Creative economy

Maine International Film Festival raises its game with mobile-first site

Renee Cordes |

Organizers of the 10-day Maine International Film Festival that kicks off this evening in Waterville aim to improve the experience for visitors with a new mobile-first website, funded with a $10,000...


New map highlights growing farmer market trends

Laurie Schreiber |

The Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets, in Pittsfield, has released a new Farmers Market Trail map for coastal markets from Bath to Lubec.

Retail & Food service

Bixby & Co. launches chocolate puffin line to support Audubon conservation efforts

Staff |

Bixby & Co. LLC, an organic chocolate-bar maker launched by Kate McAleer and her mother Donna McAleer in 2011, has branched out into puffins — in chocolate, that is.

Retail & Food service

Bissell Brothers to 'test drive' Milo taproom

Staff |

Bissell Brothers, which has a brewery and taproom at Thompson's Point in Portland, says it will open the Three Rivers taproom to the public on Saturday. The taproom and brewery is at 52 Elm St.,...


Tesla installs EV chargers at Kennebunk plaza

Staff |

In a project funded by Tesla, 16 Tesla supercharger units have been installed at the Kennebunk Service Plazas on the Maine Turnpike.

Real Estate & Construction

Falmouth passes on zoning change for Falmouth Center soccer complex

Staff |

Falmouth Town Council does not adopt a zoning change for a proposed 400,000-square-foot mixed-use complex on U.S. Route 1, instead requested a master plan for the project. The zoning change was...

Retail & Food service

'World's best lobster roll' isn't made in Maine, again

The winner is in, and the “world's best lobster roll” ­­­­for the second straight year ­­­­comes from nowhere even close to Maine.


Husson University and NMCC form nursing affiliation

Husson University and Northern Maine Community College have formed an affiliation that allows nursing students pursuing an associate's degree at NMCC to easily transfer credits toward a bachelor's...

Retail & Food service

Downtown Lewiston nonprofit gets off the ground

Laurie Schreiber |

Downtown Lewiston, a new nonprofit focused on the promotion and economic development of the commercial district, reaches out to introduce the organization to the business community and the community...

Small Business

Interactive map of Maine business startups unveiled

Renee Cordes |

Big Room Studios, the Portland software design and engineering firm behind the Maine Mariners logo, has crafted a detailed, interactive map of Maine's 200-plus startup businesses.

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How to: Plan for succession in a family-owned business

Sterling Kozlowski |

Eighty percent of Maine's businesses are family-owned. When asked who will take over the family business when the current owner retires, 88% of owners believe their children or family...

How to: Create the perfect brand message in 5 simple steps

Alexandra Heseltine |

We all know a logo design is only a small part of branding. What's critical to a successful branding strategy is defining the brand message. A brand message should answer the question in...

How to: Evaluate an Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Bill Haskell |

A Mainebiz reporter's memories of Nasson College

Peter Van Allen |

Maureen Milliken, a staff writer at Mainebiz, writes about planned redevelopment of parts of the former Nasson College campus (see Page 18). As Maureen reports, Nasson's closure in 1983...

Maine's high energy costs bring out Yankee ingenuity

Peter Van Allen |

Just in the past few weeks, Mainebiz has had a number of stories about energy projects.

From #MeToo to #MaineCanDo: Eradicating workplace harassment

Betsy Peters |

Closing the skill gap by investing in education

Martha Johnston |
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Maine's highest-paid lobbyists

Ranked by compensation reported to the Maine Ethics Commission, 2017

1Joshua A. Tardy, Mitchell Tardy Jackson Government Affairs$446,333
2James Mitchell, Mitchell Tardy Jackson Government Affairs$330,539

Source: Maine Commission on Government Ethics and Election Practices, Lobbyist Compensation Report

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