Dog Not Gone vs. Wag Rags

Episode 11: December 10

Greenlight Maine / Season Two

Sponsored by MEMIC

The Presenters

Bill Swain
Co-Founder (Pic 1)
Julie Swain
Co-Founder (Pic 2)
Founded in 2005, Dog Not Gone is a market leader in mosquito and tick protective products for dogs, horses and their human companions. With designs created by outdoors-people and a commitment to American craftsmanship, the company’s products have been embraced by pet owners, hikers, gardeners, and anyone with a penchant for the great outdoors.

The company’s signature permethrin treated outerwear items for humans, dogs, and horses repel mosquitos, ticks and other insects with No Fly Zone technology to offer safe and effective protection against biting insects in a way that is comfortable, convenient and stylish.

Dog Not Gone products are hand-crafted at the company’s Skowhegan manufacturing facility from American made components.
Chris Voynik
Wag-Rags are eco-friendly dog toys that are hand-made using recycled t-shirts. All of our toys are knotted by hand to ensure extra strength and durability.

Our company was founded by then college student, Chris Voynik. After some trial and error and a little help from his two Golden Retrievers, the Wag Rag was created. Spending summer weekends traveling the state to craft shows, Wag Rags quickly took off. Today, Wag Rags are proudly still made by hand in Maine and are located in stores across New England.

The Judges

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Michael Bourque
Michael Bourque is senior vice president for External Affairs at The MEMIC Group, Maine's largest and leading workers' compensation insurance company. A graduate of the University of Maine, Bourque first joined MEMIC in 1995 in the communications department, rising to senior vice president in 2011. He is responsible for the company's corporate communications, branding and government affairs, and serves as the company's corporate secretary. He currently serves as chair of the board of the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce and is a past board chair of the Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine, Southern Maine Community College Foundation, and the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Portland with his 14-year old twins.

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Amy Bouchard
In 1994 as a stay at home Mom I needed to earn a living so I began baking and selling my Wicked Whoopie Pies to local Mom and Pop shops. Now shipping all over the country, a Commercial bakery in Gardiner Maine, two retail Bake Shops in Freeport and Farmingdale Maine, growing distribution landed us on the 2011 INC. 5000 List for fastest growing companies in the Country 3 years in a row. SBA honored Amy as Maine’s 2014 Woman Business of the Year. WHOOPIE!!!

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Bill Watson
Bill teaches in the College of Business at Husson University. In addition to teaching Bill is Director of Husson's Internship and Partners programs .

Prior to joining Husson Bill was Regional Manager at IBM, National Sales manager at Ricoh corp., VP and General manager with Dell Computer and President of a Canon subsidiary.
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