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ACE Meeting - On the Road!

  • September 20, 2019
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Brunswick Hotel, 4 Noble St., Brunswick


  • ACE Member and SPC Affiliate Pricing when paid in advance
  • Pay now for the next consecutive 6 months and you do not have to remember to register again for 6 months!
  • 12 consecutive meetings for the price of 11! Plus the bonus of not having to register again for a year!
  • This option is for a Prospective ACE member or someone that would just like to attend a particular meeting as a Guest. All are welcome!
  • Maine Career Development Associates or Institute for Family Owned Business members can register at ACE member pre-registration pricing ($22). As a 'walk-in' the price for entry is $28.00

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Join ACE 'On the Road' -
this meeting will be at the Brunswick Hotel in Brunswick!

The STARC Reality-
How Walls can be As Exciting as Bean Boots


How MTI is using a Business Self-Assessment Tool

STARC Systems began as a startup in TechPlace on Brunswick Landing and has expanded manufacturing into a dedicated building.  The President and CEO, Chris Vickers, will tell the story and give insight into how they have overcome and are continuing to overcome the barriers along the way.

We will also have Joe Migliaccio, Director of Business Development speaking about how MTI is using VIRAL®:

What is VIRAL® and  How does MTI use VIRAL®?

VIRAL, Venture Investment Readiness Assessment Levels, is a framework originally developed by Village Capital, a nationally recognized leader in investment and entrepreneurial development. It is a self-assessment tool for measuring the maturity of an organization or business across eight different areas.

MTI, in partnership with Village Capital, has adopted and adapted this framework to help guide investment decisions and promote a common language that will improve communications between investors and organizations seeking their investment.  While the tool is focused on venture-investment readiness, it can be applicable to nearly every type of organization, so we encourage anyone applying to MTI for funding to start with this assessment.  The presentation will also provide an overview of MTI’s purpose and it’s process for decision-making and management of grants, loans and equity investments.

About Our Speakers:

Chris Vickers, President and CEO, STARC Systems, Inc., has held several senior leadership positions within building supply, retail and software markets over his 30-year career including LLBean and Hancock Lumber. He became President and CEO in 2017.  

At STARC Systems he is focused on setting the strategic direction and leading the team in developing and manufacturing innovative products, expanding the sales network, delivering exceptional customer service and building the company culture.

Chris grew up in Caribou and graduated from Colby College and Harvard Business School. 

Joe Migliaccio is MTI’s Director of Business Development. Joe leads MTI’s targeted effort to expand MTI’s funding opportunities for technology development with early and late-stage ventures. An original member of the startup team at MTI in 2000, he is well-connected in Maine’s entrepreneurial community, and serves on the Maine Accelerates Growth leadership team.

Joe has been involved with small business throughout his life, including ownership in specialty foods and retail service.  He has formal and practical training in immunology, bioassays, product development and business leadership. During 10 years at IDEXX Laboratories in Westbrook, Maine, he worked as an assay development project leader in R&D, a supervisor of global technical support and managed a multi-million dollar line of tests and equipment. He has had primary responsibility for product-line strategy, product launch, customer satisfaction and achievement of revenue goals.

Joe initially studied engineering at the University of Maine and graduated with an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Southern Maine. He holds an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH and serves on various business boards and committees.

There will be no Roundtable as this meeting will extend through the full timeframe.

Location: we will be meeting at the lovely Brunswick Hotel, 4 Noble Street, in Brunswick. Here is a link to directions.

The Facts...


The ACE regular meeting has networking, a buffet breakfast and a speaker. Guests are welcome.

Registrations (and registration cancellations) are required by September 17th. If you want to be included on the registration list at the meeting then you need to register by the due date. 

You can pay online by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) or mail a check to:
110 Marginal Way #142
Portland ME 04101

If you are mailing a check, please register here so the system can track the registrants for us. Thanks!

Members: the $22 fee only works if you pay in advance. At the door, it is $28.


If you find you can't attend, please notify us by September 17th. After that date, we cannot refund or push forward.

Cancellation - the meeting will be cancelled if Portland Schools are cancelled.

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