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Fisheries & Marine

East Boothbay-built Comanche yacht breaks transatlantic sailing record

Kevin Steeves |

Comanche, the 100-foot supermaxi yacht built at the East Boothbay-based Hodgdon Yachts, is celebrating another victory, shattering the west-to-east transatlantic monohull sailing record Thursday...

 
Economic Development

Maine's economy comes out swinging in first quarter

Staff |

There's good news for Maine from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, which looked at the gross domestic product of the country: The state made it into the top 10 in economic performance for the...

 
Manufacturing

Brunswick startup lauded for work in hospital construction zone

Staff |

The Brunswick-based STARC Systems played a key role in keeping patients safe during the Central Maine Medical Center’s recent renovation of its emergency department.

 
Real Estate & Construction

Former police barracks in Orono will get a new life as car lot

The Bangor-based car dealership Van Syckle Inc. has been granted the go-ahead for its plans to convert the former Maine State Police barracks on Main Street in Orono into a 10-vehicle used car lot.

 
Real Estate & Construction

Enfield will get Maine’s next Dollar General

Construction is underway for Maine’s sixth Dollar General Store, at a still-in-the-works, 9,100-square-foot building in the Penobscot County town of Enfield. It is expected to open in early...

 
Fisheries & Marine

So long, and thanks for the memories, Larry the lobster

It wasn’t smooth sailing for Larry, the 15-pound lobster that was spared a Florida boil pot for the sweet life of luxury at the Maine State Aquarium. The headline-grabbing lobster was found DOA...

 
Energy & Utilities

Environmental group takes on PUC over Efficiency Maine budget

The Conservation Law Foundation is suing the Maine Public Utilities Commission in Maine Supreme Judicial Court, arguing that the PUC is not making full use of allotted energy efficiency incentives.

 

LePage budget would reportedly cut 1,500 state jobs

In a memo sent to his commissioners earlier this month, Gov. Paul LePage said that he wants to cut approximately 1,500 state employee jobs, in addition to slimming down state spending as part of an...

 
Banking & Finance

WEX tracking to become $1B company by year's end

James McCarthy |

WEX Inc. reported total revenue for the second quarter increased 9.5% to $233.9 million, which is $20.2 million more than the $213.7 million reported for the second quarter in 2015.

 
Real Estate & Construction

New R.H. Foster store adds healthy twist to convenience stores

The new R.H. Foster gas station and convenience store in Ellsworth has more in common with Whole Foods Market than 7-Eleven, offering kale smoothies and pizza topped with fig and prosciutto.

 
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HOW To'S

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: Turn new federal overtime rules into a competitive advantage

Art Boulay |

The new federal overtime rules will more than double the threshold for employers to avoid paying overtime when salaried employees work over 40 hours — moving from $23,660 per year to $47,476...

How To: Argue, properly

Jim Milliken |

How To: Avoid moving from one bad job to another

Rob LeVine |
Opinion

Word-of-mouth advertising has subtle meanings

It's always interesting to me how businesses can thrive while being completely under the radar. One company immediately comes to mind: Warren Construction Co. in Freeport does not have a sign on its...

Letters from Mainebiz readers

I look forward to each and every issue of Mainebiz — you are the best. I always enjoy going through the Fact Book: Doing business in Maine [of July 4], and thank you and your staff...

How To: Scale up your business

Tove Rasmussen |

How To: Run a 'lessons learned' session

Jim Stewart |
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Lists

Maine's largest architecture firms

Ranked by 2015 revenue

RankFirm2015 revenue
1SMRT Architects and Engineers, Portland$16.3 million
2Harriman, Auburn$9.4 million

Source: Each firm via survey.


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