Central Maine Converge and Create Weekend hosted by Thomas College on November 17 and 18

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WATERVILLE, MAINE, October 2017 — Calling all innovators! Central Maine Converge and Create Weekend will be hosted at Thomas College in Waterville on November 17 and 18.

The two-day event is for innovators, creators, technologists and entrepreneurs interested in learning how to turn an idea into a business or venture. Participants will be engaged in thought provoking keynotes, workshops, breakout sessions, and networking with experts in their field.

Registration is available online. Cost is $35 for general public and free for college students.

The Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation at Thomas College in conjunction with the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, Central Maine Growth Council, Waterville Creates!, Waterville Public Library, and CGI will host the inaugural event.

“We are ecstatic to bring this event to Central Maine. This area is filled with people who have a dream or idea – and we hope to provide them with the resources to bring those dreams to life,” said Executive Director of Thomas College’s Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation Mike Duguay.

Keynote addresses will be given by Bonnie Rukin, of Slow Money Maine, and Jess Knox, Venture Hall co-founder and President.

Breakout sessions include Nate Towne, of Christopher Hastings Confections; Amber Lambke, President and CEO of Maine Grains; Karen Getz, founder of Maine Crisp Co.; and Pamela Fortin, founder of North Circle Studio.

Business startup resource providers will also be available to chat with. They include: Maine Technology Institute, Maine Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, Coastal Enterprises, INC., Maine Venture Fund, Department of Agriculture and more.

Learn more and register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/central-maine-converge-and-create-weekend-tickets-38299694417 .

About Thomas College: Founded in 1894, Thomas College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in programs ranging from business, entrepreneurship, and technology, to education, criminal justice, and psychology. Its Guaranteed Job Program, the first of its kind in the nation, is built on student’s academic, career, and leadership preparation. Thomas is also home to the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation and the Center for Innovation in Education. Money Magazine recently ranked Thomas 23rd in the Country for adding the most value to their degrees, and data reported by the New York Times ranks Thomas in the top 15 percent of all college and universities in the U.S. for upward mobility of its graduates. For more information, visit www.thomas.edu or contact MacKenzie Riley at rileym@thomas.edu or 207-859-1313.

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