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Marijuana legalization and opioid crisis put employers on high alert

Maureen Milliken |

A combination of the opioid crisis and changes in Maine's marijuana laws are a major reason more Maine employers than ever are drug testing.

Eateries and retailers reinvigorate Deer Isle’s downtown

Recent changes in Deer Isle’s downtown are bringing it back to life.

From a Portland corner, making soundwaves in the world

Laurie Schreiber |

A 4,920-square-foot warehouse/office building at 82 Gilman St. in Portland is the new digs for Independent Audio Inc., a nationwide distributor of top-quality professional audio equipment.

Scarborough now has its very own Holy Donut store


The Holy Donut has opened its third store — moving into a former Tim Hortons at 398 U.S. Route 1 in Scarborough.

Purchaser of Blue Hill bookstore finding new ways to beat Amazon

Laurie Schreiber |

Samantha Haskell's recent purchase of Blue Hill Books is a vote of confidence in the viability of bookstores in the digital age. In a sale finalized Feb. 1, Nick Sichterman and Mariah Hughs sold the...

Lawmakers caught in crossfire over changing minimum wage


Lawmakers reviewing 10 bills seeking to change the statewide minimum wage increase approved by voters in November's referendum faced strong lobbying from both sides of the issue at Wednesday's...

Greenlight Maine semifinalists vie for $100K


Thirteen startup companies moved on to the semifinals, and will compete in the final stage of the Greenlight Maine competition in June, organizers said.

Revitalization of Pepperell Mill spurs in-migration of young people

Renee Cordes |

Biddeford is her new Brooklyn. Fashion designer and entrepreneur Roxi Suger says the former mill town's creative feel is why she and her family moved there from New York in 2013.

SaviLinx: Maine's newest HUBZone

Lori Valigra |

Call center SaviLinx LLC of Brunswick is the latest Maine company and the first in Brunswick Landing to be certified as a Historically Underutilized Business Zone, or HUBZone, by the U.S. Small...

Holy Donut owner honored by SBA


Leigh Kellis, founder of The Holy Donut in Portland, has been selected as U.S. Small Business Administration's Maine Small Business Person of the Year.