Women to Watch 2017

Mainebiz is proud to present the 2017 Women to Watch. This year we had so many great nominees, we named five honorees instead of the traditional four. They come from a range of industries...

University of Maine School of Law Dean Danielle M. Conway in the Grumbine Gallery at the Portland Museum of Art, where she has been an active volunteer.

Women to Watch: Danielle M. Conway, University of Maine School of Law

Renee Cordes |

Inspired to pursue law by Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech, UMaine's School of Law's first African-American dean combines an entrepreneurial vision with a deep sense of public...

<b>Elizabeth Hayes</b>, president and CEO of <b>Infinity Federal Credit Union</b>, stands near the new Baxter Boulevard branch during construction in April.

Women to Watch: Elizabeth Hayes, Infinity Federal Credit Union

Peter Van Allen |

Elizabeth Hayes can still remember where she was when her beloved Minnesota Vikings missed a field goal and blew their chances to get to the Super Bowl.

<b>Patricia Rosi</b>, CEO of the <b>Wellness Connection</b>, in the Portland dispensary.

Women to Watch: Patricia Rosi, Wellness Connection of Maine

Lori Valigra |

Patricia Rosi, CEO of Wellness Connection of Maine, a Portland company that runs four medical marijuana dispensaries, navigates a changing marketplace.

<b>Nancy Strojny</b>, chair of the Portland chapter of <b>SCORE</b>, meets with <b>Jeffrey Blais</b>, owner of the Portland salon <b>Akari</b>.

Women to Watch: Nancy Strojny, SCORE — Portland chapter

Maureen Milliken |

Nancy Strojny navigated the waters of mega corporation Procter & Gamble for 30 years in an era when few women dared. Then she changed careers to work in distribution and merchandizing...

<b>Mary Howes</b>, president of <b>Howie's Welding & Fabrication</b> and managing principal of <b>Otis Mill Ventures</b> in Jay.

Mainebiz 2010 Women to Watch: What are they up to now?

Lori Valigra |

The president of Howie's Welding & Fabrication and managing principal of Otis Mill Ventures in Jay tells us she has sold both Otis Ventures and Mill St. Café, and is now in the...

Social media is not going away and to succeed you need to be using it

Answered by Judi Jones, InfoHarbor LLC |

Q: There are so many different social media platforms out there. How do I know which to choose?

<b>Luke Holden</b>, co-founder of <b>Luke's Lobster</b>, which opened its newest and 24th U.S. location on July 21. Five new locations are planned through the remainder of this year.

Luke's Lobster continues rapid expansion

Lori Valigra |

Luke Holden's calm demeanor belies his fast-paced life. The co-founder of Luke's Lobster, which started in 2009, opened his 24th U.S. shack in Philadelphia on July 21,...

Focus on Safety & Security
<b>Rick Simonds</b>, chief operating officer for <b>Sage Data Security</b> in Portland, near a screen with real-time cyber threats in the world. Simonds says cybercrime “is a game of cat and mouse, and it seems the good guys are playing catch-up all the time.”

Cybercrime is here to stay. Layered security is key

Laurie Schreiber |

A year ago, a Maine business was hit by ransomware for two days and was forced to pay up in order to get its information back.

Cyber headaches: How to stay ahead of the hackers

Maureen Milliken |

Businesses have always had things of value: Money and information. Bad guys, since businesses began, have tried to figure out ways to...


Grassroots effort played key role in restoring tip credit

Last month's repeal of the section of the state's new minimum wage law dealing with tipped workers has generated lots of nationwide buzz,...


Maine's largest employee-owned businesses

Ranked by number of Maine employees

RankESOPMaine employees
1The Cianbro Cos., Pittsfield994
2Sargent Corp., Stillwater350

Source: Each employer via survey

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