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Interactive map of Maine business startups unveiled

Renee Cordes |

Big Room Studios, the Portland software design and engineering firm behind the Maine Mariners logo, has crafted a detailed, interactive map of Maine's 200-plus startup businesses.

Pitch contest winnings to help North Spore Mushroom Co. scale up its operations

Staff |

North Spore Mushroom Co. won $100,000 in the "Greenlight Maine" Season 3 entrepreneurial pitch contest.

WalletHub ranks Maine at No. 31 for business startups

Staff |

In a WalletHub assessment of the best and worst states in which to start a business, Maine came in at No. 31, sandwiched between Tennessee (No. 30) and New York (No. 32).

Seaweed entrepreneur expands in Biddeford, launches new products

Laurie Schreiber |

Ocean's Balance Inc., a Maine innovator of edible seaweed products, has moved into a new facility in the Pepperell Mill Campus in downtown Biddeford and will launch nine new edible seaweed products.

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.

Mainebiz New Ventures/Startup Forum postponed to Aug. 21

Staff |

Mainebiz New Ventures/Startup Forum has been postponed to Tuesday, Aug. 21. It was originally scheduled for Thursday, June 14.

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.

Retailers in Kennebec Valley 'making lemonade' out of disruptive road projects

Maureen Milliken |

Belgrade Lakes business owners Diane Oliver and Liz Fontaine were against a major upgrade to the village's Main Street when it was proposed several years ago.

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