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December 5, 2018

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Maine Discovery Museum  

The Maine Discovery Museum in the heart of Bangor is full of hands-on, interactive exhibits and activities. Spend the day learning with the family at the Maine Discovery Museum! 

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September 7, 2017

As far as online and in-person aviation training goes, WINGSsReality EDU is world-renowned for being one of the best. An Orono-based technology company and academic institution that offers innovation programs focused on aviation training, WINGs Reality services clients...

June 9, 2017

In a country where learning is heavily focused on test scores, Hashim A’Allah, a poet, live- performer, and broadcast specialist, has founded a company to help reengage students in their education. Hallah Edutainment develops creative curricula that facilitates youth p...

June 2, 2017

           This week on “Talking Top Gun” we’re featuring our fantastic sponsor First National Bank! Most of you probably don’t know that the majority of our Top Gun Accelerator is funded by sponsors to ensure that the program is affordable for our participants, and we...

May 26, 2017

Some of you may know that we held our Top Gun Regional Showcase this week, so it only seemed fitting to feature one of Tuesday night’s winners in this week’s Talking Top Gun! Melissa Smith, along with her partner, founded GirlZone Fitness, which is a program that offer...

May 12, 2017

You may have already heard about this week’s Top Gunner; Josh Henry of GO Lab recently won the Season Finale of the Big Gig Pitch-Off! GO Lab is a research and development company that has created an eco-friendly, wood fiber, insulation board. Started by the founders o...

May 1, 2017

As Earth day just passed us by, the time is just perfect to introduce our Top Gunner – George McBride of DownEast Turbines.  George, with many years of experience in manufacturing, has patented a technology for tidal turbines to help generate electricity. What better w...

April 14, 2017

It’s Friday, so it must be another segment of Talking Top Gun, a blog series where I interview entrepreneurs in the Top Gun Entrepreneurship Accelerator! This week I chatted with married duo Paige and Mike Wilcox of Wilcox Wellness and Fitness, a personal training faci...

March 31, 2017

If you’re a fan of Hello Fresh or Blue Apron, you’re going to love this week’s Talking Top Gun business, Portions! Brian Ross, the founder of Portions, is a chef with decades of culinary experience who wanted a faster, more convenient way to prepare a meal. His solutio...

March 17, 2017

Imagine a place to get together with friends on a Friday night where drinking isn’t the main focus, a place where customers actually interact with their loved ones instead of being glued to their phones. Derek Porter, our chosen Top Gunner for this week’s Talking Top G...

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