Saturday, March 8, 2014
A bluegrass band rocked the Pelonton Labs co-working space in Portland's West End tonight during the E2Tech Midsummer Mixer. The event brought out more than 100 entrepreneurs involved with green business and clean technology projects in Maine. The party also featured art work by Sebastian Meade, food from Local Sprouts Cooperative Cafe and drinks from Baxter Brewing, Maine Mead Works and Shipyard Brewing. Tonight's musical entertainment came courtesy of Jon Cooper, Joe Walsh, Daorl Anger, Emy Phelps and Amanda Kowalski.
The developer behind Pelonton Labs, Peter Bass spoke to the crowd about the collaborations that grow out of the co-working environment. Pelonton Labs rents office space and amenities to business owners looking for everything from eight hours a month of meeting space time to 24/7 access to the whole space plus a dedicated office area.
Also at the party, Jim Atwell, who co-chairs the E2Tech board, and David Widener, who is president of the Maine Businesses for Social Responsibility board, announced the creation of the Clean Tech Business Collaborative. The new trade association brings together companies working in and interested in growing the clean tech sector in Maine. Companies in this sector are involved in renewable energy and green business endeavors and include MEMIC, Reed & Reed, First Wind, Verrill Dana, CMP, FairPoint Communications and Inn by the Sea.
Look for the party snapshots and my Society Notebook column in the Aug. 21 Maine Sunday Telegram, where I'll have more details about Maine's clean tech sector.
Until then, I hope to see you out and about.
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