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If you’re reading this, you likely have more than one specialty

I had an interesting conversation with another of Portland's new coffee purveyors. Vagabond Coffee is a food truck that frequently occupies a space on Middle Street. The owner, William...

Without mentors we’d have no leaders

Our publisher Donna Brassard likes to point out that women-owned businesses fared better in the recession. That's because collaboration and communication are at the heart of anything run by a woman.

Word-of-mouth advertising has subtle meanings

It's always interesting to me how businesses can thrive while being completely under the radar. One company immediately comes to mind: Warren Construction Co. in Freeport does not have a sign on its...

Letters from Mainebiz readers

I look forward to each and every issue of Mainebiz — you are the best. I always enjoy going through the Fact Book: Doing business in Maine [of July 4], and thank you and your staff...

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.