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Agriculture

It's maple syrup time: Maine Maple Sunday this weekend

Staff |

Nearly 100 maple sugar producers will open their doors to visitors this weekend for the 36th annual Maine Maple Sunday, which celebrates Maine's short but sweet $48.7 million maple sugaring industry.

 
Small Business

Labor, small businesses differ on minimum wage bills

The Maine AFL-CIO urged lawmakers Monday to reject several bills that would lower the minimum wage, particularly ones that would create a separate, lower, wage for teenagers,but a group representing...

 
Retail & Food service

Ellsworth nonprofit founder receives local chamber's highest award

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Jacqueline Wycoff founded Community Closet Thrift Store, which often helps those in need, and has been named the Ellsworth Area Camber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.

 

Portland area is ranked 'best city' for women

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Portland is the best city in the nation for working women, based on how many women have college degrees, unemployment data, women's wages and the number of sexual harassment claims.

 
Economic Development

Lubec works to get chamber back on track after two-year hiatus

Laurie Schreiber |

The all-volunteer organization fell by the wayside, but, with renewed interest, longtime member decided to give it "one last shot," and it worked.

 
Nonprofits

Real estate broker plans a halfway house for homeless men in Portland

Laurie Schreiber |

The former Opportunity Alliance center at 54 Maple St. will provide 16 units of housing, the developer says.

 
Government & Politics

Legislative committee to hear testimony on seven minimum wage bills today

Maureen Milliken |

The Maine Legislature is scheduled to hold work sessions and public hearings on seven bills addressing the state's minimum wage today. The bills include ones halting current increases, ones raising...

 
Creative economy

Maine Center for Entrepreneurs to expand Cultivator program in 2019

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The Maine Center for Entrepreneurs is taking applications for its 12-month Cultivator program to help food, beverage and agricultural businesses keen to scale up, as it prepares to...

 
Tourism & Recreation

Boston firm renews offer to buy Saddleback

Saddleback Mountain in Rangeley, closed since 2015, may have a buyer — one who previously planned to buy the resort but backed off last year.

 
Fisheries & Marine

Once stymied by China tariff, lobster dealer finds a workaround

Laurie Schreiber |

Tom Adams, CEO of Maine Coast lobster wholesale company in York, said he's found ways to make up revenue that was lost when a 25% tariff was implemented last July on imports of lobster to China.

 
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HOW To'S

How to: Prepare for a business loan

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 require an infusion of capital.

How to: Build a culture of cyber-defenders

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 cyber-defenders within your company.

Opinion

Workforce development: Discovering the amazing knowledge and talents of veterans

Maine's labor shortage has been well documented and it shows no signs of abating.

Meet the Mainebiz Business Leaders of the Year

Peter Van Allen |

We hear a lot about "makers" these days and it typically means furniture makers, boat builders, crafts people.

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Lists

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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