Retail & Food service

Portland is in good company on Esquire's 'Best Pizza' list

While Maine's most populated city has been making national headlines and lists for its beer and spirits, pizza in Portland is getting the spotlight in Esquire magazine's list of “America's Best...

Education & Training

USM enrollment up; nursing program awarded $500K

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At the University of Southern Maine's annual Opening Breakfast on Thursday, President Glenn Cummings announced that enrollment at the school has increased and that students in its nursing program...

Real Estate & Construction

Portland Mayor Strimling proposes new landlord restrictions

Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling is recommending a number of new proposals for landlords, including restrictions on how often rent can be raised and limits on no-cause evictions.

Energy & Utilities

Heating oil prices drop as colder weather rears its head

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Heating oil prices in the state of Maine have fallen slightly as residents prepare for what the Farmers’ Almanac says will be an "ice cold and snow-filled" in the Northeast.


Airplane hangars can be energy-efficient too — for $1.5M

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The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority will receive $1,558,098 from the Federal Aviation Administration to install new energy-efficient heating systems in a pair of hangars at the Brunswick...

Marketing & Media

Windham publisher plans a stand-alone Maine Brew Guide

Peter Van Allen |

Maine's craft-brewing industry is showing more evidence of its growth. A stand-alone publication, the Maine Brew Guide, is set to launch in late September, the publisher, Stanley Rintz, told Mainebiz...

Government & Politics

The day after: The response to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

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After 15 years of public and political debate, Burt's Bees co-founder and philanthropist Roxanne Quimby's dream finally became a reality as President Barack Obama signed into law the establishment of...

Energy & Utilities

Two utility partners pull contracts for natural gas pipeline expansion

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The $3 billion Access Northeast natural gas pipeline expansion, touted by its developers as a project that would lower New England’s electricity costs by ensuring a more reliable supply of...

Real Estate & Construction

Aging Sarah Mildred Long Bridge won’t reopen

The Sarah Mildred Long Bridge on Route 1-A that connects Kittery and Portsmouth, N.H., over the Piscataqua River, won’t reopen to vehicle traffic following a gear failure over the weekend.

Real Estate & Construction

Proposed zoning laws may dead-end Thomaston Dollar General

The rocky road of a proposed Dollar General store in Thomaston could end as town selectmen look to enact new zoning laws that would likely stop the development of the discount retailer on Route...

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How To: Effectively negotiate a technology vendor contract

Joshua T. Silver |

One of the draws of technology management is the thrill of riding the wave of exciting new stuff. But with growing concerns over data security, executives and IT departments must work closely to...

How To: Calculate the social return on investment to make better decisions

Rachel Bouvier |

Many projects fail to be accepted by the community or encounter unexpected roadblocks, even though they seem profitable on paper. Just because a project has a financial benefit doesn't mean that it...

How To: Argue, properly

Jim Milliken |

How To: Avoid moving from one bad job to another

Rob LeVine |
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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.

Letters from Mainebiz readers

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Maine's largest private employers

Ranked by average monthly employment range, 2015

RankEmployerMaine employment range
1Hannaford Bros. Co., Scarborough7,501 to 8,000
2Maine Medical Center, Portland7,001 to 7,500

Source: Maine Dept. of Labor

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