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Food businesses trending away from single-use plastic items

Laurie Schreiber |

Increasing numbers of Maine food businesses and lodgings are putting themselves in the forefront of national and international trends to switch out from petroleum-based items like straws, to-go...

Portland businesses extend panhandling-to-work program with $13K donation

Renee Cordes |

A dozen Portland businesses and one nonprofit have donated $13,000 to extend the city's panhandling-to-work program for 10 additional weeks.

Interactive map of Maine business startups unveiled

Renee Cordes |

Big Room Studios, the Portland software design and engineering firm behind the Maine Mariners logo, has crafted a detailed, interactive map of Maine's 200-plus startup businesses.

Pitch contest winnings to help North Spore Mushroom Co. scale up its operations

Staff |

North Spore Mushroom Co. won $100,000 in the "Greenlight Maine" Season 3 entrepreneurial pitch contest.

WalletHub ranks Maine at No. 31 for business startups

Staff |

In a WalletHub assessment of the best and worst states in which to start a business, Maine came in at No. 31, sandwiched between Tennessee (No. 30) and New York (No. 32).

Seaweed entrepreneur expands in Biddeford, launches new products

Laurie Schreiber |

Ocean's Balance Inc., a Maine innovator of edible seaweed products, has moved into a new facility in the Pepperell Mill Campus in downtown Biddeford and will launch nine new edible seaweed products.

Gorham Savings celebrating 150 years with 150 days of giving

Staff |

Gorham Savings Bank, in celebration of its 150th anniversary, plans to grant up to $150,000 of wishes over the next 150 days as part of a community giving program called “Wish Tree.”

Startup Maine conference experiments with new brand and format

Renee Cordes |

Startup Maine is a startup in its own right, trying out a new brand, new format and an all-in ticket price of $48 for a three-day conference taking place in Portland from June 21-23.

SCORE recognizes success stories with annual awards

Maureen Milliken |

SCORE's Maine Success Award luncheon honored 10 businesses and their owners in a variety of categories from all over Maine. Winners accepted their awards accompanied by their SCORE mentors.

Mainebiz New Ventures/Startup Forum postponed to Aug. 21

Staff |

Mainebiz New Ventures/Startup Forum has been postponed to Tuesday, Aug. 21. It was originally scheduled for Thursday, June 14.