CourseStorm Selected for 2019 Governor’s Award for Business

AUGUSTA, ME: Governor Janet Mills recognized four Maine businesses as recipients of the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence during a ceremony at the Blaine House in Augusta on December 18, 2019, joined by Maine Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Heather Johnson.

Maine technology company CourseStorm received the Innovation Award, which celebrates and recognizes business excellence through entrepreneurship and innovation. The 2019 award seeks to celebrate and highlight elements of the State’s ten-year strategic economic plan, with four new award recipient categories. Other businesses recognized were Rwanda Bean with the Welcome Home Award, Luke’s Lobster with the Heritage Industry Award, and Bigelow Brewing Company with the Rural Revitalization Award.

“We are very grateful to be recognized,” commented Cofounder and CEO Brian Rahill. “We’re excited to be helping with the State’s economic plan in a couple of ways. We are creating high-skilled jobs as we build our own great team, and we’re helping people continue to train and retrain for new work by connecting them to continuing lifelong learning here and all across the US. We started this idea in Maine and are proud that CourseStorm is connecting people to critical educational opportunities across the entire nation.”

photo montage: 1. 2019 Governor’s Award for Business in Innovation statue; 2. co-founders Matt James and Brian Rahill with Maine Governor Janet Mills; 3. a CourseStorm team selfie

“With ingenuity and imagination, hard work and dedication, these four businesses are transforming communities across Maine into hubs of excellence where talented workers can get good-paying jobs and raise their families,” said Governor Mills. “As we work to implement our state’s new strategic economic development plan and ensure Maine is known as a place of innovation and excellence, these businesses will serve as a model for economic success. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor.”

“Nominated businesses from across the state all share a deep commitment to their community, devotion to creating a high quality of life for their employees, and proven strategic business excellence,” said Commissioner Heather Johnson. “I share Governor Mills’ belief that celebrating the good work that businesses in Maine are doing will help to attract more workers and economic opportunity to our state, and I thank these businesses for leading by example.”

Founded in 2015 and led by co-founders Brian Rahill and Matt James, CourseStorm provides simple, yet powerful, cloud-based class registration and marketing software for adult education organizations. Their software helps educational non-profits, colleges, and hospitals enroll students in community education classes. With early funding from the Maine Technology Institute and Maine Venture Fund, CourseStorm began by serving programs in Maine and now has expanded to education providers across the nation. To date, CourseStorm has connected more than 300,000 students in all 50 states to affordable, lifelong learning –including more than 27,000 last year in Maine alone. 

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