Business Growth Services


Rubix Cube

Everyday companies are faced with new challenges. Endless issues and needs arise that companies may not have the time and/or internal resources to manage and solve.

Business Services forms a strategic partnership that leverages the combined strength of our integrated network of solution providers to solve and manage those challenges.

Business Services assists companies to address business viability, operational processes and procedures and employment challenges that are critical to generating business growth and sustainability. 

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BGS is an integrated network of private and public service providers. This network assists companies with a juxtaposition of business challenges with business goals and objectives to create a comprehensive plan. BGS generates solutions that address the challenges of business viability, operational processes and employment that are essential for business growth and sustainability.

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  • Training (Lean, Internal Audit, CAD, Customized Training)
  • Management Training, Coaching & Mentoring
  • Leadership Training
  • Change Management
  • Project Management
  • HR Services & Free HR Help Desk

Business Development

  • Market Research
  • Strategic and Business Planning
  • Marketing & Advertising: Industry & International
  • Sales Management Training
  • Website & Graphic Design
  • Product Development


  • Cost Accounting
  • Cost Reduction & Control
  • General Accounting & Accounting Systems
  • Management Reporting
  • Refinancing Assistance (Project Financing, Loans, Lease/Buy Back)
  • Grant Writing (SBIR, MTI, TIF’s, etc.)


  • Business Analysis
  • Energy Auditing & Assistance (Efficiency Maine Partners)
  • Energy Conservation Analysis and Design Implementation
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Workflow Improvement
  • Site Selection & Layout
  • Green Building
  • Quality Certifications (CE Mark, ISO, AS, Medical, NADCAP, Energy Star)
  • Network Systems & IT Services
  • Compliance/Safety Management Assistance
  • Lean Six Sigma – Quality Improvement

John Belding, University of Maine

Prioritized Disciplines:

  • Product,  process and machine design
  • 3d scanning and 3d printing
  • Product Commercialization
  • Product/ material testing
  • CAD training
  • Industrial Engineering

Other areas of qualification/services:

Student training, industry knowledge of manufacturing resources in state, Latest information on manufacturing processes and new technologies. Funding help on grants and MTI. Knowledge on all types of manufacturing process including;  welding, injection molding, diecasting, ultrasonic welding, automation, machining, 3d printing/ molding, electrical discharge machining, metrology.  Many different types of testing including: mechanical fatigue, vibration, climate chamber, tension or compression, life cycle.

Andy Charles, APC Holdings

Prioritized Disciplines:

  • Management coaching, mentoring
  • Project management
  • Operations & process design
  • Leadership training
  • Strategic and Business Planning
  • Financial statement review/analysis

Michael Doyon, LCHB

Michael Doyon’s thirty plus years in manufacturing has encompassed the automation, semiconductor, and metals technologies. His experience in automation troubleshooting, process enhancement, component testing, production control and supply chain management, offers a unique insight into his current focus of Global Trade.  A US Licensed Customs Broker, he assists manufacturers study the feasibility, initiate the path, and navigate the challenges of global trade.  A specialist in less-known trade assistance programs, which improve margin and enhance growth, Michael is committed to the success of Maine Manufacturing.

  • US Customs House Brokerage
  • Foreign Trade Zone Feasibility, Development, and Operation
  • Duty Drawback – Recover applicable import duty.
  • Tariff Engineering – Minimize import duty by design.
  • Freight Brokerage – Import, export, and global point to point.
  • Export Compliance

John Dubois, optimize, Inc.

John DuBois, Capacity Building and Operational Excellence
Education ♦     BS, Industrial Technology, University of Southern Maine, 1988

♦     Toyota & Mitsuia Sensei, BAMA, 2000

Certifications ♦     NIST MEP Master Trainer, NIST MEP University, 2000

♦     Time Wise Management Systems “Top Gun” Certified, 2003

♦     Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt – NAVSEA, 2004

♦     Professional Project Manager (PMP) NAVSEA, 2005

Specialties ♦     Industrial Engineering – Lean Manufacturing

♦     Total Productive Maintenance

♦     Strategic and Operational Planning

♦     Enterprise Transformation

♦     Supplier Development

♦     Supply Chain Integration

♦     Innovation

♦     Lean Six Sigma

♦     MRO Inventory Management

Experience Summary

John DuBois has over 30 years of manufacturing and design experience across several industries including financial services, healthcare services, molded fiber, shipbuilding/ship repairing, secondary wood products, textiles, aerospace and automotive products. As a nationally recognized Lean Six Sigma Facilitator/Sensei, he has delivered Lean Six Sigma facilitation services in all four public Navy shipyards, NAVSEA, NAVAIR, and the U.S. Air Force as well as both of the largest Private Navy Shipbuilding Primes and the world’s second largest Aerospace Prime. His background includes experience with the Toyota Production Systems, Lean, Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints, management of multi-million-dollar contracts, and supply chain development.  As an inventor and innovator, he has designed and patented several consumer products in use today and has two patents building training systems pending.



  • Service Member of the EDGE Innovation Network
  • Authorized Integrator of CribMaster Products
  • Senior Member, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 1988 to Present
  • Member, Association of Manufacturing Excellence, 1988 to Present
  • Founding Member and “Key Person,” Bluegrass Automotive Manufactures Association, 1997 to 2000
  • Member, Lean Special Projects Task Force, (an association of National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) recognized experts), 2000 to May 2007



  • Molded Fibre Cup Carrier, Des. 384,275, 1997
  • Station Protector for Network Interface Device, Des. 5,410.596, 1995


Patent Pending:

  • 20060242005; A comprehensive method to train and aid manufacturers in identifying inefficiencies in product manufacturing process and in improving such process.

Mason G. Ide, P.E.

  • Electro-Mechanical Product design & Development -Concept to final market consumer
  • SolidWorks CAD, Inventor, AutoCAD, GeoMagic
  • Engineering Documentation
  • GD&T ASME Y14.5
  • Group Facilitator

Other qualifications/areas of services: Trainer for EHS-related topics including 5-S, Hazard Comm Manufacturing Rapid Prototyping Knowledge areas:

CNC Machining subtractive, Laser Cut, Waterjet Cut, 3D Printing additive, Polymer, Metal, Molding: Injection, Investment Casting, Displacement Casting, Die Casting,

Industry experience: Industrial Instrumentation & Control, Consumer products, automotive products, military components, microscopy, industrial test equipment.

Tim Jacobs, Practical Decisions

Prioritized Disciplines:

  • Operational and Transactional Process Improvement, Lean Six Sigma
  • Profit and Loss Management, determine true cost and means of increasing profit.
  • Business Case Development and Analysis for new products, new businesses and acquisitions
  • Project and Program Management, Stage Gate process.
  • Product, New Service Development.
  • Organizational Development and Transformation for high performance.
  • Supplier Management for both supplies and capital equipment.
  • Technical Problem Solving: Quality and yield for electrical, mechanical & chemical.
  • Business Problem Solving: Inventory, documentation, scheduling and on time delivery.

Terry Johnson

Education  BS Electrical Engineering

Certifications  No Certifications but Trained in Six Sigma, Lean, TQM, Change Management, Leadership Development

Prioritized Disciplines (i.e. QA, Industrial Engineering, Finances (be specific)

  • Developing effective operations: Business Process assessment, development and redesign
  • Product and Technology development processes and effectiveness
  • Leadership development and coaching
  • Interim Executive
  • Program and Project definition, planning, and management
  • Program / Product / Organization design.
  • Strategy Development
  • Risk Analysis / Mitigation
  • Team Building
  • Computer-Aided Tools, Software Development (management)


Edward J. Kearney, P.E.

BGS Service Provider Profile

Name: Edward J. Kearney, P. E.

Title: President, Management Engineering

Education: BSIE, MBA Studies with concentration in Marketing and Finance

Certifications: Registered Professional Engineer (Maine)

Prioritized Disciplines: Industrial Engineering including:

  • Training and implementation for Lean and Six Sigma
  • Process evaluation and development
  • Process simulation
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Manufacturing cell development
  • Setup reduction
  • Time Studies for labor standards and methods improvement
  • Cost accounting evaluation and development
  • Manufacturing strategies
  • Project Management
  • Site selection
  • Plant Layout
  • Space Planning
  • Materials Handling reduction

Neal Prescott, Prescott Associates

As a member of the MAMe Board of Directors, Neal Prescott serves as liaison for the association’s Business Services Group developing a solutions delivery capability to members.

Neal has held sales management, CEO and owner positions with manufacturing companies in machine tools, injection molding automation, fluid power, and textiles. He more recently helped mentor the MEP national manufacturing consulting effort for the US Department of Commerce while working for NIST in Washington DC.

Neal is president of Prescott Associates Inc. a consulting company specializing in family business challenges. He also continues to manage Novatec Braids Ltd. the synthetic rope manufacturing company in Nova Scotia he founded in 1991.

George Raftopolous, President, ROI Cubed LLC

Title                       President, ROI Cubed, LLC

Education            MBA, Bentley University ’96; BA, Tufts University ‘87

Certifications     CVGA®, CM&AA, CFP®, CEP®

Prioritized Disciplines (i.e. QA, Industrial Engineering, Finances (be specific)

  • Exit Planning
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • ESOP planning, feasibility studies, implementation
  • Value Assessments and Business Planning
  • Opinions of value

Tove Rasmussen, Partners Creating Growth

Profitable Growth
Tove’s accomplishments include:

  •  Growing the Dairy Division of IDEXX Laboratories, by 50%, the fastest growing division of high growth IDEXX in 2009.
  •  Innovative Packaging Services Division of Sonoco, which under her guidance, grew from $200 million to $400 million, and
  •  Moving a flexible plastics packaging firm into a new, profitable laminations market.

Operations and Profit Improvement
She has also improved operations and increase profitability at:

  • At the RR Donnelley (RRD) Portland, Oregon facility, the plant almost doubled in size and she led the 1300% ($3.9 million) increase in increase in profits by excelling in a demanding new market and significantly increasing productivity through lean and six sigma.
  • At the RRD plant, she led the operations team to meet or exceed all safety, quality, productivity and financial goals on the site for the first time in ten years.
  • A multi-million manufacturing company, she led the facility’s team to bring the plant from $1 million loss to profit through increasing productivity, improving quality, and exiting the low-end flexible packaging market.

Tove has strong expertise in all strategic facets of business, including leading Marketing, Sales, Regulatory, R&D, and Technical Manufacturing Operations.  Within each organization over her 20 years of business experience, Tove has taken pride in effectively mentoring and developing both colleagues and staff.

Seth Storey, LeadVenture

Seth Storey
Owner + Digital Marketing Strategist + Creative Director at LeadVenture
Portland, Maine Area

Priority Disciplines:

  • Lead Generation/Inbound Marketing and Web + Graphic Design

I am an outsourced Chief Marketing Officer for manufacturers who share my vision for growth and need a digital marketing and sales expert to help reach their goals.

Helping my clients capture more revenue by creating more value, is at the heart of every marketing strategy I create. I talk a lot about growth because I am passionate about everything that growth means to my clients and their vision for success; becoming more profitable, creating more jobs, and becoming industry leaders. Being a part of making that vision become reality is what drives me to be successful and an invaluable marketing partner.


As buyers become more internet savvy salespeople and marketers, need to get more creative in their lead generation efforts. Rather than just depending on cold calls and sending emails, I help my clients from idea to implementation to get the leads they want to get maximum ROI. Some of those services are:

  • Digital Strategy
  • Email Marketing
  • Webinar Marketing
  • Content Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Online Sales Coaching
  • Conversion Optimization
  • eCommerce Strategy
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Paid Search


To convert potential buyers into customers first impressions are critical. I help my clients with all of their design needs, including:

  • Website Design & Development
  • Branding Design (Logos, Sales Collateral, Trade Show Booths Etc)
  • Premium Content Layouts
  • Social Media Artwork Creation
  • Call-to-action Creation
  • Email Template Designs And More

Experience Summary 

17+ years of sales, marketing, entrepreneurial and business management experience.
A growth focused inbound marketing strategist with a unique blend of marketing, sales and technical experience that provides insight that gets results. A creative thinker with a can do attitude, a belief in personal responsibility, a thirst for learning the craft, a passion to innovate and an obsession with outperforming the competition online.

Clint Strout, BGS Coordinator, GPS Management Associates

Prioritized Disciplines:

  • Organizational Performance Improvement (Growth; Increased Profitability; Cost Reduction & Control)
  • Business Assessment (To identify what is not working in the business to initiate a targeting improvement plan)
  • Corporate Finance (Capital Acquisition, Costing, Accountability & Performance Metrics, Flexible Budgeting, etc.)
  • Process, Workflow & Productivity Improvement
  • Strategic Planning & Business Plans (To map the road ahead and deploy the plan elements in a way that is focused, measureable and attainable for management and staff)

Other qualifications and services:

  1. Internal Communications Training
  2. Change Management
  3. Compensation & Incentive Plan Design
  4. Internal Cultural Improvement
  5. Supervisor & Management Training
  6. Executive Mentoring & Coaching
  7. Sales Management Training
  8. Problem Solving Training

Jeff Tounge, Tounge Associates

Prioritized Disciplines:

  • Merger & Acquisitions Advisor
  • Financial Consulting, Business Valuation
  • Exit and Succession Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Management Consulting

Mike Wing, CTM Ventures