2018 Annual Conference

The BREI 2018 Annual Conference features a collection of top-notch business retention and expansion speakers with a mix of tracks to include both educators and practitioners of BRE.


The Cross Center
515 Main Street
Bangor, Maine 04401


Click here to view the draft conference agenda.  This year’s conference theme is Home Brewed: Small Batch Economic Development.  Sessions will include topics focused on growing and retaining local businesses and supporting entrepreneurism.  Other sessions include topics important to understanding of BRE strategies and tactics in local communities.

Speaker Bios

Coming soon!

Sponsors and Support

Sponsors and supporters coming soon!

Social Media

This year’s conference will be very engaging with social media.  Follow updates at #BREI2018


For immediate support at the conference, contact executive director Ryan Kelly at 601-540-7926 (c)

Conference Registration

Click here to register as a member or non-member

Hotel and Accommodations

You may register for the BREI room block at one of two hotels within walking distance of the Cross Center. They are as follows:

Residence Inn by Marriott – $149 per night – Book Online
Fireside Inn and Suites – call for rates – 207.942.1234


Air travel to Bangor is available via the Bangor International Airport. Shuttle transportation is available to the Convention Center and hotels.  Bangor is also conveniently located within driving distance of most BREI members in the Northeast US and Southeast Canada.