Results: Top Gun Prep Graduates

Results: Top Gun Prep Graduates

Top Gun Prep Clients

Thrivant Health awarded Seed Grant Award
Top Gun Prep client company, Thrivant Health has been awarded an MTI Seed Grant award. Read More
Fork Food Lab Opens In Portland's Bayside

Fork Food Lab, TGP 2013 graduate Neil Spillane’s brain child, opened August 1st on Parris Street in Portland’s Bayside neighborhood. The shared commercial kitchen and tasting room offers local foodiepreneurs options for both full-time and part-time access to commercial kitchen facilities. Fork offers patrons prep tables, access to equipment, cold/dry storage, and all of the paper goods and sanitation supplies foodiepreneurs need to bring their products to market.

The facility is hosting their grand opening celebration on Tuesday, September 27 at 6 pm. This will be a ticket you will want to buy.

Laurie Osher Is Penobscot Theater Company's Green Champion

Top Gun Prep 2015 Graduate Laurie Osher of Osher Environment Systems was the Green Champion for the Penobscot Theatre Company in June. Osher conducted an energy audit and helped install weatherization to help reduce energy use at the Bangor Opera House (the theater’s traditional home) by 25%.

The work was made possible by an award last year of  $100,000 award from Grants to Green -  a program jointly administered by The Maine Community Foundation, Maine Development Foundation and Efficiency Maine Grants. Grants to Green was established to provide environmentally focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits.

The theatre is using the money to replace the antiquated oil-fired furnace at the historic Opera House, and is working to attract matching funds to “bring the theatre more fully into the 21st century,” according to Executive Director Mary Budd.

Laurie Osher, Ph.D. of Osher Environment Systems will continue  to support the project as the theatre’s designated Green Champion.

To read the Maine Edge article about the award click here

New Hires at DaVinci Experience

Top Gun Prep 2015 graduate DaVinci Experience Science & Art Camp director, Judy Crosby announced that Alicia Uth has been named Assistant Camp Director. Alicia has years of teaching experience and has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and at Met High School in Providence, RI. She was the founder of the Arts Advisory for the Metro Regional Career & Technical Center in Providence RI. She was also the Art Director for "Lights On After School Program" in Providence. Most recently she has been teaching at Westbrook Middle School. Lydia MacDonald, of Yarmouth, has been hired as the Sites' Coordinator. She has been a Brunswick camp director and is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education.

Other hires include: Laura Hench, of Freeport, Julieann Lamoreau, of Topsham, Katie Uffelman, of Florida, Judy Cutler of Portland, and Katelyn Wiggins, of Buxton, 

Sidewalk Butler Displays Results on WCSH6

Top Gun Prep 2015 Graduate Mike Roylos of Side Walk Butler was featured in April in a WCSH6 news clip in April. The company which operates in Portland to eliminate cigarette butt litter was featured in a segment about EarthDay. Roylos, the founder of SWB supplied a strong visual of the company's impact by dumping the approximately 140,000 butts collected on the streets of Portland since Janaury onto a tarp.
Watch the WCSH6 clip here.

AnchorPak Wins MTI Tech Grant

Top Gun Prep 2014 graduate Anchorpak was one of six companies to receive a Tech Grant from MTI in April. The makers of the first bag designed to  correspond perfectly to the basic geometry of the human body have designed their bag to support the everyday need to contend with gravity. The company has applied for an MTI Seed Grant to help conduct biometric data to support its claim that the bag is superior to other bags in the market. 


Love Rocks Me Named SBA Home-Based Small Business of the Year for Maine and New England

The U.S. Small Business Administration selected Top Gun Prep 2013 graduate Ellen Thayer, Founder of Love Rocks Me to receive the SBA Home-Based Business of the Year Award for Maine and New England. The Award is presented to a successful home-based business with at least a 3-year track record. She will be honored at an SBA Reception on May 4, 2016 at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta.

Canterbury Royale Served Multiple Awards

Top Gun Prep 2013 Graduate Canterbury Royal, has been racking up awards. The french restaurant was voted one of the top fifty restaurants in the state of Maine by Maineplate, and the "Most Romantic Restaurant of 2015" by Downeast Magazine. The accolades have continued into 2016 with a #1 Reader's Choice in DineHere. The establishment was also vetted by Bill Green in Bill Green’s Maine, where he stated that it was the ”best food he ever had”.

Chef’s Rene & Barbara have joined the ranks of Auguste Escoffier to receive their certifications in advanced Sous vide, Patisserie. 

DaVinci Experience Opens New Site in Standish

Top Gun Prep 2015 graduate DaVinci Experience Science & Art Camps is opening a new site in Standish this summer at 175 Northeast Rd. The camp offers a week long session on "Making Maine Art" for children ages 4-13 years old. They plan to offer both full day and half day sessions along with a Counselor-In-Training Program for 13-15 year olds. The company attracts youth from all over the world with its more than 20 different summer camp themes in Falmouth, Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland, Brunswick and Yarmouth on Cousins Island.  

Bill Kitchen, Director of Marketing and Strategy for Bold Coast Coffee

Top Gun Prep 2013 graduate Bill Kitchen is now Director of Marketing and Strategy now for Bold Coast Coffee.
The company is only a year old and going gangbusters as the only specialty coffee roaster on the Bold Coast in Machias.

RoboJoe Wraps Up Prototype Development and Prepares for Launch

Top Gun Prep Graduate and Top Gun 2016 company, Robojoe, is in the last months of prototype development, and have started a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the completion of their prototype and finance their launch event at the University of Southern Maine this spring.

The company makes a 100% automated robotics coffee shop, designed to condense the footprint of coffee shops and to serve a bitter-free and flavor-full cup o' joe. 

Seawicks Candle Expands Distribution, Opens New Studio

Seawicks Candle (Top Gun Prep 2015) is in growth mode. After working with LL Bean for the past two years, the soy candle maker received placement in all of the chain's stores this winter. The company is also getting ready to open a new studio in Boothbay Harbor and have had booths at both the Atlanta and New England Product Shows. Capitalizing on their success, Bangor Metro recently featured them in a story. Read the article here 



Mobility Technologies Wins MTI Business Accelerator Grant

Ryan Beaumont's company, Mobility Technologies (Top Gun 2016) has received an MTI Business Accelerator Grant of $14,964 with a match amount of $224,999.

Business Accelerator Grants are available to start-up and early stage companies that have been awarded MTI Development Loans or who have have recently been chosen for a federal Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I or Phase II grant, Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) award, or any other federal research & developmentfunding program award.  The grant is intended to increase the competitiveness of the company by providing funds directed at commercialization, business and management team development, and company organization.

True Course Yachting Collaborates and Expands

Top Gun Prep 2015 graduate True Course Yachting, Inc., founded by Ben Davis in 2012, continues to experience steady growth. The company’s recent collaboration with Hallett Canvas and Sails paired it's concierge service with Hallett's many years of sail and canvas making experience. The resulting expanded Winter Servicing Center will deliver a turn key offering to boat yards around the state for their sail and canvas needs.

Additionally, the company opened a second location in downtown Camden, Maine where they will offer port captain, delivery and concierge services to clients and industry partners.

TCY will be assisting a new client, Trilogy Excursions, based in Maui, HI in a project management capacity with the build of a new custom catamaran at Gold Coast Yachts in St. Croix, USVI.

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Beach Stone Sustainable Products Expands with New Materials and Key Staff.

Top Gun Prep 2015 Graduate Beachstone Sustainable Products developed new processes, added staff, and increased its product line and showroom network in 2015.

The environmentally conscious company developed a 100% portland cement free concrete that is rapid hardening and allows turnaround times of 2 hours from batch to polish - using none of the “free lime” usually associated with portland cement binders. Using that, they were able to add new sustainable products across its product lines while growing their dealer network.

Building on their goal of sustainability, the company hired Taylor Burgdorf as Director of Sustainability, and created a HPD (Health Product Declaration), which is the new standard for transparency of all products. 

Finally, reaching out for new opportunities the company worked directly with clients Allagash Brewing and the Town of Brewer to create signature products.


Howell Labs launches product trial with Norwegian Cruise Lines
Top Gun Prep 2013 Graduate Howell Labs LLC has recently installed a trial chlorine generation system onboard a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship. The innovative system will be used to automatically deliver a disinfection solution to the sanitation department instead of their current practice of mixing water and chlorine from a bottle.
TGP ’13 Graduate Howell Labs product launches trial with Norwegian Cruise Lines

Top Gun Prep 2013 Graduate Howell Labs LLC has recently installed a trial chlorine generation system onboard a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship. The innovative system will be used to automatically deliver a disinfection solution to the sanitation department instead of their current practice of mixing water and chlorine from a bottle.