19 business leaders weigh in on Maine's economy — and a year that could offer some surprises

Mainebiz Staff |

Every January, Mainebiz looks at the coming year and asks a range of experts, "What can we expect?" This year, we asked an even larger group of leaders — CEOs, small...


A Look Back: 25 years of Mainebiz

Mainebiz Staff |

The very first issue of Mainebiz, in December 1994, featured a story about another company that launched in 1994, Shipyard Brewing Co. in Portland.

<b>James Herbert</b> succeeded <b>Danielle N. Ripich</b> as president of <b>University of New England</b> in July 2017. He spent 15 years at <b>Drexel University</b> in Philadelphia.

UNE's James Herbert keen to take team-based health education 'to the next level'

Renee Cordes |

James Herbert succeeded Danielle N. Ripich as president of University of New England in July 2017. He spent 15 years at Drexel University in Philadelphia, most recently...

<b>Amanda Rand</b>, president of <b>Spinnaker Trust</b>

Wealth management: Spinnaker's Rand 'cautious' of financial market headwinds

Renee Cordes |

As Amanda Rand embarks on her second year as president of Portland-based wealth management firm Spinnaker Trust, she sees headwinds that...

Retail & Distribution: Lewiston footwear distributor to step up its hiring

Renee Cordes |

Lewiston's M. Leonard International Inc. plans to step up hiring after adding a Danish clog brand it's distributing exclusively for...

Real Estate: Realtor sees 2019 in historical perspective

William Hall |

Sue Spann has witnessed good times and bad since she and her husband, Don, opened RE/MAX Riverside Real Estate Co. in 2002. In 2014, she...

Law: Energy sector offers opportunities to bolster Maine's economy

Peter Van Allen |

Patrick Scully, managing partner at Bernstein Shur, says "far more positive" conditions in the energy sector could help boost...

Insurance: Clark Insurance's COO is betting on a strong year

William Hall |

Insurance is by definition a calculated risk, so Jeff Lind, COO at Clark Insurance, hedges his bets when he predicts what the year may...

Hospitality: Inns face challenges, but finding buyers is not one of them

Laurie Schreiber |

Rick Wolf is an owner and partner with the B&B Team, specializing in lodging brokerage and consulting.

Health care: For Maine's health care, a positive prognosis

William Hall |

Despite a decline of over 5% from 2018 to 2019 in the number of Mainers obtaining health insurance through the Affordable Care Act,...

Grocers and food producers: Increase in minimum wage creates uncertainty for grocers

William Hall |

Holiday sales are just one bellwether for Maine's grocery stores and supermarkets going into 2019, according to Christine Cummings.

Government perspective: Pace of tourism may slow, but growth will continue

Laurie Schreiber |

Steve Lyons, director of the Maine Office of Tourism, predicts continued growth in visitor numbers, but perhaps at a slower rate.

Government perspective: Economic strong points include salmon farms, health services and tourism

Peter Van Allen |

Amanda Rector, the Maine state economist, has been a regular part of the Mainebiz forecast issue. While the format of the issue has...


New year brings new resolutions for business leaders

With the new year upon us, Mainebiz asked business and nonprofit leaders about their business resolutions for 2019, including hiring and...


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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