Real Estate & Construction

MEREDA forecast: Modest growth expected, but concern over what's ahead for the economy

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Maine Real Estate and Development Association’s annual outlook conference, which attracted more than 1,000 people on Thursday, offered a cautiously optimistic forecast for 2019 in the various...

Creative economy

Mills appoints Hannah Pingree as innovation director, urges Mainers to 'take the long view'

Maureen Milliken |

Gov. Janet Mills moved Thursday on one of the first changes she promised as governor with the appointment of Hannah Pingree, former speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, to lead what will...

Economic Development

Live + Work in Maine steps up effort to promote state’s employment brand

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Live + Work in Maine, a private-sector initiative, is poised to accelerate its efforts to promote the Maine employment brand to the national talent market.

Creative economy

Maine craft brewers bullish on growth prospects in 2019

Renee Cordes |

Maine’s craft brewers are bullish on expected output growth over the next two years, with expectations of double-digit increases in both 2019 and 2020, says a new report.

Health care

Anthem invested $1M to advance health initiatives in Maine in 2018

The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation invested more than $1 million in Maine nonprofit organizations in 2018, supporting efforts to improve the health of communities and engage people in...

Tourism & Recreation

Freedom Boat Club of Maine readies for spring expansion to Portland

Renee Cordes |

Although the spring boating season is still a few months off, Freedom Boat Club of Maine announced it will add a location in Portland as flagged by owner Steve Arnold in an interview with Mainebiz...


Cellardoor Winery wins 10 gold medals at North America’s largest wine competition

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Cellardoor Winery — which has a vineyard, winery and tasting room in Lincolnville and a tasting room at Thompson’s Point in Portland — won 10 gold medals, including two “best...

Creative economy

A look back: A 1994 exhibition is a blockbuster for PMA

The Portland Museum of Art’s summer of 1994 exhibition, "Rodin," featuring the works of French sculptor Auguste Rodin, turned out to be a blockbuster.

Health care

WEX signs agreement to acquire Discovery Benefits for $425M

James McCarthy |

WEX Inc. announced today it has signed an agreement to acquire Discovery Benefits Inc., a high-growth employee benefits administrator based in Fargo, N.D., for $425 million.

Real Estate & Construction

Supermarket competition heats up with Hannaford's plans to add new store in Brunswick

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Hannaford Supermarkets announced Wednesday it will locate a store in the former Bookland and adjacent Staples space at the Cook’s Corner Mall in Brunswick — a project providing a...

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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.

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Maine's largest chambers of commerce

Ranked by membership as of January 2019

1Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Augusta5,000
2Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, Portland1,200

Source: Each chamber via survey

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