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A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -November 2011

  • November 18, 2011
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Portland Country Club, Rt 88, Falmouth Maine


  • Member Pricing when paid in advance
  • Non-member pricing
  • Register for the next 6 months now and you do not have to remember to register again for this period!
  • 12 meetings for the price of 11 - plus the bonus of not having to remember to register again for a year!

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Hear all about it: Maine is about to become a top national center for entrepreneurship.

Presented by Don Gooding, Executive Director for Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development. 



Maine’s economy is dominated by small businesses and aspiring innovators, so interactions between entrepreneurs and consultants are common yet pose a host of issues that need to be thoughtfully addressed. This talk will address these issues in the context of MCED’s work: our business incubation, Campus Ventures and Top Gun entrepreneurship acceleration programs; our historic and emerging relationship with ACE; the implications of Blackstone Accelerates Growth, Innovation Engineering and “incubator in the cloud” for the future.  Issues discussed will include: what is the proper role of free services for entrepreneurs vs. the private sector?  How can consultants build relationships and appropriately offer "try before you buy" with cash-challenge start-ups?

Don Gooding was a telecommunications market analyst and venture capitalist for fifteen years, founded and ran a global specialty music business for sixteen years, and has invested as an angel since the late 1990s. As Research Partner for Accel Partners (1986-1996), he investigated new telecom and networking markets, finding and evaluating new investment opportunities. Don authored a monthly column in Communications Week, was co-chair of the annual Accel/Stanford Center for Telecommunications Symposium, and was the first webmaster in the venture capital industry. He worked closely with companies such as UUNET, Teleos, Clear Communications and PictureTel. Later, as the "mogul of a cappella," he built the largest source of a cappella music in the world in Southwest Harbor Maine. As a member of Maine Angels he has invested in early stage technology companies, including Ocean Renewable Power Company, Emergent Music, Axon Labs, Neuroptix and IW Financial. Don received his B.A. from Yale University cum laude with distinction in Economics in 1981, concentrating on the economics of data transmission.

About Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development:
A leading-edge virtual resource, MCED offers many entrepreneurship programs to ensure that Maine’s most promising start-ups receive the assistance necessary to meet their full potential.  Programs include:  Campus Ventures, which provides mentoring, curriculum and community to competitively selected entrepreneurs; Top Gun, a venture development and mentorship program for early-stage start-ups; and Lunch-and-Learn seminars, which serve as an asset to the learning experience.  MCED partners with numerous organizations, and relies on a robust network of volunteer mentors and professional services providers, to ensure that Maine's most promising start-ups receive the assistance necessary to achieve their full potential. (For more information, see

This presentation is video recorded by Digital Workshops. Thank you, Kim Mitchell!


Thank you to Shirley Douglas, Douglas Design, for flyer and banner graphics.


A Round Table discussion follows this meeting:

The Power of Getting Published

presented  by Rick Dacri, Dacri Associates


Rick Dacri of Dacri & Associates will provide insights on two critical elements for consulting success: 1) how to get published and 2) how to leverage your publications into increased sales, speaking engagements and professional repute.




The A.C.E. regular meeting has networking, a buffet breakfast and a speaker. Guests are welcome.

Registrations are required by November 16, 2011. 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 or Discover NOT AMERICAN EXPRESS!) or mail a check to:
P O Box 404
Gorham, ME 04038

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.

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