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Thursday, September 19

10:00am EDT

Growing Stage 2 Businesses
Limited Capacity seats available

Second-stage companies have moved beyond the startup phase and have the intent and capability to grow. With generally 10 to 99 employees and between $1 million and $50 million in annual revenue, these companies are significant job-creators, bring in outside dollars, offer high-quality jobs and contribute to their community. Learn more about second-stage companies from the nation’s leading Stage 2 advocate, the Edward Lowe Foundation, including how to work with them and how to develop the kind of supportive culture they need to flourish.

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Rich Grogan

Executive Director, Northern Border Regional Commission
Rich Grogan is currently the Executive Director of the Northern Border Regional Commission, a Federal-State partnership for economic and community development focused on communities in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. Prior to NBRC, Rich served as the Executive Director... Read More →
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Paul Bateson

General Manager of External Relations, The Edward Lowe Foundation
As the foundation’s general manager of External Relations, Paul Bateson is responsible for developing a strong national presence for the foundation and managing relationships with our partners in entrepreneurship and economic development. He also oversees Economic Gardening® and... Read More →

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Adam Hamilton

Co-Founder, Nuttin Ordinary
Adam R. Hamilton is a Co-Founder of the rapidly growing company Nuttin Ordinary whose motto is Eat Clean, Be Happy. The first 100% plant-based cashew cheese company in New England. Prior to Nuttin Ordinary Adam has a fifteen-year history in banking and other various management and... Read More →
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Amy LaBelle

Founder and Winemaker, LaBelle Winery
Amy LaBelle is the founder of and winemaker at LaBelle Winery. Formerly a corporate attorney practicing in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, her lifelong interest in wine led her to open LaBelle Winery to pursue her passion for winemaking. LaBelle Winery has developed into a destination... Read More →
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Dan Dube

Founder and CEO, Compass Innovative Behavior Strategies
Compass was founded by Dan and Ally Dube as a result of their own personal experiences as single parents struggling to raise children with developmental disabilities. After marrying in 2014, Dan and Ally launched Compass only three months later. Dan brings his business management... Read More →
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Michael Knapp

CEO, Green River
With professional roots in academic research and teaching, Michael founded GreenRiver in 2000, and has grown the company into an internationally renowned team ofsoftware architects and programmers. As CEO, Michael provides entrepreneurialleadership, and coordinates engagements with... Read More →
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Nancy Cain

Founder and Co-Owner, Against the Grain Gourmet
Nancy Cain is the founder and co-owner of Against The Grain Gourmet, a wholesale commercial gluten free bakery whose frozen products and baking mixes are distributed in the US and Canada. Founded in Brattleboro in 2007, the company employees 100 people and is consistently ranked as... Read More →
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Nicole Carrier

Co-Founder & President, Throwback Brewery
Nicole is Throwback Brewery's Marketing Guru, Chief Realist, and card-carrying M.B.A, handling marketing, business strategy, social media, and technology. Besides collaborating with both the brewers and the kitchen team about new recipe ideas (especially sausage recipes!), Nicole’s... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
The Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship 25 Roxbury Street Keene, NH 03431

2:00pm EDT

PitchFork - A Pitch Challenge with a Rural Fit
Limited Capacity seats available

The PitchFork Challenge provides money and momentum for local rural entrepreneurs to apply to be part of a business pitch competition. Over the summer local entrepreneurs are coached to create a compelling pitch and pitch deck describing their business opportunity in pursuit  of a cash award. There are two different tracks and awards; one for a rural startup business (less than three years old) and one to encourage the most important phase, the idea phase, by having soon to be entrepreneurs pitch their business idea with a cash award of $10,000 and $1,000 respectively. Join the excitement as these local rural entrepreneurs pitch their business and receive the “operating manual” on how to run this event in your own community. Winners will be announced at the CONNECT event in the evening.

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Judy Rogers

Founder and Owner, Prime Roast Coffee Co.
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Maureen Curtiss

Senior Business Unit Manager, Janos Technology
Maureen Curtiss is the Sr. Business Unit Manager for Janos Technology, a Fluke, Fortive Company in Keene, NH.Her prior business experience includes General Management Roles at The Timken Company in the precision products business including bearings, bearing overhaul and magnetic encoders... Read More →
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R.T. Brown

Director of Business Acceleration & Community Capital Development, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation
R.T. Brown has professional experience in online technologies, education, non-profit management, small business consulting, and ecosystem development. Areas of focus and interest include land use and planning, commercial real estate financing, regional economic development strategies... Read More →
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Roy Wallen

CEO, TendoNova Corporation
Roy Wallen leads Directional Healthcare Advisors, a NH-based advisory services company, and serves as CEO of TendoNova Corporation, an Atlanta-headquartered medical device startup.  He has served in leadership roles for new product initiatives in medical technology companies ranging... Read More →

Friday, September 20

9:00am EDT

Crazy Good: The Experienced Economy
Limited Capacity seats available

Think your aging population is a problem?  Think again!  This session shows the 50+ cohort as an asset to be embraced. Participate in a vibrant working session that will use exercises from the Experience Incubator® to ignite a dynamic dialog and create a Living Lab at the session. The Experience Incubator® is the first and foremost global program unleashing the potential of 50+ year olds in the workplace to activate entrepreneurial activity by catalyzing experience across generations. Its unique platform increases employee engagement and retention and accelerates innovation, knowledge transfer, productivity and new business startups. Activating intergenerational experience is today's competitive advantage. We call this "Experieneurship," and it's too valuable to ignore and it's crazy good!

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Elizabeth Isele

Founder and CEO, Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship
Founder and CEO, The Global Institute for Experienced EntrepreneurshipSenior Fellow in Social Innovation, Babson CollegeAssociate Fellow in Economics, Chatham House: The Royal Institute of InternationalResearchRecognized globally as a pioneering senior and inter-generational entrepreneurship... Read More →