Jay Friedlander, a College of the Atlantic professor who created MD365’s bootcamp program, works with the owners of Little Red Flower Truck during the three-day event. PHOTO COURTESY OF MD365

Oyster farm, flower truck win business competition

Cranberry Oysters owners win the Judges Award and $5,000 from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.

MOUNT DESERT — Cranberry Oysters and Little Red Flower Truck received $5,000 each as winners in the “pitch competition” at the end of a three-day Business Boot Camp for local entrepreneurs that was held last weekend by Mount Desert 365, which works to foster year-round economic vitality. 

The prize money was provided by the event’s sponsor, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. 

MD365 describes the Business Boot Camp as “an intensive mini-MBA weekend program of business skill development for local business owners and entrepreneurs.” 

The event is for “established businesses or those ready to launch, with special consideration given to year-round businesses.” 

The owners of nine area businesses participated in the Boot Camp, where they heard advice from experts in various aspects of business ownership and management. Then they each made a “pitch” for funding to help expand or otherwise strengthen their enterprise. 

The winner of the pitch competition, chosen by the event’s judges, was Cranberry Oysters, an oyster farm off Great Cranberry Island owned by Lauren Gray. 

Little Red Flower Truck owners took home the Audience Choice Award along with $5,000 from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.

The winner of the Audience Choice Award was Little Red Flower Truck, an enterprise based in Ellsworth and Bar Harbor that boasts of “spreading locally grown floral joy through mobile pop-up sales and custom events” such as wedding parties. The owner is Molly Friedland. 

The other MDI-area business that participated in this year’s Business Boot Camp and Pitch Competition were Acadia Outdoor Center, Seal Harbor; Bub’s Burritos, Southwest Harbor; Eden Street Flowers, Bar Harbor; The Exercise Design Lab, Bar Harbor; MDI Girl Pasta Company, Bar Harbor; Mount Desert Makerspace, which its Facebook page describes as “a virtual gathering place for folks interested in helping create a community makerspace/fab lab” in Northeast Harbor; and The Nor’Easter Pound & Market, Northeast Harbor. 

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]

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