The Ignition Awards
Jun
29
5:30 pm17:30

The Ignition Awards

  • Thompson's Point

The Ignition Awards:

PROPEL and the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to acknowledge businesses in Portland, Maine and the surrounding areas on the tremendous successes they've achieved over the past year through a brand new awards ceremony: The Ignition Awards.

Taking place at Thompson's Point, this oceanside awards ceremony will honor both small & large businesses who truly stand out from the crowd and have a positive impact on our extraordinary city.

One of the awards, Food Truck of the Year, will be decided by You - live at the event! 

Tickets are $20 for the first 100 registrants, $30 after. Each ticket is accompanied by 2 drink tickets and the #1 menu item from each of the competing food trucks.

Plan to come hungry, ready to network, celebrate, and enjoy drinks while watching special performers from Circus Maine! Attendees will have a sublime evening while we PROPEL Maine’s Future!

Award categories listed below. Click here to nominate your favorite local business!


Small Business Division (1-50 Employees)
1. Entreverge – “Hustler of the Year”
2. Social Entrepreneurship – for or not for profit business that encompasses passion for social issues accompanied with business success
3. Startup with a focus on Import/Export – existing or highest potential for imports/exports from /to Maine
Large Business Division (50+ Employees)
1. Growth Stimulation – hired the most people / created the most jobs
2. Social Entrepreneurship – for or not for profit business that encompasses passion for social issues accompanied with business success

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After Hours: Portland's Comprehensive Plan Unveiling
Apr
26
5:00 pm17:00

After Hours: Portland's Comprehensive Plan Unveiling

PROPEL is teaming up with the Chamber of Commerce & the City of Portland to bring you our next After Hours event on April 26th. We'll be enjoying delicious burgers and drinks from the newly opened BRGR Bar as the City unveils their new Comprehensive Plan for the city of Portland!

Registration is free but space is limited, so sign up now to reserve your spot.

Register Here

If you haven't made it out to BRGR BAR yet, take this opportunity to try one of their acclaimed 'Adult Milk Shakes' while you network with young professionals and witness the future of Portland.

The When: April 26th from 5-7PM

The Where: BRGR BAR - 11 Brown St. Portland, ME, 04101

The What: Comprehensive Plan Unveiling + Networking + Burgers & Adult Milk Shakes

Girl Scout Cookie Takeover at Fork Food Lab
Mar
6
6:00 pm18:00

Girl Scout Cookie Takeover at Fork Food Lab

  • Fork Food Lab

Beyond the cookies, empowerment:

While some people still think of them as just cookies, campfires, and friendship bracelets, Girl Scouts are so much more. When a girl is a Girl Scout, she's also a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)(tm). These traits define girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. This is the Girl Scout DNA, and every day, girls are taking the lead like a Girl Scout!

Girl Scouts are big thinkers, groundbreakers, and role models. Girl Scouts design robots, start garage bands, and improve their communities-and yes, they sell the best cookies on the planet.

During our event, we'll be having a Girl Scout Cookie takeover at Fork Food Lab. Fork Food Lab member chefs will be preparing delicious and fun Girl Scout Cookie concoctions for everyone to try while they network and learn about how the Girl Scouts smash leadership stereotypes. We'll also be selling cookies at the event and all profits will benefit Girl Scouts of Maine and make future events like this one possible.

Buy your tickets today to support female leadership development and empowerment in Maine. Research has shown recently that less than 8 cents of every dollar granted by US foundations goes toward girls and issues relevant to them - so let's make sure to raise some funds for them!

Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 if purchased the day of the event; tickets include all the Girl Scout Cookie treats you can manage!

Thank you to the Maine Technology Institute for being the official sponsor for this event. MTI provides funding for Maine’s Innovators to bring their ideas to the market, so it's happy to sponsor this event that supports the Girl Scouts of Maine new focus on innovation that will strengthen Maine’s pipeline of female innovators, scientists and leaders. Learn more about MTI at: www.mainetechnology.org/.

Winter Carnival: Fun with Spurwink
Feb
19
2:00 pm14:00

Winter Carnival: Fun with Spurwink

  • The Rink at Thompson's Point

This February PROPEL and Spurwink Services invite you to spread the love at our first co-hosted Winter Carnival. As part of PROPEL's In Focus series, we'll be raising awareness and funds for Spurwink.

The carnival is a family friendly event, fun for all ages, including ice skating, tubing on The Rink at Thompson's Point's new tubing hill, a winter obstacle course, food trucks such as Maker's Mug, and more. 

Tickets are $15 for adults, with free admission for kids. Tickets include skate rental, tubing on the hill, and for adults, your first beer, which was donated by the amazing Shipyard Brewing Company. Event proceeds will benefit Spurwink and will make it possible for PROPEL to host similar events in the future.

About Spurwink Services:
Spurwink helps children, adults and families affected by behavioral health challenges and developmental disabilities live healthy, engaged lives in their communities. Spurwink provides behavioral health and education services for children, adults and families. They operate 20 different community-based programs located in towns and cities throughout southern and central Maine, serving more than 4,500 individuals a year.

After Hours Ft. Lone Pine Brewing
Jan
25
5:30 pm17:30

After Hours Ft. Lone Pine Brewing

  • Lone Pine Brewing Company

Kick off 2017 with After Hours networking featuring one of our 2016 entreverge winners, Lone Pine Brewing Company
Learn more about Lone Pine Brewing and their passion for producing quality beer in the East Bayside neighborhood from Co-Founders John and Tom. Enjoy a Portland Pale Ale in the tasting room and tour the brewery floor while networking with other young professionals. 

Help us support this awesome local business #LiveandWorkinMaine

Ticket includes printed nametag and 1 drink!

Join the conversation! Use hashtag #PROPELafterhours

PDL: Home Buying By The Book
Dec
7
12:00 pm12:00

PDL: Home Buying By The Book

  • Keller Williams Realty Education Center

Buying your first home can be an overwhelming and confusing process. Gain guidance and info from the team of DOMAINE at this Professional Development Lunch. You'll get an overview of the entire buying process to better prepare you to enter the real estate market.

Mortgage rates are low, homes are affordable and the market is full of highly motivated sellers. Why throw away money on rent when you can be your own landlord? Bring your questions and your appetite- lunch will be served!

Meet The Presenter: Chris Lavoie

Chris has been buying/selling real estate for over 15 years and has personally purchased real estate to convert a multi-unit into condos, rehabbed and renovated over five properties, built a home from the ground up, and currently owns several rental properties. Through his professional and personal experience he has honed his skills, understanding the flow of the local real estate market, thus enabling him to help clients find the right time and property to invest in their future. It is of no surprise that Chris has been in the top 2% of Agents in Maine for the majority of his career.

A true Mainer (technically requiring at least three generations of family born in Maine!) matched with charisma and a good ‘ol New England work ethic, Chris has developed a extensive network of relationships — you might say he’s the Kevin Bacon of Portland, as it is difficult to find anyone with more than 2 degrees of separation from him.

Some would argue that Chris works 24 hours a day, but he can often be found mixing work with pleasure while trolling for fish in the bay, shredding moguls on his tele skis, nose riding his longboard along the Maine coast, captaining the infamous Strikes of Hazard bowling team, or adventuring with his partner in crime, Danielle, and their two young boys.

After Hours ft. American Roots
Nov
30
5:30 pm17:30

After Hours ft. American Roots

Join us for an After Hours networking event featuring one of our 2016 entreverge winners, American Roots! (Check out this short video about their mission!) Learn more about American Roots and their commitment to our community from co-owners Ben Waxman and Whitney Reynolds. Meet other young professionals, enjoy snacks & beverages provided by PROPEL, and tour the production area and newly opened retail space. 

Let's help support this amazing, local company by giving them a great turnout! #LiveandWorkinMaine

About American Roots:

In 2013, after spending 12 years in Washington, DC, founder and co-owner, Ben Waxman moved back to his hometown of Portland, Maine with a dream to create jobs in the place that he grew up and loved.

It took about a year contemplating how to make this happen and in what form this dream would come to fruition until one day, he realized that what he loved was what he grew up watching his mother create. A family of textiles and a business of manufacturing.

In 2014, Ben and his fiance AR co-owner Whitney Reynolds, took a trip to Massachusetts to a woolen mill and it was then that Ben’s dream started to gain momentum. He had watched the highs and lows of manufacturing in America and thought; why not bring this incredible industry that essentially disappeared in the United States back to life?

From this vision, American Roots was born.

The idea was simple; take Ben and Whitney's rolodexes and make them the foundation of sales. Take from that the ability to reach additional sales models of a growing number of Americans who want and need American made products.

Together We Toast
Nov
17
6:00 pm18:00

Together We Toast

Please join PROPELThe Portland Club, and Black Tie Companyfor an exciting night of music, drinks, magic, and socializing with other Greater Portland young professionals on November 17th at Together We Toast! This public, 21+ event will take place from 6-8:30pm at The Portland Club on State Street in Portland and will feature billiards, football on our large screen, cash bar, a magician, and tons of phenomenal people. Admission is free- you won't want to miss it!

What to Expect:

Open ballroom with DJ playing music, billiards, football on TV, cash bar, magician Phil Smith, delicious food and cash bar provided by Black Tie Company. Also, PROPEL will raffle off a free, one-year Energy Group membership ($100 value), and The Portland Club will raffle off a free, one-year membership ($250 value).

Join the conversation! Use the hashtag: #TogetherWeToast2016.

PDL: Networking to Maximize Your Relationships LIVE
Nov
10
12:00 pm12:00

PDL: Networking to Maximize Your Relationships LIVE

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Join PROPEL at BerryDunn’s office for its first Professional Development Luncheon! The professional development lunch will be hosted in BerryDunn's large conference room on the 2nd floor in the East Tower @ 100 Middle St. Doors open at 11:45 am. They have also graciously agreed to provide lunch! Tickets will be $10 to reserve a seat, which will go towards PROPEL. Space is extremely limited (only 40) so reserve your spot before it fills!

The Topic: Networking to Maximize Your Relationships

Presenter: Sarah Olson, Senior HR Consultant at BerryDunn

Relationships are everything in business, especially in a small city like Portland. Whether you’re looking to meet potential new clients, partners to help you identify business opportunities, or an advocate that will help you find your next career, networking is an effective way to make these connections. Join BerryDunn’s Senior HR Consultant, Sarah Olson, for a discussion on how to use networking to maximize your relationships — and even enjoy the experience.

About Sarah Olson

Sarah Olson has over 20 years of human resource and recruiting expertise, specializing in executive level positions in the areas of finance, information technology, operations and sales. Currently, Sarah provides recruiting and consultant work to clients throughout New England, resulting in successful hires for executive level and middle management positions. Sarah's areas of specialization include behavior-based recruiting, human resources consulting, employee relations, facilitation, compliance, and training.

 

Taste the World
Nov
2
6:00 pm18:00

Taste the World

  • Fork Food Lab

Taste the World right here in Portland, Maine!

Join PROPEL at the new Fork Food Lab for our second In Focus Series event on November 2nd from 6pm-8pm. Guests will taste delicious foods from around the world, prepared by Tu Casa Salvadorena RestaurantAmeera BreadAsmara RestaurantBabylon Restaurant, and the soon-to-open Mini Mogadishu Restaurant! This event is a unique opportunity to learn more about other cultures, explore a new shared kitchen space and support community development, all while networking with your peers.

The In Focus Series is part of PROPEL’s commitment to support young professionals’ growth in their careers, create meaningful connections, and become more deeply rooted in the community. PROPEL believes community engagement is integral to professional development and a well-rounded business profile. At Taste the World, you will learn about:

  • Coastal Enterprises Inc.’s Start Smart Program: a free business development program that helps immigrants start or grow a business. 

  • Maine Access Immigrant Network (main1.org): an organization that bridges access to health and social services for immigrants and refugees in Portland, Maine.

  • Maine Public Health Association: a nonprofit dedicated to improving and sustaining the health and well-being of all Maine residents by advocating for polices and environments that promote public health and health equity. 

Food tasting tickets are $15. For just $5 more you can participate in a culinary education program with participating chefs to learn how to prepare featured dishes!

**Space is limited! Buy your tickets now before they sell out!



This event is made possible by the generous contributions of Fork Food Lab, Maine's premier collaborative commercial kitchen serving new and existing food businesses. Event profits will support Fork Food Lab membership for New Mainer businesses in Portland, and will make more events like this possible.

J.A.M. Fest South (In-Focus Kick Off)
Oct
4
5:00 pm17:00

J.A.M. Fest South (In-Focus Kick Off)

  • Portland House of Music

Remember how much fun JAM Fest was last year? Well, it was only our first year & we've REALLY amped up the awesomeness!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 4 & join us at Portland House of Music and Events to:

Help us kick off our our In Focus series, by honoring the amazing volunteers of Junior Achievement of Maine & learn more about volunteering yourself. Enjoy yummy appetizers and drinks. Network with fellow young professionals. AND...dance the night away to Model Airplane

You won't want to miss this! **Please RSVP through Eventbrite**

After Hours - Featuring WEX
Sep
27
5:30 pm17:30

After Hours - Featuring WEX

  • Fore River Brewing

Join us for networking at the Fore River Brewery where we will be joined by senior leadership at WEX, www.wexinc.com! This will be great opportuntity to meet some of WEX's leadership team and expand your network into the businesses of South Portland. 

Fore River Brewery is sponsoring the first beer, there is ample outdoor space and even lawn games. This is sure to be a great way to spend a fall evening!

Casablanca Cruise Energy Mixer
Sep
8
5:00 pm17:00

Casablanca Cruise Energy Mixer

  • Casablanca Cruises

What better way to end summer than a cruise around beautiful Portland, ME! Join us as we celebrate the success of our new Energy Groups! We would like to keep the networking going, so now is your chance to learn more, join a group or even start a group. 

The cruise will allow you to get in some networking, listen to music, play games & enjoy appetizers all while taking in the beautiful views of Casco Bay.

Already in a group? We want YOU to come help us show everyone how fun & rewarding it can be so you and one guest can attend for free! 

Please note: boarding will begin at 5:00pm & the cruise will run from 5:30-8:30pm

**Space is limited so save your spot now on Eventbrite!**

Brews and BackPacks
Jun
23
5:30 pm17:30

Brews and BackPacks

  • Shipyard Brewing

To wrap up PROPEL's first year of In Focus events, we are partnering with Spurwink to bring members the inaugural Brews and BackPacks. At the event attendees will be able to network with their peers and meet other business leaders passionate about helping families through behavioral health services and education (learn more).

At the event attendees will have the opportunity to construct individual backpacks filled with goodies for children in foster care and child abuse programs. Don't miss your chance to put a smile on a child in needs face!

Tickets are $20 and all proceed go to the Spurwink, and creation of the backpacks. The tickets also include 2 drink tickets and appetizers!

 

 

 

8th Annual entreverge!
Jun
16
6:00 pm18:00

8th Annual entreverge!

  • The Rooftop

Learn More & Register - the first 100 tickets are $15 dollars off!

Annually, entreverge brings together hundreds of members of Greater Portland’s business community to award five local entrepreneurs and innovators. The winners will receive the 2016 entreverge prize package to help grow and improve their businesses.

This year things are extra exciting as we will be celebrating outside, on a rooftop in downtown Portland. It can't get much better than that! So please, join us for some appetizers & help us raise a glass to the entrepreneurs who help to make Portland an amazing place to live!



 

After Hours - Top of the East
Jun
1
5:30 pm17:30

After Hours - Top of the East

  • Top of The East

Join PROPEL at TOP of the East for its bi-monthly After Hours networking event. This event will be special, as PROPEL will be providing details on how to apply to join PROPEL's board and the recent success of members joining the new Energy Groups. 

AND keeping to tradition there will be a raffle (4 x $25 Visa Cards)! 

Apr
21
5:30 pm17:30

Energy Group Formation

Energy Group Formation

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Thursday, April 21st, 2016 | 5:00PM – 7:00PM
Rivalries Sports Pub and Grill (Upstairs) | 10 Cotton Street, Portland, ME
FREE | Register below

Ready to join or build an Energy group? It’s not too late! This event will give leaders and members a chance to get to know one another and begin forming a group. A cash bar will be available and light appetizers will be provided! (If you’re interested in leading & haven’t reached out to Steph, please do so ASAP! Her email is stephanie@lotfeydennett.com)