How to Maximize Your Networking at the Agents of Change Conference

Mike Bruny (Ambassador Bruny)

The date is September 14, 2012; you step into the Agents of Change Conference and there are people who only know you from the online world but can’t wait to meet you in person.  
Sounds like a dream?  It’s very well possible with a little bit of preparation.  I know you’re a busy professional so I’ll make it easy for you, just answer these 6 questions and you’ll be ready to becoming an Agent of Change (cape sold separately).
Grab a blank piece of paper or jump on a tool like Evernote or Google Doc to capture your answers and let’s get started.

Portland, Maine Hotels: Where Should I Stay For The Agents of Change Conference?

Looking for a hotel to stay at for the Agents of Change Digital Conference? From swanky to affordable we’ve got you covered. Below is a list of 10 hotels nearby!

1Portland Regency Hotel and Spa
20 Milk Street, Portland, ME 04101
Reservations: (800)727-3436 or (207)774-4200

A luxurious boutique hotel, located in the heart of the historic Old Port district on Portland’s restored waterfront. A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Portland Regency Hotel & Spa was originally constructed in 1895 as a home for Maine’s National Guard.

2.  Hilton Garden Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront
65 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine, 04101
Reservations: (207)780-0780

Located in the idyllic waterfront district, this hotel is ideal for any traveler, just a complimentary hotel shuttle away from PWM Jetport, and moment from Portland attractions. All guestrooms have data port and complimentary high speed wireless internet access.

3.  Residence Inn by Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront
145 Fore Street · Portland, Maine 04101
Reservations: (207)761-1660

Portland, Maine’s only all suite hotel is located in the heart of the historic Old Port district.

4.  Hampton Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront
209 Fore Street, Portland, Maine, 04101
Reservations: (207)775-1454

The Hampton Inn is one of Portland’s newer hotels, situated in the heart of the Old Port. Its rooms offer great views of Casco Bay and the hotel is within walking distance to restaurants, museums, shopping and more.

5.  Portland Harbor Hotel
468 Fore Street, Portland, Maine 04101
Reservations: (207)775-9090 or (888)798-9090

The Portland Harbor Hotel’s distinctive design and top-notch service have earned it the distinction of being an American Automobile Association (AAA) four-diamond hotel for the past six years; the only hotel to receive this honor in Portland.

6.  The West End Inn
146 Pine Street, Portland, ME 04101
Reservations: (800)338-1377

A sophisticated townhouse bed and breakfast nestled in the heart of Portland’s Western Promenade neighborhood.

7.  Holiday Inn By the Bay
88 Spring St Portland, Maine 04101
Reservations: (207)775-2311

Portland’s Holiday Inn by The Bay is situated right in downtown Portland within walking distance to all attractions in the Old Port.

8.  Inn at St. John
939 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04102
Reservations: (207)773-6481 or (800)636-9127

Built in 1897 The Inn at St. John in downtown Portland, Maine is the city’s oldest continuously operating historic Victorian Inn. This competitively priced pet friendly hotel is conveniently located in Portland’s West End.

9.  The Danforth
163 Danforth Street, Portland, Maine 04102
Reservations: (800)991-6557 or (207)879-8755

Nearly 2 centuries old this newly renovated small luxury inn exudes old-school charm. Situated in the historic Spring Street district all you need to do is step outdoors to wander the Old Port and explore its arts district, shops, bustling seaport, world-class restaurants, and lively cafés and coffeehouses.

10. Clarion Hotel Airport
1230 Congress St, Portland, ME, US, 04102
Reservations: (207) 774-5611

This affordable hotel is located very close to the University of Maine where Agents of Change will be taking place and just a short drive into Portland’s Old Port.

Do you have a favorite place you’ve stayed? Let us know, or add it to the comments below!

Maine Center for Economic Development (MCED) to Exhibit at Agents of Change

MCEDSince 1997, the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (MCED), has helped entrepreneurs build scalable, innovative, Maine-based businesses. 

In partnership with the University of Maine’s Target Technology Center and supported by Blackstone Accelerates Growth and the Maine Technology Institute, MCED offers a wide range of programs including Top Gun Maine, CEO Roundtable, Lunch & Learn and Table Talks.

In September 2012, the newest program in the Top Gun series, Top Gun Prep, will launch. Top Gun Prep is a webinar open to any Maine entrepreneur who wants to increase speed and decrease risk in building their startup. For additional information about the services and programs at MCED, please visit us at

The MCED is excited to be part of the Agents of Change Digital Marketing Conference!