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  • Opinion

    Maine's varied industries tell a larger story

    This issue of Mainebiz includes stories that look at some traditional industries, including farming and lobstering, and how they fit with where Maine is headed.

  • Eleven Maine companies recently raised capital

    Lori Valigra

    Maine companies continue to raise money actively, filing Form Ds with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for equity or debt offerings. There were 38 filings through early October of this year compared with 44 for all of 2013.

  • Focus on Down East
    Focus on Down East

    Longtime MDI boat builder sells business to protégé

    Laurie Schreiber

    BERNARD — Boat builder Robert “Chummy” Rich, who has been featured in books and videos, sold his long-running boatbuilding operation, Bass Harbor Boat Inc. in Tremont, to his protégé, Richard Helmke.

  • In Short
    In Short

    Newsworthy people and performances

    New hiresPen Bay Healthcare in Rockport hired Thomas Crosslin III as a surgeon and Norman Keller as a certified physician assistant at its Pen Bay Surgery and Wound Healing Center

  • Focus on Down East
    Focus on Down East

    On the edge: Monhegan Island's year-round residents take charge of their future

    James McCarthy

    Shermie Stanley doesn't need to read the Island Institute's 62-page 2011 status report on Maine's 15 year-round island communities to know how Monhegan Island is faring.

  • Focus on Down East
    Focus on Down East

    From pencil to computer: Lobstermen adapting to digital data collection

    Laurie Schreiber

    Just 10% of Maine's lobster fishermen, selected randomly each year, are required to report landings and other data to the Department of Marine Resources.They use good old pen and paper, the forms provided by the DMR.

Today's Poll

Will your business be holding a holiday party this year?
Poll Description

Sponsored by: GoNetspeed, a fiber internet provider

Are you ready to party like it's ... 2019?

Four years ago, on the eve of the pandemic, 76% of companies in a national survey were planning corporate holiday parties. That was the most since 2016, according to the poll by global human resources consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, which has been conducting the research annually since 2004.

In 2020, just 5% of companies gathered for the holidays at in-person galas. In 2021, as COVID vaccines were starting to become available, the percentage of partiers increased to 27%.

Last year, perhaps in a sign that the economy was approaching something like normal, the share of companies with holiday celebrations surged to 57%.