<b>James LaPlante </b>oversees creation of <b>SoPoCo</b>.Works, a coworking space set to open this spring in South Portland.

Coworking spaces evolving into more than just a mainstay of the 'gig economy'

Maureen Milliken |

Coworking started as an attractive working environment for the self-employed, remote workers and startups. But newer co-working spaces in the Greater Portland region are expanding their focus to...

<b>Mark Murrell</b>, owner of <b></b>, plans to expand the company's offerings beyond lobster to grass-fed beef, charcuterie and specialty chocolates.

Mark Murrell of ready to expand beyond crustaceans

Laurie Schreiber |

Mark Murrell founded in 2009, but plans to expand well beyond crustaceans to grass-fed beef and exotic game. Through a network of suppliers and...

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<b>Tollef Olson</b>, a co-founder of <b>Ocean's Balance</b>, a Portland company that produces a seaweed puree sold in retail stores and through wholesale accounts.

Ocean bounty: Tollef Olson has a knack for turning seaweed into products that are in demand

Laurie Schreiber |

In 2016, Tollef Olson co-founded Ocean's Balance, which a year ago started producing a Kelp Puree made from wild seaweed harvested by Olson. Buyers...

Reshaping Portland's waterfront: A flurry of development east to west in Maine's largest city

Renee Cordes |

Charlie and Malcolm Poole lease space to 25 tenants and 15 boats that tie up on a pier on Union Wharf in Portland's prized working waterfront. But as...


Use this two-step mentoring process to help your employees develop their unique skills

BY Susan deGrandpre, Collaboration Consulting

Employees vary widely in their potential. Here's how to tailor your mentoring to give them opportunities to develop their unique strengths

<b>Nancy Marshall</b>

How to: Handshake, or a hug? How do you decide which is appropriate in the workplace?

BY Nancy Marshall

We're reading every day about harassment in the workplace and #metoo. You may be wondering how to apply that to your company and...

Lawmakers tackle human resources issues in short session in Augusta

The state legislative session has just a little more than two months to go — it concludes April 18 — but there are still some...


Maine's largest family-owned businesses

Ranked by number of Maine employees

RankCompanyNo. of Maine employees
1L.L. Bean Inc., Freeport3,964
2Hancock Lumber, Casco522

Source: Each company via survey and Institute for Family-Owned Business

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