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Immigrant Welcome Center launches ‘Greenhouse Program’ for entrepreneurs

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The Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center is offering to help aspiring entrepreneurs — five to start with in the new year — get new businesses off the ground.

Will the business outlook improve in Maine under Gov.-elect Janet Mills?

Peter Van Allen |

Gov. Paul LePage's impact on business will likely be debated for some time.

Startup goes digital to help Rangeley businesses keep more shopping dollars local

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An innovative new website launched by Rangeley Trading Co. is being hailed by the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce as a perfect showcase for local businesses that will help keep more shopping...

Check out Portland's first retail space built from shipping containers

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Portland's first retail space constructed from repurposed shipping containers opened last week at 93 Washington St., with five startup tenants each in 320 square feet of space.

UMaine System's free tuition initiative is boosting enrollment

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The University of Maine System reported Tuesday that its initiatives to put more students on an affordable path to a college degree and a career in Maine are already seeing results.

USM to launch North Atlantic partnership with goal of growing state's economy

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The University of Southern Maine will announce Thursday its intent to form the Maine North Atlantic Institute, a comprehensive economic and educational collaboration working with Maine businesses,...

Led by Elevate Capital venture fund, Minnow closes $1.2M seed round

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Minnow, the developer of the first internet-of-things-enabled food pickup kiosk that helps restaurants manage online and delivery orders, announced Monday that it closed a $1.2M seed round led by...

Bucksport aims to pitch itself as cruise ship destination

Bucksport, a 5,000-population town on the Penobscot River, will start pitching itself to major passenger cruise lines this winter, the Bangor Daily News reported, citing Richard Rotella, the town's...

Two grants boost support for business ownership transitions in rural Maine

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The Cooperative Development Institute has received two grants totaling more than $400,000 in public and private funds to support business ownership transitions in rural Maine.

Development catalysts can be big or small, GrowSmart winners prove

Maureen Milliken |

502 Deering Center in Portland and Colby College's Alfond Commons are the two inaugural Outstanding Project winners in the organization's recognition of development that helps communities.

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