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Event Details

Blitz is the Bangor area's entrepreneurship conference. The conference is for founders, side hustlers, makers, scalable and corporate entrepreneurs, providing a time for everyone to connect, learn and engage. Blitz supports the entrepreneurial ecosystem for all in the greater Bangor area and will convene interested individuals annually.


Registration Includes:

$15 on a Buoy Local gift card for lunch downtown

Two free drinks plus heavy appetizers at the networking event

Continental breakfast Saturday morning

Blitz t-shirt

Agenda

Day 1

11 AM

60 mins

Keynote Address
The Keynote address will talk about Heidi's entrepreneurial journey; moving from corporate america to running a growing chain of specialty pet food stores. This event will be hosted at Bangor Arts Exchange (193 Exchange St, Bangor, ME 04401)

12 PM

60 mins

Lunch
Choose from local eateries and eat with your fellow attendees.

1 PM

255 mins

Attend Sessions within the Tracks

5:15 PM

6:30 PM

Networking Cocktail Hour
Join your fellow conference attendees for a networking social at The Tarratine Club (81 Park St.) This session is sponsored by Buoy Local and will feature wonderful heavy appetizers, beer and wine.

Track 1

1 PM

75 mins

Taking Your Business International

2:30 PM

75 mins

The Perfect Pitch
Whether you are starting a business, or working on growing your business, your Business Pitch is an essential part of your business toolbox. As an entrepreneur you need to be able to pitch or make the case for the business product, project or idea you intend to sell. A great business pitch succinctly conveys your story quickly and succinctly, and is often utilized to secure funding for your idea. Session one of this two session workshop will provide best practices to keep in mind and example pit...
Whether you are starting a business, or working on growing your business, your Business Pitch is an essential part of your business toolbox. As an entrepreneur you need to be able to pitch or make the case for the business product, project or idea you intend to sell. A great business pitch succinctly conveys your story quickly and succinctly, and is often utilized to secure funding for your idea. Session one of this two session workshop will provide best practices to keep in mind and example pitches from experienced pitchers.

**** If you are interested in pitching in session two on Saturday, you must attend this session ****
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4 PM

5:15 PM

Scalable Entrepreneurship
Facebook, Uber, Airbnb...What do these businesses have in common? They are scalable companies. Scalable businesses look very different than Main St. businesses and they have to do some key things differently as they grow. Learn about critical decision points to be aware of as you grow your business into a global powerhouse

Track 2

1 PM

75 mins

Diversify your Revenue: Selling to the Government
Attendees will learn basic principles of federal marketplace and how to compete

2:30 PM

75 mins

Pricing for Profit
One key to business success is setting a profitable price for your products and services. Setting any price is easy, but determining the price at which you can remain competitive and still make a profit is considerably more difficult. This session will help small business owners develop a profitable pricing strategy for their business. We will explore some of the key elements of profitable pricing and discuss how to apply these principles to your own business.

4 PM

5:15 PM

Business Planning for New Businesses
This session will review the process for developing the organization’s value proposition to customers and preparing a customer/market analysis. In addition, financial planning topics, i.e. budgets, forecasts and financial analysis, and their importance in business planning will be presented.

Track 3

1 PM

75 mins

Business Basics

2:30 PM

75 mins

Business Planning for Established Businesses

4 PM

5:15 PM

Succession Planning/Planning for a Successful Exit
The vast majority of value created from entrepreneurs comes when they sell their business to someone else. In order to make the most of this sale, you need to be thinking about your exit from the business from the time you start it up. This session will make sure you set yourself up for a successful exit no matter where you are in the entrepreneurial journey.

Unconference Track

All track sessions will be happening at the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce (2 Hammond St., Suite 1)

1 PM

2:15 PM

Financing Opportunities "Unconference"
Interested in figuring out how to finance the beginning or growth of your venture? Come to this "unconference" session and meet with the expert you want to learn about funding options and ask your questions. We have experts on crowdfunding, traditional lending, grant options and equity funding.

2:30 PM

5:15 PM

Marketing Tactics "Unconference"
Google Analytics, ROI, Influencer Marketing are the marketing terms everyone is talking about. Learn what these terms mean, how they can be used effectively and hear from other business owners about what has worked for them.

Day 2

8 AM

9 AM

Continental Breakfast
Breakfast from Bagel Central at the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce office.

Track 1

9 AM

10:15 AM

Who is your Customer?
Come learn the process of customer discovery for any new product or service whether you are a new or existing business. This knowledge will help to drive all aspects of your business from how to reach your audience to pricing. Getting out of the office and speaking to customers will help you to develop products that people love, price your products well, understand challenges customers have with the current offerings in the market, etc. In this session, you will: Learn how to develop an "ideal c...
Come learn the process of customer discovery for any new product or service whether you are a new or existing business. This knowledge will help to drive all aspects of your business from how to reach your audience to pricing. Getting out of the office and speaking to customers will help you to develop products that people love, price your products well, understand challenges customers have with the current offerings in the market, etc. In this session, you will: Learn how to develop an "ideal customer" profile, Learn how to develop an interview protocol to understand the market needs, and Learn what to do with the information you have gathered.
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10:30 AM

11:45 AM

Who is your Competition?
Who do you compete with? Is it the store down the street? Some online storefront? Deciding who your competition is and identifying what you should do in competing is a critical aspect of growing your business. In this session learn about how to categorize your competitors and about the options for competing.

Track 2

9 AM

10:15 AM

Young Entrepreneurs
Bring your child(ren) and stop by our Young Entrepreneurs session to enjoy engaging, hands-on activities focused on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness. These project-based programs feature various games and activities adapted from Junior Achievement (JA) lessons delivered at schools throughout Maine and across the world. The goal of this program is to help youth make connections between what they are learning and potential future career paths by inspiring and preparing them...
Bring your child(ren) and stop by our Young Entrepreneurs session to enjoy engaging, hands-on activities focused on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness. These project-based programs feature various games and activities adapted from Junior Achievement (JA) lessons delivered at schools throughout Maine and across the world. The goal of this program is to help youth make connections between what they are learning and potential future career paths by inspiring and preparing them to dream big and reach their potential.
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10:30 AM

11:45 AM

Business Basics

Track 3

9 AM

10:15 AM

Making the Most out of Your Side Hustle
Do you have a hobby that you are considering turning into a business? How do you make the decision to make the leap? What's involved in converting kudos from friends and family into a business? Learn all of this and more from a serial entrepreneur who has done this repeatedly.

10:30 AM

11:45 AM

Perfect Pitch - Pitchoff
Whether you are starting a business, or working on growing your business, your Business Pitch is an essential part of your business toolbox. As an entrepreneur you need to be able to pitch or make the case for the business product, project or idea you intend to sell. A great business pitch succinctly conveys your story quickly and succinctly, and is often utilized to secure funding for your idea. Participants from session one will have the opportunity to compete for a spot in this pitchoff sess...
Whether you are starting a business, or working on growing your business, your Business Pitch is an essential part of your business toolbox. As an entrepreneur you need to be able to pitch or make the case for the business product, project or idea you intend to sell. A great business pitch succinctly conveys your story quickly and succinctly, and is often utilized to secure funding for your idea. Participants from session one will have the opportunity to compete for a spot in this pitchoff session where they will have the opportunity to pitch to a panel with an award to the best pitch of the day.
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Unconference Track

All track sessions will be happening at the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce (2 Hammond St., Suite 1)

9 AM

11:45 AM

Workforce Issues "Unconference"
Recruiting and retaining employees is always a challenge. Learn some basics and hear from a business owner who has used some unconventional methods to create happy, loyal employees.

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Organizing Team

Blitz is organized by a team dedicated to promoting and supporting entrepreneurship in and around the Bangor Region. Co-founded by Leslie Poake and Jason Harkins, the event was organized by:


Kitty Barbee - Eastern Maine Development Corporation

Marge Barker - SCORE

Jason Harkins - Scratchpad Accelerator and Maine Business School

Deb Neuman - Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce

Jim Pineau - Small Business Association

Leslie Poake - LG&H

Shelley Sund - Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce

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