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Everybody’s got an opinion about Maine’s energy costs

One of the most common complaints we hear from business leaders is Maine's high cost of energy. Is it a fact or myth?

How To: Scale up your business

Tove Rasmussen |

Scaling up a business is a fun challenge and key to Maine's economic growth. Maine has 28,000 businesses with four to 19 employees, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. If these...

How To: Run a 'lessons learned' session

Jim Stewart |

It should be mandatory at the end of every project — and, if possible, at the end of every phase — to run a lessons learned session. And not only run it, but make sure that it's...

Get rid of the monkeys

Steve Lovejoy |

Working with businesses here at the Maine Small Business Development Centers I have the opportunity to work with different challenges all the time. That's why I enjoy the job so much. But...

Big interest in small business

The Mainebiz small business focus is typically our largest issue of the year, not including the Book of Lists or Fact Book: Doing Business in Maine.

With workers in short supply, recruiting becomes an art

Maine has seen its share of job losses at paper mills and other facilities. But there are at least three companies planning major expansions.

Why the Island Institute decided to offer a 12-week paid parental leave

Rob Snyder |

Nonprofit organizations like the Island Institute are not exempt from the pressures of the bottom line. In fact, we are just as mindful of budgets as for-profit businesses because we are...

Why one healthcare nonprofit leader is optimistic about costs

Andy Webber |

In my position as the leader of a nonprofit membership organization that works to improve the quality and lower the cost of health care, I find myself in frequent conversations with...

With ESOP, business owner and employees can both benefit

Succession issues are a constant topic of conversation in Maine. With baby boomers looking to retire and/or bank some equity from their businesses, there are a lot of "for...

The foibles of new technology

Lori Valigra |

The first time I observed just how frustrating new technology can be to consumers unfamiliar with it was in the lobby of a bank in Coolidge Corner in Brookline, Mass.