Meet The Entrepreneurs

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Alicia Menard

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Jennell Carter

Alicia Menard & Jennell Carter

Casco Bay Butter

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Casco Bay Butter makes all-natural artisan butters using cream from local dairy farmers. They slow-churn their butter in small batches and make over 20 flavors of compound butters. All of their butters are churned, crafted and packaged in Scarborough, Maine.

Founders: Jennell Carter, Alicia Menard
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Jay Lombard

Finest Kind
Mixers & Modifiers

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Finest Kind Mixers & Modifiers are concentrated tea blends that can be prepared iced, hot, sparkling or used as a base for cocktails. The four flavors incorporate the four primary varieties of tea - black, green, herbal (hibiscus) and exotic (rooibos), while the name of each flavor incorporates a specific year in the history of tea or a major turning point in beverage consumption (e.g. Prohibition). Every one of our tea mixers is a carefully crafted infusion of elemental tastes, designed to bloom the instant they’re added to water or a favorite cocktail.

Founder: Jay Lombard

Meet The Judges

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Beth Shissler
Elizabeth Shissler, President & Chief Sustainability Officer of Sea Bags, LLC. was born and raised in Maine.

Shissler, with experience working for global companies and extensive overseas business travel, came back to Maine and bought into, incorporated and built Sea Bags, a privately owned company that designs and manufacturers tote bags and other products from recycled sails. Sea Bags products are now sold globally and are designed and manufactured in Portland, Maine. Currently employing over 40 with plans to expand to 100 in next five years, Sea Bags was founded on being green in product/practice, made in Maine and active stewards to our working waterfront community.

Beth also serves on the Board for the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. She was on the steering committee for Maine’s Advanced Textiles Consortium. She earned an undergraduate degree in business and international studies from Heidelberg University, an MBA from Boston University. In 2011, Shissler was named a “Woman to Watch” by Maine Biz. Sea Bags/Beth also earned the Maine Investment Award for investment in jobs in Maine’s economy.
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Shawn Moody
Shawn Moody is founder and current co-worker at Moody’s Collision the largest car collision repairer in New England. His family goes back four generations in Gorham. He’s been married to his wife Chrissi for 27 years and has 4 now young adults Danielle, Jim, Ben and Nate. Danielle and her husband Kyle Plante have two daughters Amelia and Jacqueline. When they’re able to grab some time off they enjoy cruisin’ in their ’66 Vette which they recently restored as well as flying to remote areas of Maine in their Experimental aircraft.
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Jason Harkins
Jason Harkins, Ph. D. is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Maine Business School at the University of Maine. He is an active mentor to entrepreneurs throughout the state of Maine and is involved with Scratchpad Accelerator, Top Gun Entrepreneurship Accelerator, and SCORE among others. He teaches new venture creation, small business management and strategic management and conducts research on entrepreneurial hiring, firing, mentoring and exit.
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