December Newsletter  /  Issue 47

If you read nothing else ...

The three most important things to know

  1. Maine's outdoor recreation economy is one of the top five in the nation, according to a 2021 report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
  2. COMING SOON: Sign up for our new outdoor industry careers newsletter, launching December 15th!  
  3. Save the date for MOB's virtual annual meeting on January 19th. 


Maine Ranked Top 5 in the Country in the Value Outdoor Recreation Added to Statewide GDP in 2021

We knew that Maine's nearly $3 Billion outdoor industry had a significant impact on our state's economy, and now, thanks to the latest data from the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis' (BEA) 2021 report, there are even more impressive numbers to back it up. Not only did it show an increase in the outdoor recreation industry as a whole (it went up 19.3% overall), it also tracked growth in outdoor recreation employment, gear manufacturing, and measured massive leaps in guiding/outfitting of 43% in comparison to 2020. 

We're thrilled to be at the epicenter during one of the most exciting times for growth and opportunity in Maine's outdoor recreation industry. To read more data, go to our website for the full report.
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A large part of our mission at MOB is to empower businesses and individuals alike to thrive by providing opportunities for connection and growth. There are endless ways that each and every member of Maine's outdoor industry can benefit from one another, be it resource sharing, trading knowledge, networking, and more. So, to keep building that community, we decided to create a new space to let the magic happen, as a tool for those looking to level up their skillset, pursue a different career, or rub some elbows at a local outdoor industry event.
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Join Us at Our Virtual Annual Meeting


Zoom in for our annual meeting to connect with other MOB members virtually and hear from MOB's staff and Board of Directors about our 2023 priorities.

RECAP: November MOB Scene
A small but strong contingent of MOB members braved the wind and rain to come out to the MOB Scene last night at Banded Brewing after taking a small tour of Tekto and learning about the company from founder Marko Mancić. Big thanks to the Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission for sponsoring the event and we look forward to hosting more MOB Scenes around the state in the new year!
MOB Attends the Discovery Marketplace
MOB is quickly gaining a national reputation of being a place to discover emerging brands in the outdoor industry. That came to light in November when we were invited to attend the first Discovery Marketplace hosted by Grassroots Outdoor Alliance at their Connect trade show in Kansas City.

We brought a small Maine team of Opolis Optics, Brant & Cochran, Foothill Fuels, and Good To-Go, who had the opportunity to meet buyers from more than a hundred specialty outdoor retail stores around the country. We'll be packing up next month to head to Outdoor Retailer Snow Show in Salt Lake City, Utah with seven brands.

Thank you to the Maine Office of Outdoor Recreation and the Department of Economic and Community Development for supporting these domestic trade opportunities and giving us the chance to showcase Maine's innovative outdoor industry around the country!

Shop Maine Outdoor Brands for the Holidays

'Tis the season to shop local and support our growing network of member brands! Head over to the MOB website to view our directory for a complete list of brands and organizations to help you with your holiday shopping. From high-quality outdoor gear to guided outdoor adventures and more, you can filter by activity and industry sectors to find the perfect gift right here in Maine. 
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Member Spotlight
Earlier this fall, Jennifer Scism, MOB member and owner and founder of Good To-Go, traveled to Washington DC as an MOB ambassador to advocate for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Established in 1964, LWCF allocates $900 million dollars per year to fund a wide range of conservation and outdoor recreation, from investing in our national parks, to creating local parks and playing fields, to conserving forests. In the six decades since LWCF was established, both the population and the needs have grown.
In DC, Jennifer joined the Appalachian Mountain Club and Molly and Alec London of W.W. London Woodlot Management and to ask our senators and congresspeople to increase LWCF funding by an additional $450 million per year. The Londons conduct sustainable logging of AMC’s Maine forestland, which remains open to the public for backcountry recreation.

Thank You to Our Supporters!

Summit: Blaze Partners, Visit Maine, Autumn Lane Web Studios
Tree Line: Machias Savings Bank, iBec Creative, Bernstein Shur
Trailhead: ShipRight, Backyard Concept LLC, SA Hutnak & Associates, CurrierBuchanan, Yarmouth Payroll Plus, Maine Center for Entrepreneurs, KMA Human Resources Consulting, Acadia Benefits

Interested in sponsorship opportunities for 2022? Reach out to Thank you for supporting Maine's outdoor economy!
Maine Outdoor Brands is a member-driven alliance of outdoor product makers, experience providers, retailers and organizations invested in strengthening Maine’s $3 billion outdoor recreation economy. As champions of our state’s growing outdoor industry, we believe there is strength in numbers and aim to be a catalyst for growth. We empower outdoor businesses to thrive by providing collaborative marketing, networking, resource sharing and education in partnership with the Maine Office of Outdoor Recreation.
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