<b>Elisa Ellis</b>, at left, and <b>Amanda Meader</b>, at right, are founders of Augusta firm <b>Ellis & Meader</b>. At center is paralegal <b>Kasey Nelson</b>.

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...

<b>Charlotte Guptill</b>, founder of <b>CHART Metalworks, </b>got an early boost in 2009 when Sea Bags President and COO Beth Shissler offered studio space at Sea Bags. In 2015, Sea Bags acquired the jewelry company.

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 by Sea Bags in 2015, makes...

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<b>Rob Ravenelle</b>, left, and <b>Kris Eimicke</b>, tax specialists at <b>Pierce Atwood</b> in Portland, say the new federal Opportunity Zones have the potential for significant impact.

Law firms are jumping into the new development field created by 'Opportunity Zones'

Maureen Milliken |

It's rare that the word “exciting” and tax law are joined in the same sentence, but excited is what everyone from attorneys to developers...

Women have a growing presence in law firms, but lag behind men in leadership roles and pay

Laurie Schreiber |

While women have a growing presence in law firms, the number of women drops off as they rise in the ranks. And their compensation drops. To address...


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

BY 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...

Deals, deals, deals: Maine companies are hot property

The recent acquisition of Waterboro-based Howe & Howe Technologies, maker of sophisticated off-road and robotic vehicles for the...


Maine's largest private employers

Ranked by average monthly employment range, 2018 Q2

RankEmployerEmployment range
1MaineHealth, Portland15,001 to 15,500
2Hannaford Bros. Co., Scarborough8,001 to 8,500

Source: Maine Department of Labor

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