Alum starts small business selling hand-crafted Bloody Mary Mix


Katherine Quinn of Cornville, Maine, knew she had a winning Bloody Mary recipe when she sold 16 gallons of her hand-crafted mix in one day at a restaurant on Sugarloaf Mountain. Since then, the famed bartender and UMaine alum has been selling her cocktail concoction, Ass Over Teakettle Bloody Mary Mix, in more than 50 retail stores and restaurants. Quinn decided to join the UMaine Top Gun Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program with encouragement from the owners of Twenty 2 Vodka, who were graduates of the program. Quinn talks about the Top Gun program and how it helped her attain her business goals in this video.

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.

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