Six Waterville area businesses win Top Gun honor

The Maine Center for Entrepreneurs, along with its partners the University of Maine, the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, MaineStream Finance and the Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation at Thomas College, has announced the 46 businesses selected for the Top Gun 2019 class, including six from the Waterville area.

Those six awardees are Dandelion Spring Farm; DuneBar; Gert & Lil’s, LLC; Gryffon Ridge Spice Merchants; Maine-Tex LLC.; and Misty Brook Farm.

Beginning in 2009, Top Gun has helped more than 200 Maine entrepreneurs launch and grow their companies.

Entrepreneurs selected for each region completed an application process that included submitting a pitch deck, pitching their business, and one-on-one interviews with program staff and volunteer business leaders. Before the program begins in early February, each business will be matched with a mentor. Top Gun consists of hands-on training and group learning exercises taught by subject matter experts in finance, business law, marketing, and other critical aspects of business development.

OTIS Credit Union posts bonus dividend, interest refund

OTIS Federal Credit Union, of Jay, has announced that it posted an 8 percent bonus dividend and interest refund Tuesday, resulting in a total of $392,239.44 paid out to members for the year 2018.

Over the past 14 years, OTIS FCU has returned over $5, milion to its savers and borrowers via this annual practice.

Darice Dubreuil, vice president, said in a news release that “as far as we know, we are the only credit union in the state of Maine to do this, but we do know of other credit unions in the United States that also do this.

Oakland accounting firm changes name to One River CPAs

Perry, Fitts, Boulette & Fitton CPAs, with offices in Bath and Oakland, has announced that its name has changed to One River CPAs.

“The main issue we faced was that many of our new and current clients or community members could not remember our name. Neither Perry, Fitts et al. or PFBF CPAs rolled off the tongue as many of you know from experience,” President Jamie Boulette said in a news release.

He also said that after three of the four founders reached retirement, it was time to think about rebranding, starting with a new name.

“The name ‘One River’ would bring us back to our roots of community support but be indicative of the ever changing environment. Like rivers from a distance, the firm and the industry today look like they did in the past. But also like rivers, the actual makeup of the firm is very unique and different, as it will be into the future,” Boulette said.

One River CPAs describes itself as a full-service accounting firm with a staff of 18 professionals.

Cardiologist joins staff at Franklin Memorial

Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington has announced the addition of a cardiologist, Dr. Lynette Weeman, to its staff.

Weeman, who is affiliated with Maine Medical Partners — MaineHealth Cardiology, will provide patient care at the hospital three days per week starting Monday.

Weeman will work jointly with cardiologists Dr. Heinrich Grube and Dr. David Frost, as well as family practitioner nurse Beth Hartsock, caring for patients with heart conditions.

Weeman received her medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, followed by an internal medicine residency and a cardiovascular disease fellowship, both at Maine Medical Center. She is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine.

Compiled from contributed releases


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