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When technology makes our world better

Peter Van Allen |

The New Yorker recently published an essay by the late Oliver Sacks that bemoans technology's greater presence in our lives. "I cannot get used to seeing myriads of people in the...

Aquaculture must be good for all parties

To the Editor:We applaud the Island Institute for its support to help grow the aquaculture industry. Developing new markets and waterfront jobs is...

Portland still the hot-spot of development in southern Maine

Peter Van Allen |

Driving around may not seem like a productive use of time in most industries, but in the news business, it's a first-hand way to see construction that's underway, businesses that have...

How long will Maine's real estate boom continue? Beyond 18 months, it's anybody's guess

Peter Van Allen |

As this issue goes to press, the Mainebiz staff is working out who is going to cover which speakers at the annual MEREDA conference.

Baby boomers can help ease workforce shortage

As a business owner focused exclusively on the career transitions of Maine professionals, I read with interest the Dec. 10 Mainebiz cover story, "What's Next for Maine's Labor...

For 2019, predicting the unpredictable

Peter Van Allen |

Going into 2019, there's been a lot of talk about the economy and where it's headed. With the stock market taking a rocky ride, forecasts of doom-and-gloom abound.

North, south, east and west: Businesses continue to struggle to find workers

Peter Van Allen |

A topic that has dominated business talk in the past year has been companies' challenges in finding qualified workers.

As banks scramble for market share, businesses scramble for loans

Peter Van Allen |

I was assigned the banking beat way back in the Savings & Loan crisis of the early 1990s and several years later worked for American Banker at a time when leveraged buyouts and...

Will the business outlook improve in Maine under Gov.-elect Janet Mills?

Peter Van Allen |

Gov. Paul LePage's impact on business will likely be debated for some time.

What do infrastructure and transportation have to do with Maine’s labor shortage? Plenty.

Peter Van Allen |

It may not be surprising that in an issue about transportation and infrastructure, we're once again pounding the drum about the labor shortage.