativity

The Maine Center for Creativity (MCC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) led by a volunteer board of directors. Founded in May 2005, MCC is committed to nurturing innovative companies and people in Maine by developing projects and programs that support the growth of creative industries and the arts. Among its creative educational and economic development projects are the highly visible Art All Around® international design competition to paint the South Portland Sprague Energy tanks, the Creative Toolbox Series, Pecha Kucha Portland events, the Community Art Task Force, the new Developing Creative Intelligence business training program, and the Maine Network of Innovation and Creativity, an in-person and digital “network of networks” to spur collaboration. MCC is also the founder and organizer of the biennial Maine Creative Industries Award. For more information, please visit

About Shannon Kinney

Shannon Kinney is the Founder and Client Success Officer of Dream Local Digital, a digital marketing agency that has worked with thousands of small businesses across North America. She has over 15 years of experience in the development of successful Internet products, sales and marketing strategies and has worked on the teams developing successful Internet brands such as,, and over 60 online media properties for newspapers all over the U.S. and Canada. Prior to that, she spent over 10 years in media sales and sales management in Maine. Shannon is considered an expert in the field of online marketing and social media, and speaks regularly at conferences on the subject. She was recently named one of the Women to Watch in 2013 by Maine Biz Magazine. For more information, visit or

Contact: Michael Geneseo

Broadreach Public Relations