<b>Ryan Wilson</b>, co-owner (with  <b>Gina Simmons</b>) of <b>Commonwealth Poultry Co.</b>, in their facility in Gardiner. The company works with commercial growers throughout New England and Pennsylvania and employs about 30 people.

Cultivator program prepares startup companies for second-level growth

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Ryan Wilson was working for a farm and doing deliveries to restaurants, when he started asking chefs what they wanted that they couldn't get.

<b>Lynne Petty</b>, an interior landscape designer and salesperson for <b>Plantwerks</b>, stands next to the living wall inside the new <b>Danielle N. Ripich Commons Student Center</b> at the <b>University of New England's</b> Biddeford campus.

A touch of nature: Plantwerks creates a living wall at UNE's Biddeford campus

James McCarthy |

Plantwerks, an interior landscaping company in business for 34 years, adds a touch of nature to corporate office buildings that otherwise are simply enclosures made of brick, concrete,...

Tips on how to get employees to finish their assignments on time

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Q: How can we get our people to finish assignments and other tasks on time? They make promises and set completion dates, but we have a very bad record for on-time...

<b>Michele Cole</b> is a culinary product developer at <b>Stonewall Kitchen</b>, the York-based specialty food company known for its gourmet jams and pancake mixes.

A behind-the-scenes look with Stonewall Kitchen's culinary product developer

Renee Cordes |

Michele Cole, culinary product developer at the York-based specialty food company Stonewall Kitchen, talks about the art and science of flavor innovation in this On the Record Q. and A. interview...

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<b>Deb Fahy</b>, executive director of Hallowell's <b>Harlow Gallery</b>, says the reconstruction of Water Street initially faced resistance. But now the business owner is among those that say “Hallowell will be more marketable at the end of this.”

Retailers in Kennebec Valley 'making lemonade' out of disruptive road projects

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Belgrade Lakes business owners Diane Oliver and Liz Fontaine were against a major upgrade to the village's Main Street when it was...

Maine's immigrant entrepreneurs making their mark as they launch, and grow, small businesses

Renee Cordes |

At Cafe Whoopies in South Portland, Rwanda Bean Co. co-founder Mike Mwenedata is all smiles, welcoming customers breakfasting on...

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How to: Plan for succession in a family-owned business

BY Sterling Kozlowski

Eighty percent of Maine's businesses are family-owned. When asked who will take over the family business when the current owner retires,...

WEX and IDEXX bring home the bacon for their investors

When WEX Inc. announced that it had signed a fleet-card deal with Shell, Wall Street apparently liked what it heard.

<b>Mount Desert 365</b>, a community-based organization, plans a mixed use building at 6 Old Firehouse Lane in Northeast Harbor.

Building Business: Two construction firms announce leadership promotions

Reed & Reed Inc., one of northern New England's largest heavy civil contractors, has added a second-in-command to...


Maine's largest employee-owned businesses

Ranked by number of Maine employees

RankEmployee-owned businessNo. of Maine employees
1Cianbros Cos., Pittsfield1,093
2Sargent Corp., Stillwater430

Source: Each business via survey

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