<b>Tim Mateosian</b>, left, founded <b>Big Room Studios</b> with his brother <b>Sam</b>, right. The firm, which specializes in virtual reality projects, is based in 3,000 square feet at <b>Thompson's Point</b> in Portland.

Virtual reality gains traction in sectors from architecture to hospice care

Renee Cordes |

Big Room Studios, based in a 3,000-square-foot office at Thompson's Point, started out in web design in 2002. The firm added custom software development in 2008 and that remains its bread and butter.

Tom Madden, left, and John Paul, founders of Lone Pine Brewing Co., plan to open a new tasting room in Gorham in March.

Lone Pine Brewing gets ready to roll out its Gorham tasting room in March

Renee Cordes |

Three years after Tom Madden and John Paul founded Lone Pine Brewing Co. in Portland, the craft brewer just added five new tanks at its new Gorham facility to double its production capacity to nearly...

A handy formula to improve your listening

Jim Milliken, Communication Consultant |

Q: I'm told I don't listen well. How can I improve?


A Look Back: Operator, please connect me to rural Maine

While it seems hard to believe in this day and age, a story about the high cost of long-distance phone calls that ran the December 1995 issue of Mainebiz has a parallel story today.

Focus on Technology
<b>Matt McGrath</b>, president of <b>Systems Engineering</b>, says “almost everybody is in the cloud, whether they think about it that way or not.

More businesses migrate to the cloud, but is it the right approach for everyone?

Laurie Schreiber |

Matt McGrath, president of Portland-based Systems Engineering, a managed IT services and support firm, says Maine companies increasingly are moving...

<b>JHR Development LLC</b>, based in Marblehead, Mass., is entering another phase with the <b>Bath RiverWalk</b> condominiums along the Kennebec River.

From Saco to Bath, lots of projects in the works

JHR Development LLC, which is based in Marblehead, Mass., is entering another phase with the Bath RiverWalk condominium...

<b>Kim Donnelly</b>

How to: Prepare for a business loan

BY Kim Donnelly

If you own a business, you know what it's like to see — and want to seize — an opportunity. And often, such opportunities...

Manufacturing's workforce is growing again, but is a long way from pre-recession numbers

Maine's manufacturing workforce, which declined sharply during the recession, has started a gradual rebound. Even so, it remains dramatically smaller...

Andrew Rinaldi

How to: Build a culture of cyber-defenders

BY Andrew Rinaldi

In today's world, cybersecurity is a hot-button issue that effects organizations large and small. Here are some tips on how to build a culture of...


Maine's largest employee-owned businesses

Ranked by number of Maine employees

RankEmployee-owned businessNo. of Maine employees
1Cianbros Cos., Pittsfield1,093
2Sargent Corp., Stillwater430

Source: Each business via survey

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