Niche Purveyors - Winter Education Events

Feb 17 1:00 pm

SATURDAY, 1:00-3:00 PM

Self-starters who have seen a need, followed their passion and made it in Maine!

Join us for a four-part series of events that celebrates the pioneers and innovators of Maine’s business community. Like the stories of daredevils and inventors told through our collection, these modern-day entrepreneurs have earned notoriety by blending convention with contemporary.

Celebrate the unique journeys of notable local businesses as speakers reveal details behind their inventions and ideas. Indulge your curiosity as these dynamic speakers share their stories of success and open up about the ingenuity, luck and grit it takes to make it here in Maine.

$10 Suggested Donation / Light Refreshments Provided
Reserve seats online and be entered to win two summer event tickets!


Loyal Biscuit

After purchasing this single-location business in 2010, Heidi Neal has turned Loyal Biscuit into a thriving, five-location sensation with a mission to create healthy treats and durable, locally made toys. Recent Awards: 2015 Best Pet Supply Store in the country by Pet Business Monthly, Maine Small Business Person of the Year for 2015, and Maine Retailer of the Year in 2017. Learn more…

Bixby & Co.

Kate McAleer and her craft chocolate company represent a new breed of young entrepreneurs who possess a renewed American spirit that drives them to create new businesses that are socially responsible while incredibly supportive of local communities. The greatest inspiration for her recipes has been her strong, intimate relationships with family and community in addition to an active, health-conscious lifestyle. Learn more…

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Inc.

Founded in 1981 by Thomas Lie-Nielsen, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks thrives on a mission to design and create beautiful, heirloom quality, hand tools that inspire woodworkers and other artisans. Today, they make over 100 types of planes, saws, spokeshaves, chisels, floats and offer improved and refined designs, and use better materials like Ductile Iron and Manganese Bronze for castings and cryogenically treated A-2 Tool Steel for the blades. Learn more…

Ducktrap River of Maine

Starting as the Plant Manager in 1984, Dustin Batley has watched this local purveyor of premium seafood products grow from a staff of 8 to 120. Ducktrap River of Maine is an all-natural smokehouse located on the coast of Maine with a strong commitment to producing premium quality smoked seafood by using traditional smoking techniques The goal of Ducktrap has always been to “wow” each customer, one bite at a time. Learn more…



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