UMaine, Maine Technology Institute to launch entrepreneurship program
ORONO — The University of Maine, in partnership with the Maine Technology Institute, is building a startup seed accelerator for Maine entrepreneurs. The pilot program, called Scratchpad Accelerator, starts Aug. 31 in Bangor.
Scratchpad Accelerator will work with up to four high-potential, high-growth entrepreneurial teams to validate their customer base, value proposition and business model. The selected startups will participate at no cost and will each receive $25,000 in seed funding. Participating entrepreneurs will work full time on their businesses, with daily learning sessions, extensive mentor interactions and a push to develop and test hypotheses as frequently as possible to ensure that their companies are moving in the right direction.
Maine producers a priority in upcoming University food service contract
AUGUSTA — The University of Maine System’s award-winning strategic procurement department is preparing to issue a Request for Proposals in August of 2015 for a food service vendor contract for six of system’s seven campuses that provided meal plans to 2,766 students in the fall of 2014. Procurement staff and members of the University of Maine System Board of Trustees have been meeting with members of the Maine Food for the UMaine System Coalition over the last several months to consider recommendations on how to make local, sustainably produced foods a priority in the RFP process. The university system anticipates an award announcement in January of 2016 and the signing of a contract in March of 2016.
The University of Maine in Orono, which provided meal plans for 3,809 students in the fall of 2014, has a self-operated dining program and will not be a part of the upcoming RFP. UMaine has a strong commitment to local sourcing and spends 18 percent of its annual food service expenditure budget, approximately $1 million, with Maine-based companies.
Hollywood Casino honors Responsible Gaming Education Week
BANGOR – Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway, Bangor, has taken time to educate its patrons and employees about responsible gaming. In what has become an annual tradition, the week, Aug. 3-7 this year, is theme-driven. The 2015 theme is called “Get to Know Responsible Gaming” and is intended to replicate a typical successful dating experience, complete with a “meet the parents” scenario and a Responsible Gaming Dating Game.
“We always have fun with Responsible Gaming Education Week, even though the subject matter is something we take very seriously,” said Jose Flores, general manager, Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway. “When playing games stops being fun and starts becoming a problem, we want to make sure that both our customers and employees recognize that it’s time to stop. This year’s theme will once again give us an opportunity to offer responsible gaming education in a way that is not only informative but entertaining.”
Hot Shots graduation at Penobscot Job Corps
BANGOR - Forest Rangers and firefighters of the future graduated from a Bangor-based program at Penobscot Job Corps Center.
The Penobscot Job Corps and Maine Forest Service celebrated the fourth class to make it through the Hot Shot program. They now are qualified to help rangers battle blazes here in Maine. Some will complete advanced classes, with the goal of obtaining their “Red Card,” which would qualify them for national deployment.
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