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Immigrant Welcome Center launches ‘Greenhouse Program’ for entrepreneurs

Staff |

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.

Small but mighty: Startup law firms are making their mark in Maine

Renee Cordes |

In Maine, the lure of launching a solo or small practice is popular, sparking a fresh crop of startups across the state. In fact, more than half of registered lawyers, 56%, work at firms with fewer...

Maker of nautical-chart jewelry mulls bigger footprint in weddings, corporate gifts

Renee Cordes |

Charlotte Guptill is a self-taught jewelry designer — and former mortgage loan officer — who founded CHART Metalworks in 2008. Her Portland startup, acquired...

Here are a few reasons why some consultants are better than others

Bernard Mohr of Innovation Partners |

Given the mix of subject-matter and problem-solving competencies you need in a consultant, how you establish the relationship can make all the difference. Here are some tips to maximize your chances...

Deals, deals, deals: Maine companies are hot property

Peter Van Allen |

The recent acquisition of Waterboro-based Howe & Howe Technologies, maker of sophisticated off-road and robotic vehicles for the Army, is just the latest in what is shaping up as a...

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

Staff |

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...

Belgrade Lakes' long-awaited road project in full swing

Maureen Milliken |

The $3.125 million upgrade to that half-mile of Route 27 through Belgrade Lakes Village, the first in 50 years, is finally happening. It was delayed until after Labor Day to minimize the impact on...

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

Staff |

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.

Bursting at seams, Lewiston sign-maker finds the 'perfect tall building' to meet his needs

Laurie Schreiber |

After unsuccessfully searching for larger space for his growing custom sign-making operation, Neokraft Signs owner and President Phil Bolduc had resigned himself to adding on to his existing space in...

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