WATERVILLE — The next Business Breakfast, set for 7:15-9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Spann Student Commons Summit Room on Thomas College’s campus, 180 West River Road, will focus on “Maine’s Next Economy.”

Alan Caron, of Envision Maine, will describe how the state’s innovators, entrepreneurs and doers are building a new prosperity for the Pine Tree State.

Caron has been a small business owner and social entrepreneur for most of his adult life, working on issues ranging from business development to poverty and neighborhood renewal, affordable housing, transportation, telecommunications and the environment.

He is the author of two books, “Maine’s Next Economy in 2015” and “Reinventing Maine Government in 2010.” He also writes a weekly column in the Maine Sunday Telegram and the weekend edition of the Central Maine newspapers, covering issues ranging from the economy to politics, world affairs and sports.

The event will be hosted by Thomas College and the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce. Cost is $18 for members, $25 at the door and for nonmembers and the general public. Breakfast is included with the reservation. To register, email [email protected] or call 873-3315.