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BANGOR – Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC), Four Directions Development Corporation (FDDC), MaineStream Finance, New Ventures Maine, SCORE, Maine Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC), and Scratchpad Accelerator have joined together to form Business Resource Partners for Greater Bangor. The collaborative helps businesses grow through education, referrals, and personalized advising.

This collaborative effort of Bangor works with a wide array of clients, from entrepreneurs with an idea, to those who already have an established business. Individuals come to the collaborative for assistance, from help with next steps to intensive classes.

“MaineStream Finance is excited about joining this wonderful group of nonprofits serving our area’s entrepreneurs,” said Christopher Linder, CEO of MaineStream Finance. “We have always organically worked well together; this new initiative only improves upon what we have done for our entrepreneurs in the past. By formalizing our efforts and making the communication a bit more systematic, we can reach more entrepreneurs and better serve their needs.”

“Together we can do more to serve the diverse needs of Bangor’s entrepreneurs and small business owners from idea to startup,” said Jason Harkins, Managing Director of Scratchpad Accelerator. “The collaborative represents the further strengthening of the bonds that bind resource providers that will have a measurable impact on small businesses in the Bangor Region.”

The group formed as a way to collaborate on trainings offered, creating a network that maximizes the resources of the individual organizations.

“Working together and leveraging resources and ideas will allow us to better serve the Bangor region,” said EMDC’s President & CEO, Lee Umphrey.

Individuals interested in getting in touch with someone from Business Resource Partners for Greater Bangor can visit their Facebook page, or

Wednesday, 03 October 2018 12:52

EMHS becomes Northern Light Health

BREWER — Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems and its member organizations have officially changed their name; EMHS is now Northern Light Health.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 12:37

Bangor Celtic Crossroads Festival makes its debut

BANGOR – The Bangor Celtic Crossroads Festival is set to bring a wide variety of music, dance and more to the area this weekend.

The festival featuring the music, dance and food from Celtic countries will take place over the course of four days. This includes free family events such as a Family Fairy and Pirate Parade that will start on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the University of Maine Museum of Art and end at the Bangor Public Library with story time and a treasure hunt; genealogy workshops; and a demonstration of Irish step dancing. Musicians representing the music of Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man and Cornwall are featured this year in concerts and workshops that will take place September 27-30.

Tickets to all events can be purchased online at An all-festival ticket is available for $65 as well as individual tickets available each concert.  The workshops in Celtic music and dance – taking place on September 29 - are available for $10 each.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 12:29

UCP of Maine education program opens new classroom

BANGOR - UCP of Maine’s early childhood education program, Bridges, has announced that they have opened a brand-new, sensory friendly classroom known as the Alphabet Garden.

BANGOR – A new teen center will be opening soon in Bangor, thanks to generous support from the Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation, among others.

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 10:18

Friends of Fort Knox announce new director

PROSPECT - The Friends of Fort Knox will welcome Dean Martin as the new executive director of Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Bridge & Observatory starting in the first week of September.  

Learning platform could help blind, visually impaired access STEM-related graphics

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 14:17

Lee Umphrey named as CEO of EMDC

BANGOR– Following an extensive national search, the Board of Directors of Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) voted unanimously on July 26, 2018 to hire Lee Umphrey as EMDC’s next CEO.

ORONO — In the modern era of social media, more than 300 million people use Twitter to share news and engage in online conversations. This provides a glimpse into the minds of a diverse public, making Twitter a useful tool for researchers to study people who sympathize and promote extreme violence.

ORONO — The University of Maine unveiled an innovative, rapidly deployable bridge system on July 12 at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center.

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