Guiding Maine’s Outdoor Industry

What to Expect

The Compass Program is a collaboration between MCE and Maine Outdoor Brands designed to provide training and networking to outdoor industry product, service, and retail companies seeking to expand their businesses.


Compass is a 10-week program that includes 8 online learning sessions and culminates with an in person business showcase event (dependent on public health safety standards).
Online learning sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00PM – 7:30PM

Program Topics

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 State of the Outdoor industry – preparing your business to take advantage of the opportunity
Tuesday, March 8, 2022Product Innovation and Development using design thinking
Tuesday, March 15, 2022Online & Social Media Strategy
Tuesday, March 22, 2022Funding Business Growth
Tuesday, March 29, 2022Data -Driven Marketing
Tuesday, April 5, 2022Sales Strategy and Tactics – Forecasting for Success
Tuesday, April 12, 2022Scaling up of National and International Markets
Tuesday, April 19, 2022BREAK – no session this week
Tuesday, April 26, 2022Doing Good – Sustainability and Social Responsibility
Tuesday, May 3, 2022Business Showcase – In Person Event – if public safety permits

Peer Networking & Connections

Participants share and discuss their unique perspectives with peers facing similar challenges and issues, with a goal of brainstorming better ways to address and overcome the obstacles they face.

Maine Mentor Network

Participants will have access to MCE’s Maine Mentor Network (MMN) which is made up of over 200 seasoned entrepreneurs and business professionals from a range of industries (including outdoor industry specialties) with a variety of business experiences.

Showcase Event

In an effort to provide participants with visibility to the outdoor industry community and continue to make connections that are critical to growth, participants will have a chance to showcase their products and business to an audience of potential investors, business leaders, and journalists at the end of the program.

Membership Cost

Maine Outdoor Brands Members: $100.00
Non-Members: $200.00
Scholarships Available – Please reach out to Jenny Kordick at Maine Outdoor Brands