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Disappointing News from the SBA

Keith McBride on July 06, 2017 in Ec. Dev. Challenges, Entrepreneurship

In 2015, the towns of Yarmouth, Freeport, Brunswick, Bath and Topsham cooperated to bring a new, SBA-funded business assistance program called “Scale Up” to the area. Amidst the $43.2 million being cut this year from the Small Business Administration is the elimination of Scale Up.  The total cost of the program is…


Freeport’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Keith McBride on May 24, 2017 in Uncategorized

A few years ago, a friend and colleague gave me Brad Feld’s book Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City. I read it almost immediately, because “building an entrepreneurial ecosystem” was something I definitely wanted to accomplish, and I couldn’t wait for my to-do list to explode with…


Things You Didn’t Know About Freeport: We See Movies for Free

Keith McBride on September 15, 2016 in Lesser Known Freeport Facts

There are a number of interesting factoids about our small but popular town.  You already know that Freeport is the home of L.L. Bean, and you may also know we have our very own Desert.  But I want to focus on some of Freeport’s lesser-known features.  While these are not well-known, I…