AUBURN — Marcel Gagne, business ownership conversion specialist with the Cooperative Development Institute, a New England nonprofit, will address the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club at noon Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Village Inn, 165 High St.

CDI assists and supports a cooperative economy with locally grown food, affordable housing/ownership and business ownership solutions to existing businesses into co-ops through employee and community buy-outs.

Business ownership services can assist with succession planning strategies and/or business expansion solutions. CDI can also help with financial, feasibility, market and business planning. 

Gagne also has an extensive background in workforce development, and he worked in community and economic development for a decade with a nationally known organization, CEI. He has a training background in customer service, interviewing skills, supervisory implementation and coaching, as well as being a qualified Myers-Brigs’ Type Indicator facilitator.

Gagne also has certification as a continuous improvement practitioner through Bend the Curve. He is involved in the Institute for Continuous Improvement (ICI) at the University of Southern Maine, Lewiston/Auburn College and is serving as a technical advisor in an undergraduate certificate program on LEAN & Process Improvement.

Reservations are not required at the luncheon.

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Marcel Gagne

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