Bangor Whoopie Pie Business
James Gallagher has friends in sweet places. Take Eliza Butler, co-founder of Specialty Sweets candy in Bangor and an alum of the Top Gun Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program at UMaine. It was on her recommendation that Gallagher joined the Top Gun program to help grow his business. As president and chief baker at the Whoopie Pie Cafe on Hammond Street in Bangor, he sells over 25 whoopie pie varieties, in addition to homemade breads and sandwiches. In this video, Gallagher talks about the Top Gun Program and his small business.
The Top Gun entrepreneurship accelerator is a five-month program that engages entrepreneurs in growing their businesses. Top Gun combines education, mentoring, pitch-coaching and networking opportunities. The program is a partnership of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Maine Technology Institute, Blackstone Accelerates Growth and the University of Maine. UMaine organizes and hosts a Bangor region class and has also developed curriculum to support the statewide program. More information about Top Gun is online.