February 2019 Edition
5 Qs with RJ Anzelc
Founder of Bricks Coworking & Innovation Space
Meet RJ at Central Maine Tech Night on Feb. 21 @ 5:00p.

1.How did your background as a software engineer help you to found your startup, Bricks Coworking & Innovation Space? 
RJ: Being a remote software developer, I was well aware of the requirements I’d need in order to use a shared office space, as well as the associated gripes of working from home or a coffee shop. I knew I’d need reliable high-speed internet, a secure space for my belongings, areas to take private calls when necessary, and the technical infrastructure for my day-to-day; printer, scanner, audio-visual equipment, etc. I also understood the benefit of social interaction during your day that remote workers miss out on. These were all items I desired in a workspace, and were the basis for me opening Bricks.

2.Who were your entrepreneurial influences and resources to support and guide you through the startup process?
Growing up in an entrepreneurial household (my father owned his own software company for more than 30 years), I understood the work it takes to start and run your own business. He is a tremendous resource to bounce ideas off of, understand pitfalls in certain circumstances, and overall plan the business. Additionally, CMGC provided tremendous support, helping me evaluate various potential locations, build out my business plan, establish target markets, and overall acting as an unbiased sounding board as I started Bricks. I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention my wife, Tyne. Her daily support, assistance at every junction, and tremendous design sense helped shape what Bricks has become.

3.What workplace trends have contributed to the rise of shared workspace? 
Year over year, the amount of telecommuting employees in the US has increased. Advanced technology and increased access to high-speed internet has enabled people to essentially work from anywhere. At the same time, we’ve entered massive growth in the ‘gig economy’, with projections that nearly 40% of the workforce will work as independent contractors by 2020. These trends create a great amount of flexibility in when and where one can work, and shared workspaces are a great option for them. In general, shared workspaces are no or low commitment and provide desired infrastructure. Outside of these individual contractors, it’s a cost-effective, low-risk way for businesses to quickly enter a new market.

4.Why did you choose Waterville to locate your startup?
On a personal level, I’ve spent nearly my whole life in Central Maine and currently reside in Belgrade, so I knew I wanted it somewhat nearby. Professionally, Waterville made a tremendous amount of sense with its current renaissance. Institutions, private companies, non-profits, and individuals all contributing to the community at a high-level, I saw it as an opportunity to add Bricks to the mix and act as a not only as a landing spot for many professionals, but also as a catalyst for growth alongside all of the other contributors. In addition, I wanted Bricks to be more than a desk that you rent, I wanted it to be a lifestyle choice. With all of the terrific restaurants and activities going on in Waterville on a weekly basis, it seemed like the perfect fit.

5.As CMGC’s Emerging Leader of 2018, can you give us a glimpse into your plans for 2019?
2018 was a good start for Bricks, however in 2019 we hope to show a tremendous amount of growth, both in terms of membership and community involvement. In addition to the monthly Central Maine Tech Night hosted at Bricks, we’ve recently added two monthly groups: Central Maine Volunteer Coordinators and Central Maine Programmers Group. Our upcoming Programmers Group meeting (Tue., Feb 19 th  @ 5:30PM) will feature Rich Majerus of Colby College on the strengths of using R (a programming language) for exploratory data analysis.
Join us for a night of collaboration & innovation
Thursday, February 21
Bricks CoWorking & Innovation Space
10 Water St., Waterville
Refreshments served

For more information,visit Facebook or the CMTN webpage .
This free event is sponsored by:
Business Investment
Welcome Jacobs Restoration , Kavestone LLC , and Wunderlich-Malec as CMGC investors
Jacobs Glass & Restoration , based in Winslow, specializes in historic window restoration and also performs masonry, storefront and wood restoration.

Kavestone LLC of Waterville is a commercial and residential general contractor producing frame-to-finish new construction or remodels.

Wunderlich-Malec is one of the country's largest and most experienced engineering firms, and their Winslow panel fabrication facility specializes in control house and skid manufacturing.
Top Stories of January 2019
How a Waterville Truck Body Builder Became Maine's Third Fastest Growing Company - a great example of the success precision manufacturing finds in central Maine, and a testament to the strong site suitability of Trafton Road Properties.

Applications Open for Downtown Waterville's Facade & Building Improvement Grant Program - the grant program, managed by CMGC, assists business and property owners in the restoration and renovation of commercial buildings.

City of Waterville Issues RFQ for Riverfront Gateway Project at Head of Falls - the deadline for the project, which is intended to symbolize the economic, cultural, and historic nature of Head of Falls and Waterville's downtown, is Feb. 28, 2019.
Welcome BDS and Opa to central Maine
The waste disposal company specializes in scrap tire collection, transportation, storage, and recycling for customers throughout New England. BDS will begin construction on its new Fairifeld facility.

Located in downtown Waterville, Opa offers a blend of traditional Greek cuisine and Mediterranean dishes as well as American fusion cuisine.
Central Maine Real Estate Spotlight
Featured Commercial Property Location : Waterville Airport Industrial Business Park
Lot size: ranges from 2 - 25 acres
  • All lots enjoy public water and sewer
  • Most lots have fiber optics and three-phase power
  • Significant permitting completed
  • Easy access to I-95 via Kennedy Memorial Drive
  • Possible visibility from I-95
  • Adjacent to municipal airport
Contact : Don Plourde| 207-660-4000| dplourde@cbplourde.com
Workforce Investment
Employer Spotlight: Hammond Tractor
While Maine's labor shortage presents challenges for business growth, it also provides the opportunity for creativity within employee attraction and retention.

Hammond Tractor discovered a new talent pool among high school students, and during the summer of 2018, rolled out a tuition incentive program to attract young technicians and retain them as they become more experienced.

By offering 35-50% tuition reimbursement for technical education at several qualifying institutions, Hammond Tractor retains qualified, experienced technicians for at least two years post-graduation.
Dave Ponsant at Central Maine Career Expo. Photo by David Leaming, Morning Sentinel
"One of the most enjoyable parts of this new program is networking with high school students and teachers. Many times, kids without agriculture backgrounds don’t think about us – now, I’m getting to know students and they’ll remember me when they’re ready to go to school," explains Dave Ponsant, Product Support Manager at Hammond Tractor. "It’s the same with teachers. I have a teacher bringing his whole class to the store – he’s never thought about us before, but now he’ll keep us in mind and refer his students to us."
We hope you enjoy learning about local talent recruitment and retention strategies, and if your business has an innovative strategy or unique culture, please share with us!
February Recruitment Events
10a - 6p | 141 West River Road, Waterville

2p - 4p | 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta
About Workforce Training & Professional Development at KVCC

  • Provides non-credit and customized training programs to individuals, businesses and organizations in the Kennebec, Somerset and Knox counties

  • Designs customized business training programs to train new hires or upskill incumbent workers

  • Offers flexible scheduling and on- or off-site locations
Workforce Training & Professional Development
Training existing employees in new skills allows employers to retain great talent already familiar with their business culture while providing new and challenging opportunities to employees.

Currently, KVCC is working with Backyard Farms in Madison on a second round of trainings under the Backyard Farms University, a training program they have instituted for their incumbent workforce. KVCC has provided OSHA 10 and First Aid CPR AED; in addition, KVCC developed and delivered courses in business writing, principles of management, conversational Spanish, MS Excel and MS Word with science-based courses slated for delivery in Spring 2019.

To learn more about how KVCC can assist with your training needs, call 207.453.5858 or visit our website.
Quality of Place
Sponsored by MaineGeneral Health
Where To Get Free Outdoor Wi-Fi in Waterville
Downtown Waterville Wi-Fi allows you to stay connected while browsing shops and exploring recreational venues.

Thank you to our sponsors - GHM Insurance , Kennebec Savings Bank , MaineGeneral , Northern Light Inland , and Thomas College's Harold Alfond Institute for Business Innovation for making this free service available to all!
Anticipated coverage area shaded in red.
Photo by MaineGeneral Health
Health Tip: Focus On Your Eyes
By MaineGeneral Health
Cataracts is the leading cause of blindness in the world. It is also one of the most common surgeries performed.

MaineGeneral Eye Center in Fairfield is your local provider for cataract surgery. Click here to learn more so you don’t lose sight of how important eye health is to you.
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Board of Directors:

Chris Gaunce, chair – Central Maine Motors Auto Group
Michael Heavener, vice chair – Town of Winslow
Beth Gibbs, treasurer – Thomas College
Lucille Zelenkewich, secretary – Peoples United Bank
John Dalton, past chair – Northern Light Health - Inland Hospital
Elizabeth Fortin – Kennebec Valley Community College
Paul Stein – MaineGeneral Health
Darlene Ratte – Best Western Plus
Michael Roy – City of Waterville
Gary Bowman – Town of Oakland
Michelle Flewelling – Town of Fairfield
Brian Clark – Colby College
Michael Runser – Valley Beverage
Allan Rancourt – Kennebec Federal Savings
Lisa Hallee – Bill & Joan Alfond Foundation
Donald Plourde – Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate
Tom Meucci - Huhtamaki

 Ex-Officio Board Members:
Kimberly Lindlof – CMGC & Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce
Laura Cyr – Kennebec Valley Council of Governments
Christian Savage - Somerset Economic Development Corporation
James Dinkle – Kennebec Regional Dev. Authority / FirstPark