Human resources

Groups announce initiative to combat childhood poverty

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A collaboration of groups, including Maine Equal Justice, the Maine Community Foundation and the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, have launched an initiative to reduce childhood poverty in the state.

Economic Development

Maine State Chamber launches work-based learning programs with $95K grant

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation selected the Maine State Chamber of Commerce to participate in its Career Readiness Lab, and receive $95,000 to implement a work-based learning program to...


ReVision Energy launches fund to help nonprofits tap solar energy

Laurie Schreiber |

ReVision Energy has started an impact investment fund business, ReVision Solar Impact Partners, to help nonprofits and municipalities acquire cost-effective solar energy.


N.H. town gives chilly reception to Shipyard's ambitious brewery plan

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A New Hampshire town says it was caught off guard by Shipyard Brewing Co.'s announcement that it plans to build a $36 million brewery there by late 2020.

Real Estate & Construction

FAME financing to boost restart of Old Town mill, two other projects

James McCarthy |

The Finance Authority of Maine approved financing for three projects, including $12 million in tax credits to advance the restart of the closed Old Town mill.

Forest products

New York firm to acquire Bangor supplier of industrial equipment

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Horizon Solutions LLC, of Rochester, N.Y., has signed an agreement to buy N.H. Bragg, an industrial and safety equipment supplier headquartered in Bangor.

Retail & Food service

Fill 'er up: Gas station-marijuana dispensary opens in Portland

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Portland's first retail medical marijuana dispensary and convenience store opens today.

Fisheries & Marine

As Luke's Lobster grows, its owner keeps an eye on sustainability

Laurie Schreiber |

Luke's Lobster, which became a certified B Corporation earlier this year, has initiatives underway that company founder Luke Holden said are aimed at furthering the sustainability of the lobster...

Tourism & Recreation

BikeMaine six-year economic benefit tops $3 million

Maureen Milliken |

The 2018 BikeMaine event, which toured the St. John Valley in Aroostook County, infused $742,000 into the state's economy, a 17% increase over 2017, according to organizer Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

Health care

CMMC cardiovascular institute makes national Top 50

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Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health — the only hospital in the state to receive that honor...

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North, south, east and west: Businesses continue to struggle to find workers

Peter Van Allen |

A topic that has dominated business talk in the past year has been companies' challenges in finding qualified workers.

As banks scramble for market share, businesses scramble for loans

Peter Van Allen |

I was assigned the banking beat way back in the Savings & Loan crisis of the early 1990s and several years later worked for American Banker at a time when leveraged buyouts and...

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Maine's largest colleges & universities

Ranked by full-time undergraduate enrollment, fall 2018

1University of Maine, Orono8,158
2Husson University, Bangor*2,408

Source: Each school via survey *University of Southern Maine did not provide fall 2018 figures

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