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<b>Scott Dugas</b>, owner of Yarmouth-based <b>Scott Dugas Trucking & Excavating</b>, which has had an ongoing opening for two mechanics to keep the heavy machinery in working order. He says the hiring environment has been “brutal.”
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Hiring pressures push companies to unprecedented lengths to find workers

William Hall |

With unemployment remaining below 4%, Maine employers are facing an ever greater scarcity of job-seekers. Around the state, employers are stepping up their hiring efforts, offering signing bonuses, a...

 
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<b>Mike Hart</b>, director of sales and marketing at <b>Green Thumb Farms</b> in Fryeburg, has helped develop innovative products for both wholesale and retail markets. The <b>Cold River Gold</b> potato is featured in restaurants such as Portland's <b>Duckfat</b>, which uses them in its fries.

No resting on its laurels as Green Thumb Farms seeks new markets for its potatoes

Maureen Milliken |

Mike Hart, director of sales and marketing at Green Thumb Farms in Fryeburg, has helped develop innovative products for both wholesale and retail markets. The Cold River Gold potato, for example, is...

 
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At <b>WEX Inc.</b>, from left, <b>Patricia Hasson</b>, an inside sales representative; <b>Rebecca Mills</b>, manager of partner operations and indirect tax teams; and <b>Gimbala Sankare</b>, global early career pipeline manager. They are part of <b>PROPEL</b>, a professional development organization for young professionals.

What do millennials want? How a younger generation is influencing the workplace

Laurie Schreiber |

In researching job opportunities, millennials are seeking firms that offer flexible scheduling and workplace options, a focus on work-life balance,...

Businesses partner with community colleges to meet workforce shortage head-on

Maureen Milliken |

Dead River Co., Central Maine Power and Appalachian Mountain Club are among the Maine employers that are partnering with the Maine Community College...

Able to work: Disability is not a handicap at some Maine employers

Renee Cordes |

From 2012-16, fewer than a third of working-age Mainers with a disability were employed, compared to 80% employment for others, according to the...

Columns

Focusing on the three P's is the best way to improve customer outcomes and profit

BY Steve Musica, Lean East

Q: Where should I spend my time and money to improve customer outcomes and profit?

Building permits on the rise — but can't touch pre-recession numbers 1

BY Staff

Maine is on pace to record a post-recession high in building permits. At the current rate, Maine would have 4,711 by year's end, topping last year's...

 
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Maine's largest chambers of commerce

Ranked by membership as of January 2019

RankChamberMembership
1Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Augusta5,000
2Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, Portland1,200

Source: Each chamber via survey



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