The Keep It Local Maine Podcast
Episode 28: Michelle Neujahr - Maine Business Consultant & Entrepreneur

Episode 28: Michelle Neujahr - Maine Business Consultant & Entrepreneur

March 3, 2021

This week, we welcomed back our first repeat guest to the podcast - Maine business consultant and entrepreneur, Michelle Neujahr! We talked about the role of a business coach in working with local businesses, how she begins and ends each year, what people starting a business in 2021 should think about, what podcasts and books she recommends, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Michelle is the owner of nu-yar, a Maine-based consulting firm focused on helping businesses grow strategically. As a consultant, Michelle works with businesses who want to grow, need help managing current growth, and with organizations who need help with their strategic planning process. In addition to owning nu-yar, Michelle launched NU-YAR Construction with her husband David this fall. NU-YAR Construction is a full-service residential construction firm uniquely focused on providing a quality building experience for our clients. Michelle is passionate about entrepreneurship, family, and professional development. She also loves to talk to random strangers about their business ideas.

You can learn more about Michelle's business consultancy, nu-yar at www.nu-yar.com - which you can also follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Learn more about NU-YAR Construction at www.nuyarconstruction.com - and follow them on Facebook or LinkedIn.

 

MICHELLE'S RECOMMENDATIONS:

- The E Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What To Do About It by Micheal E. Gerber - available on Amazon or Bookshop

- HBR IdeaCast

- How I Built This with Guy Raz

- Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman

- Fast Forward Maine Podcast

- The Grow Maine Show

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 27: Nikki Strout from Rugged Seas

Episode 27: Nikki Strout from Rugged Seas

February 25, 2021

This episode, we had a chance to speak with Nikki Strout from Rugged Seas - a family-owned Maine business that takes used fishing gear and recycles it into great bags and other apparel! We talked about the inspiration for their company, life as a fishing family, the organizations they work with and give back to, success, and much more.

 

ABOUT OUR GUESTS:

Taylor and Nikki Strout are a fishing family that grew up in Maine. They have three young boys and have recently started a company, Rugged Seas, that takes used fishermen’s hauling pants and oil skins and recycles them into bags, clutches, hats and other products. Rugged Seas was created with a mission to tell the fishermen’s story and shed a light on the life of a fishing family.

You can learn more about Rugged Seas at www.ruggedseas.com - where you can also order apparel and bags or contribute used fishing gear. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates and news.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 26: Kimberly LaBrecque from College Solutions

Episode 26: Kimberly LaBrecque from College Solutions

February 18, 2021

This week, we spoke with Kimberly LaBrecque from College Solutions about the process they use to help connect students with the right college for them, guiding families through the process while keeping it fun, who has inspired her, how important finding the right school can be, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUESTS:

College Solutions is a second-generation family business helping students identify colleges that are the perfect fit academically, socially, and financially. They have guided over 10,000 families through their college search since 1995. Their streamlined admissions process helps students choose the right schools for the right reasons. They keep the process fun, realistic and maintain peace at the dinner table!

You can learn more about College Solutions at www.collegesolutionsus.com as well as calling them at (207) 767-7374. Follow them on Facebook for updates and news.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 25: Leah & Sarah from SaltyGirl Beauty

Episode 25: Leah & Sarah from SaltyGirl Beauty

February 10, 2021

This episode, we were inspired and laughed (a lot!) with Leah and Sarah from SaltyGirl Beauty. They shared the story of how they started their business, what it's like to see your products in national media, what inspires them, how they keep going, and much more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUESTS:

SaltyGirl Beauty was co-founded by two dynamic sisters from Maine. After Sarah was diagnosed with cancer at age 36, she and her sister Leah, an Oncology nurse, started to take a deep dive into health and wellness, creating a wellness brand encompassing body care and cosmetics that would eventually be named a best-selling brand, SaltyGirl Beauty. Seen on national media outlets such as Good Morning America, Tamron Hall Show and People, SaltyGirl Beauty is changing the face of what Beauty really means and how it starts from the inside out.

You can view and order their products from their website, www.saltygirlbeauty.com, as well as find out where to purchase in-person at local stores. Visit www.foundation4love.org to learn more about their charitable work and make a donation to help families fighting cancer. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or YouTube

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 24: Tristan Gagne - The Pure Experts

Episode 24: Tristan Gagne - The Pure Experts

February 3, 2021

This week, we had a chance to talk with Tristan Gagne from The Pure Experts. We discussed what they're doing to help businesses make their air safe during Covid, educating people on air filtering, success, lessons learned, and more.

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Having spent the last 10+ years doing business in Mid-Coast and Southern Maine, Tristan has earned a reputation for finding solutions to complex problems, by putting honesty and integrity first, being able to bring the very best out of his sales reps and ensuring that anyone that does business with him and his team is truly blown away by the level of care and service they receive. With The Pure Experts, Tristan has brought that method of doing business to the booming air purification market in Maine and New England. With partnerships such as the Portland International Jetport, City of Portland, Westbrook and Freeport schools and dozens of other businesses, The Pure Experts with their ActivePure Technology by Aerus is rapidly becoming a very familiar name.

Learn more about The Pure Experts by calling (877) 871-8610, visiting www.thepureexperts.com, or by following them on Facebook.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

 
 
Episode 23: Lauren Kariotis & Valerie Feghali - NXGen Fitness Center

Episode 23: Lauren Kariotis & Valerie Feghali - NXGen Fitness Center

January 27, 2021

In this episode, we had a great conversation with Lauren and Valerie from NXGen Fitness Center in Scarborough. We talk about getting started on your fitness journey, setting goals, building good habits, nutrition, motivation, inspiration, and more!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Lauren is a personal trainer and front desk supervisor at NXGen Fitness Center, and a welcoming face to all. She is a Certified Personal Trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science from Lasell University. Lauren is a natural helper and being able to motivate and inspire others on a journey to finding new levels of fitness is her goal. Valerie Feghali is a certified holistic health coach and certified in holistic nutrition. She also has worked for almost 10 years as a doctor of physical therapy. However, over time working in the health field she has recognized a huge gap in the healthcare model, that being nutrition and lifestyle coaching. She now takes on health coaching clients to improve their diet, help them manage their stress, and guide them to finding purpose in their everyday life.

Learn more about NXGen Fitness Center by calling (207) 883-2979 or visiting www.nxgenfitness.com. You can also follow the on Facebook and Instagram.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 22: Gina Martinez & Kylee Austin - River Winds Farm & Estate

Episode 22: Gina Martinez & Kylee Austin - River Winds Farm & Estate

January 20, 2021

This episode, we talked with Gina Martinez and Kylee Austin from River Winds Farm & Estate - a family-run event venue and horse farm in Saco, Maine. They tell us about what makes this home-turned-venue so special, how they got started, what they've learned in business, and much more.

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

River Winds Farm & Estate is an event venue and horse farm owned and operated by the Austin family. In 2013, the family began offering equine services and programs through Thornton Academy. Since 2017, they’ve hosted events, weddings, as well as self sponsored events like  live music shows, comedy, dinner theater,  and holiday festivities. They have also expanded their horse training facility to include boarding and horse shows in the stable and arena. Kylee joined her mother, Beth, in the family business as a teenager. As an avid horsewoman, she currently manages the Horse Arena and boarding services at River Winds. Gina’s many years of hospitality and dining services management, along with her lengthy experience in event management, make her a perfect fit to oversee events at River Winds. She has been in the hospitality industry her whole life, working in small family-owned restaurants, as well as large brand hotels.

Learn more about River Winds Farm & Estate by calling (207) 415-2110 or visiting www.riverwindsfarmandestate.com. You can also follow the on Facebook and Instagram.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 21: Victor Rios - Graphic Designer, Entrepreneur, & Philanthropist

Episode 21: Victor Rios - Graphic Designer, Entrepreneur, & Philanthropist

January 13, 2021

This week, we had the chance to chat with our friend Victor Rios from Expose Design. We talked about how he started in graphic design and screenprinting, what inspires him, how he gives back, and much more!  

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Victor is a graphic designer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. For over 10 years, he has owned and operated Expose Design, providing branding solutions to Maine and New England businesses, both big and small through digital, print, screen-print, embroidery and other specialty products. He is active in his community as a member of 100 Men Who Care Southern Maine and sponsors several charitable events every year including: Q97.9 Cans for a Cure, Bonny Eagle High School Special Olympics and Peaks Island CMTA Walk.

Learn more about what Victor does and how he can help your business at www.exposedesign.com and be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR:

This episode is sponsored by Fabian Oil, a family owned and operated business that offers heating oil and propane delivery, service and repairs. Fabian has been serving Central and Northern Maine with propane and oil for over 30 years. As a local Maine business, they cherish the relationships they have formed by serving the people of their communities. In 2019, Fabian entered the Southern Maine region with a heating oil acquisition and they have recently brought propane to the market. They are aggressive and would love to be your supplier. Give them a call 207-793-2044, visit fabianoil.com, or follow them on Facebook.

Episode 20: Spencer Albee - Maine Songwriter, Producer, & Podcaster (Part 2)

Episode 20: Spencer Albee - Maine Songwriter, Producer, & Podcaster (Part 2)

December 29, 2020

As promised, here is Part 2 of our wide-ranging conversation with Maine songwriter, producer, and podcaster Spencer Albee. We talk some more about greatest hits albums, music and business, inspiration, and how he defines success. If you haven't listened to Part 1, be sure to check it out!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Spencer Albee is songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and podcaster. He was the keyboard player for Maine’s own Rustic Overtones before releasing his debut album “Frankenstein presents The Popsicko” in 2000. Since then, he’s had several musical projects like Rocktopus, As Fast As, Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia, Space Versus Speed, his current collaboration with Geneviève Beaudoin called Bell Systems, and all that in addition to recording on his own. He is the creative host behind the yearly Beatles Night in Portland with an all-star band and Rolling Stone magazine has referred to him as a "21st Century master in the lost art of Beatlesque hooks." Oh, and he also hosts a weekly podcast called Spencer & Zack Explore The Universe with fellow musician and one of our previous guests, Zach Jones.

You can order Spencer's new album, The Popsicko Vol. 2, on CD and vinyl from Bull Moose, or find it on most streaming platforms including Apple Music and Spotify. His website is www.spenceralbee.com and you can follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

Photo by Lauryn Hottinger

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

Episode 20: Spencer Albee - Maine Songwriter, Producer, & Podcaster (Part 1)

Episode 20: Spencer Albee - Maine Songwriter, Producer, & Podcaster (Part 1)

December 23, 2020

This time around, we talk with a familiar name in the Maine music scene, Spencer Albee. Our conversation went from his new album, his writing process, favorite errors in recordings, and much more. In fact, we had so much to talk about that we split this episode into two parts. So, enjoy part one of our conversation!

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Spencer Albee is songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and podcaster. He was the keyboard player for Maine’s own Rustic Overtones before releasing his debut album “Frankenstein presents The Popsicko” in 2000. Since then, he’s had several musical projects like Rocktopus, As Fast As, Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia, Space Versus Speed, his current collaboration with Geneviève Beaudoin called Bell Systems, and all that in addition to recording on his own. He is the creative host behind the yearly Beatles Night in Portland with an all-star band and Rolling Stone magazine has referred to him as a "21st Century master in the lost art of Beatlesque hooks." Oh, and he also hosts a weekly podcast called Spencer & Zack Explore The Universe with fellow musician and one of our previous guests, Zach Jones.

You can order Spencer's new album, The Popsicko Vol. 2, on CD and vinyl from Bull Moose, or find it on most streaming platforms including Apple Music and Spotify. His website is www.spenceralbee.com and you can follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

Photo by Lauryn Hottinger

 

ABOUT KEEP IT LOCAL MAINE:

We are a way for local businesses to promote themselves to thousands of people in and around their communities - letting them know what great services and products they offer right here in Maine! We currently publish four issues in areas around Southern Maine in addition to our podcast. To learn more about us, visit keepitlocalmaine.com or follow us on social media - FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

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