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MDOT 'ready to dig in' on building freezer warehouse without Americold

Renee Cordes |

The Maine Department of Transportation will go ahead with plans to build a cold-storage warehouse in Portland without Americold Realty Trust (NYSE: COLD) as a partner, welcoming the chance to take a...

GrowSmart Maine launches Maine Smart Growth Awards


GrowSmart Maine is launching the Maine Smart Growth awards, which are designed to recognize the diverse elements that contribute to smart growth, and also serve as real life illustrations...

Gorham Savings celebrating 150 years with 150 days of giving

Staff |

Gorham Savings Bank, in celebration of its 150th anniversary, plans to grant up to $150,000 of wishes over the next 150 days as part of a community giving program called “Wish Tree.”

Startup Maine conference experiments with new brand and format

Renee Cordes |

Startup Maine is a startup in its own right, trying out a new brand, new format and an all-in ticket price of $48 for a three-day conference taking place in Portland from June 21-23.

SCORE recognizes success stories with annual awards

Maureen Milliken |

SCORE's Maine Success Award luncheon honored 10 businesses and their owners in a variety of categories from all over Maine. Winners accepted their awards accompanied by their SCORE mentors.

Washington County leaders welcome ‘Opportunity Zone’ designation

Local economic development and business leaders in the Washington County towns of Baileyville, Calais, Whiting, Dennysville, Pembroke, Baring and Meddybemps are eager to take advantage of being...

Cultivator program prepares startup companies for second-level growth

Laurie Schreiber |

Ryan Wilson was working for a farm and doing deliveries to restaurants, when he started asking chefs what they wanted that they couldn't get.

Maine's immigrant entrepreneurs making their mark as they launch, and grow, small businesses

Renee Cordes |

At Cafe Whoopies in South Portland, Rwanda Bean Co. co-founder Mike Mwenedata is all smiles, welcoming customers breakfasting on made-in-Maine whoopie pies and coffee brewed from African...

Maine Center for Entrepreneurs readies 'cultivator' businesses for growth

Peter Van Allen |

Our cover story is devoted to eight food producers that are being mentored by the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs.

North Spore wins $50K Gorham Savings' LaunchPad prize

Staff |

North Spore, a Westbrook startup that cultivates and sells mushroom-growing kits, beat four other finalists to win the coveted $50,000 Gorham Savings Bank LaunchPad prize on Tuesday evening.