April 8, 2018

Scratchpad welcomed John Burns, Managing Director of the Maine Venture Fund to its headquarters recently to talk with our entrepreneurs about governing their companies. John has over 30 years of institutional investing experience, and specializes in corporate governanc...

April 6, 2018

Last month Scratchpad welcomed to its headquarters Julie Harris, a community editor from the Bangor Daily News with over 39 years experience. At scratchpad she taught the entrepreneurs how to craft press releases and other community news so it will be published. Julie...

March 25, 2018

Scratchpad welcomed Success Strategist/Coach Lanette Pottle to its headquarters to talk about the power of productivity. Lanette has over 18 years experience in human resources, and has witnessed firsthand the role productivity plays in creating a successful business....

February 12, 2018

Last month, our Scratchpad entrepreneurs had the opportunity to learn about employment law from a diverse group of experts. This subject is especially relevant to the growing SP companies, as many of them are just starting to think about employing new help as their ope...

February 5, 2018

Today, more than ever, it is important to focus on how we can support, foster, and utilize the skills that are inherent to all women. This is especially eminent in the business world, as women add great value to entrepreneurship in Maine. There is a proven correlation...

January 10, 2018

When the Scratchpad companies are planning for the future of their scalable businesses, we consistently focus on what their barriers to entry are.  Barriers to entry are the aspects of a company that make it more difficult for others to imitate. The higher these barrie...

January 5, 2018

Read on for 3 more of Shannon's most important lessons:

Lesson 4: Be Honest With Yourself

“Ego cannot be on the table when you are dealing with your strengths and weaknesses.”

In the early days of Dream Local Digital, Shannon put everything she had into the growing busine...

January 1, 2018

Shannon Kinney, Founder and Client Success Officer of Dream Local Digital, walked into the room, wrote some numbers on a whiteboard, set the board aside, and jumped into her talk.

Shannon Kinney first made a splash in the business world with her foresight into the oppor...

November 15, 2017

In scalable businesses, there is an overwhelming need for an organization to add employees quickly to drive the business forward.  Hiring in this context is very different than hiring someone into a small business or an established large business, because the employees...

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