Small Business

Portland gift card startup partners with Bangor Savings to pursue statewide expansion

Dylan Martin |

After launching only 20 months ago, Portland gift card startup Buoy Local has gained an important supporter in one of Maine’s largest independent banks as it plans to expand...

Real Estate & Construction

Ex-construction manager charged with embezzling

A former employee of Portland-based Stanford Management is being accused by the U.S. government of embezzling federal funds intended for affordable housing projects in Maine.

Real Estate & Construction

Greene contractor held in contempt for OSHA violations

The owner of Lessard Bros. Construction in Greene is being held in contempt of court for not paying a $405,000 fine and failing to correct federal safety violations.


Maine delegation heads to Denmark on climate tour

Lori Valigra |

A group of 14 Maine business and municipal leaders, legislators, educators and others is heading to Denmark on Aug. 31 to learn how that country has reduced its fossil fuel use to address climate...

Professional services

Stantec to expand Maine footprint with new acquisition

Dylan Martin |

Engineering and architecture firm Stantec plans to expand its footprint in the state, once again, with an acquisition of a company that has employees in southern Maine.

Real Estate & Construction

First drawings unveiled for Portland Co. project

Developer CBP2 has revealed the first renderings of its proposed redevelopment of the Portland Co. complex, showing just a glimpse of the retail, office and residential activity planned there.

Small Business

SMCC, UNE partner with proposed marine business incubator

Southern Maine Community College and the University of New England are teaming up with the developer of a proposed marine business incubator in Portland to bid for a $7 million state bond.


EMHS gets OK to buy Ellsworth hospital

The state has approved Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems' proposed acquisition of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, which would become the system's ninth hospital.

Real Estate & Construction

Proposed Brunswick train depot moving ahead

The operator of the Amtrak Downeaster said it is moving forward with the construction of its long-proposed layover facility in Brunswick, despite a new appeal filed by its largest opponent.


Midcoast charity recovers after embezzlement case

A year after discovering its former leader had embezzled millions of dollars, the United Mid-Coast Charities in Camden is distributing 60% more money to local nonprofits than it did the year before.

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How to know when to sell your business

Brian D. Hanson |

When is it too late to sell your business?

How to improve your awareness and security while on business travel

Harding Bush |

As enterprises grow and markets shift, business travel increases. This often includes travel to international markets in some of the less developed or less secure regions of the world. On...

How to avoid common 401(k) plan errors

Matt Prunier |

How to tap the potential of employees with disabilities

Susan Greenwood |

How to cut workers’ comp costs in 6 steps

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Some legal implications of wellness programs

Anne-Marie L. Storey |

Wellness programs have many well-documented benefits and a growing number of employers offer them as a way to control health care costs. But wellness programs also come with some...

At least 35 jobs to be cut at Charleston prison

The change of Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston from a youth to an adult prison will result in at least 35 positions being cut, according to the Maine State Employees Association.

A community model for inspiring young women to STEM achievement

Kathryn Woodson Barr |

Maine's largest patent holders

Ranked by number of utility patents granted to companies with Maine-based inventors for years 2010-2014 (1)

RankCompanyNo. patents 2010-2014 (Maine-based inventors)/No. patents 2014 (Maine-based inventors)
1Fairchild Semiconductor Corp., South Portland (2)142/33
2United Technologies Corp., Hartford, Conn.68/16
3National Semiconductor Corp. (3), Dallas, Texas58(4)/5(4)

(1) Patent origin is determined by the residence of the first-named inventor. Only companies with at least one utility patent granted for year 2014 were considered for this list.
(2) Headquartered in San Jose, Calif.
(3) National Semiconductor was acquired by Texas Instruments in September 2011.
(4) Patent count is for National Semiconductor Corp.
SOURCE: U.S. Patent Office./Compiled by Heide Martin.

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