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NMDC hires entrepreneurial development manager

CARIBOU, Maine — Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) has announced the hiring of Brandon McDonald as program manager for entrepreneurial development.

McDonald is a 2018 graduate of Husson University with a degree in business administration. He currently is enrolled in Husson’s Master of Business Administration program.

His role at NMDC is to encourage and support a new generation of entrepreneurs in Aroostook and Washington counties and thus significantly improve the region’s chances to grow the economy and jobs through the support of small business success.

“I have had the pleasure of working alongside small start-ups and entrepreneurs in Central Aroostook over the past few years,” said McDonald. 

“I have seen the tremendous shift as home-based businesses and entrepreneurial spirit blossomed through Presque Isle events, from our craft fairs to the Farmers’ Market,” he said. “As a former small business owner, I am excited and proud to continue my work with those who have an innovative drive and a captivating story to tell.”

NMDC Executive Director Robert Clark said the commission is excited to have McDonald on board.

“Brandon is very comfortable engaging people as we look for up-and-coming entrepreneurs,” he said. “There is an opportunity to help grow the economy by implementing solutions to leverage the region’s existing regional economic advantages and regional assets to support economic development and job creation. One of those assets is the entrepreneurial spirit of northern and eastern Maine residents.”

McDonald currently serves on the Presque Isle Planning Board and the PI Housing Authority Advisory board. He lives in Presque Isle with his wife, Taylor-Kay, and their two children.

McDonald’s first day on the job was Nov. 12.

To discuss entrepreneurial ideas with him, contact him at bmcdonald@nmdc.org or by phone at 493-5770.

Northern Maine Development Commission is a membership organization comprised of participating communities and counties in the Aroostook Washington Economic Development District. The goal of the NMDC is to create new jobs, retain existing jobs, and promote economic development for northern and eastern Maine.

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