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New immigration policies could hit Downeast businesses hard

The Trump administration’s revocation of the federal Temporary Protected Status program, which allows migrants to stay in the United States when their home countries face violence or natural...

Maine State Chamber hosts timely forum on 'ACA for Businesses'


All the uncertainties surrounding the ACA give the Maine State Chamber of Commerce's annual ACA for Businesses forum on Wednesday a timeliness that should prove helpful to HR directors, business...

SBA highlights turnaround at Lost Valley Ski Area


Wendell Davis, New England regional administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Amy Bassett, SBA District Director for Maine, visited the Lost Valley Ski Area in Auburn on Wednesday...

CEO outlines Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce's 2018 goals

Maureen Milliken |

Katie Doherty, 29, a Waterville native, became program director for the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and was named president and CEO in February 2017,...

Maine Startup & Create Week to continue under new brand and leadership


The annual Maine Startup & Create Week will continue under the new name of Startup Maine and new leadership, with Katie Shorey being named president and chairwoman of the board.

Nominations open for 19th annual Maine Family Business Awards


Nominations have opened for recognition of the very best family businesses in Maine — and there are lots of contenders since four in five businesses in the state are family-owned.

Greenlight Maine competition heats up as 13 semifinalists vie for $100K prize


Greenlight Maine, an entrepreneurial pitch contest with a $100,000 prize, has selected the 13 semi-finalists who will move on to the Season 3 finals in June.

SBA launches program in Bangor to assist small businesses 'poised for growth'


Bangor has been selected as the first location in Maine to deliver a U.S. Small Business Administration program geared to meet the needs of executives of small business poised for growth in emerging...

35 startups selected for Top Gun Maine 2018


The Maine Center for Entrepreneurs, the University of Maine, the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute have selected 35 businesses for the Top Gun...

Ocean bounty: Tollef Olson has a knack for turning seaweed into products that are in demand

Laurie Schreiber |

In 2016, Tollef Olson co-founded Ocean's Balance, which a year ago started producing a Kelp Puree made from wild seaweed harvested by Olson. Buyers include grocery stores, institutions and...