A Month @ MOB: May Issue

In by Rebecka Dykstra

Welcome to the 9th edition of “A Month @ MOB,” a roundup of news and events in Maine’s outdoor industry each month:

Maine Trails Bond Passes!

We did it! The Maine Trails Bond passed both the House and Senate this month and was signed by the Governor. Thank you to all who weighed in and supported this initiative, which will provide $30M for trails in Maine. We’re not done yet…it now heads to the ballot in November for the Maine people to vote on.

Following an introduction at Outdoor Retailer, Flowfold announces new exclusive partnership with Japan distributor, Alco International LTD.

Together, they are working diligently on a line of gear curated specifically for the Japanese market.

L.L.Bean Breaks from Social Media for Mental Health Month

The brand partners with Mental Health America and introduces NatureDose app challenge.

Matthew Polstein of New England Outdoor Center named Maine small business person of the year

As a true advocate of his community and region, Matt has built a business out of his passion for Maine’s woods and waters.

Newry business owners are first couple to win Maine Guide Award

Kevin and Polly were recently honored individually with the Wiggie Robinson Legendary Maine Guide Award in 2023 and 2021 respectively — the first couple to achieve such prestigious recognition.

UNE students design an afternoon showcasing outdoor industry careers to local high schoolers.

The project was a hands-on leadership opportunity for UNE’s Outdoor Business and Innovation students.

Maine Outdoor Brands to host the official Startup Maine Week Wrap Party in collaboration with New England Ocean Cluster and Startup Maine

We’ll whip together entrepreneurship, outdoor recreation, and the ocean in a celebratory evening that features gear and product showcases, oysters, monkfish stew, and startup introductions.

Skowhegan, Sugarloaf, and Saddleback featured in Outside Magazine as 3 of The 23 Best Places to Travel in 2024

Grain Surfboards announces 2024 Surf Re-Evolution event, sharing waves, crafts, and ideas

The annual event on September 21 gathers surfers, artist, makers, and the environmentally conscious in York, ME for a day of surf, art, and music.