It's hard to look ahead with any kind of certainty when all you hear about are "looming fiscal cliffs," "sequestration" and congressional inaction.
So in this issue, we're offering a little stability to counter those unknowns: our 2012 Next List.
It's our annual compendium of Maine entrepreneurs and innovators who are shaping Maine's economy in a good way. And the 2012 class is exceptional — from the CEO of an equity firm that plans to invest $250 million in Maine over the next five years to the top executive of a little-known, $10 million company that makes equipment for brain surgeons; from solar-power standouts to the top dog of a company as dedicated to philanthropy as it is to man's best friend.
So take a breather from all that hand wringing and turn to the next page where we introduce the first of our 10 Nexters. You'll be inspired, I'm certain.
Read about each of our 2012 Nexters: