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Floating tank center, zero waste spice maker among SCORE award winners

Lori Valigra |

Noting that the SCORE Maine mentoring organization helped entrepreneurs start 386 new businesses that created 578 new jobs in 2016, Portland Chapter head Nancy Strojny named the winners of the annual...

NYC firm buys Fork Food Lab startup

Foodworks, a New York City-based company that operates two other culinary incubators in the Northeast, has acquired the Portland-based startup company Fork Food Lab.

Portland girls just wanna network: Regional Chamber launches forum

Renee Cordes |

A new Portland women’s networking forum is off to a running start after Monday’s kickoff at the Press Hotel.

Bella Luna Toys engages the imagination with natural, wooden toys

Lori Valigra |

Sarah Baldwin, owner of Rockland online natural toy store Bella Luna Toys, saw firsthand how video-game stares turned into inquisitiveness when, as a former kindergarten...

Gathering place in 'boatbuilding capital of the world' gets new life

Laurie Schreiber |

The brand-new Brooklin General Store, where fishermen gather at 5 a.m. to get their coffee and pastries before heading out to sea, represents an investment in an essential community gathering place...

Meet the 31-year-old publisher of WoodenBoat, who's reaching out to millennials

Laurie Schreiber |

An aficionado of wooden boats since he was a child and an economist by training, Andrew Breece came on as the publisher of WoodenBoat Publications on March 8, stepping into the shoes of the wooden...

Sew American: New Mainers help power American Roots, a Portland textile start-up

Renee Cordes |

Thread, bobbin, sewing machine. Besides learning English in their new homeland, they've had to master the lexicon and skills for their work at Portland textile start-up. Dressed in...

Small businesses light the way in Maine

Peter Van Allen |

You might feel like an outlier if you work in Maine and yet have miraculously avoided working at a small business.

Small is big: In the land of L.L.Bean and outlet stores, small businesses find their way

Laurie Schreiber |

Small, independent businesses on Freeport's side streets vie for just a fraction of the 3 million visitors a year that visit L.L.Bean's flagship campus and surrounding outlet stores. They're finding...

Meeting the threat of online retail

I am writing with a call for Mainebiz and our business community to really start thinking about retail. Everything from Wal-Mart to Main Street mom-and-pop is under the gun like...