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Biz Briefs - 09/07/11

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Thinking of starting a business? Attend the free Business 101 Workshop

DOVER-FOXCROFT - In the current economy, many people have been thinking about earning some extra income or creating their own job by starting a business. A free Business 101 workshop will help you explore your idea for a business and the steps it will take to get it off the ground and running. This workshop will be instructed by James Macomber, Microenterprise Consultant and 2008 SBA Home Based Business Champion for Maine and New England, who will provide an overview of the pros and cons of operating a microenterprise or small business.

This training is offered through MaineStream Finance, a subsidiary of Penquis, and there is no cost to participate. This workshop is being offered in partnership with the Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative.

Business 101 classes will be offered Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 1-2:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. at the Penquis Office located at 50 North Street in Dover-Foxcroft.

To register for this opportunity, go to mainestreamfinance.org and click on the button marked "Workshops and Trainings," then complete the registration form.

For more information, contact James Macomber at 50 North Street, Dover-Foxcroft, or call 1-800-215-4942 ext. 2476 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

This class is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the US Rural Development.

Bangor Hydro to complete Trenton Causeway upgrade this fall

BANGOR - Bangor Hydro Electric Company will resume construction on the Trenton Causeway on Monday, Sept. 12. This work is a component of the MDI Transmission Project which will improve reliability to Bangor Hydro customers on Mount Desert Island.

Working with the Maine Department of Transportation, traffic in the area will be reduced to 30 mph in the area. While two-way traffic in the area of the bridge will be maintained, traffic may be reduced to one lane for brief periods of time to allow for deliveries and placement of materials. Traffic control measures will be put into place the week of Sept. 6, following the Labor Day holiday.

Recreational and commercial boaters are advised that clearance beneath the bridge will be reduced by approximately six feet due to the installation of temporary staging to allow workers to install conduit under the bridge. The staging will be removed as soon as possible but is expected to be in place for approximately 3 - 4 weeks beginning Sept. 12.

"We appreciate the public's help and understanding during this construction process," said Jim Cameron, project manager for Bangor Hydro. "We are working hard to minimize any inconveniences as we strive to improve electric service reliability to our customers on MDI." The causeway work of the MDI transmission upgrade is expected to be completed by the end of October, depending on construction and weather-related conditions.

Announcing downtown Faade Improvement grant program.

BANGOR - The City of Bangor has been a leader in Maine's downtown revitalization movement for over 40 years. In continued efforts to support downtown's renaissance, the City of Bangor is pleased to announce the creation of a Faade Improvement Program. The program offers grant funds, up to $15,000, for the purpose of restoring and renovating commercial storefronts and replacing deteriorated or poor quality commercial signs and awnings.

The Faade Improvement Program will restore the original character of historic buildings, visually improve storefronts and signage and reduce vacancies. Mayor Susan Hawes has seen many changes in downtown during her tenure on the City Council: "A significant amount of private funds have been invested in downtown over the past several years. However, in these economic times many property owners are not able to invest in building exteriors. These grants will leverage public funds with private dollars and result in significant upgrades to building facades and restoration of Bangor's historic character."

Applications are being accepted for grants for 50 percent of total project costs, up to $15,000. Grants must be matched at a ratio of 1:1 by the applicant. Eligible projects include painting, window or door repairs/replacements, signage, awnings, storefront restorations and other activities. Property owners within the Bangor Center Revitalization Area are eligible to apply. Funding for this project is available through the City's Community Development Block Grant allocation from the U.S. Government. Applications must be received (or postmarked) by Oct. 15, 2011. Funding decisions will be announced in November; it is anticipated that there will be more demand than available funds. Funding will be awarded to applications receiving the overall highest application scores until the grant fund is exhausted.

The application and complete eligibility guidelines can be found on the City of Bangor's website, www.bangormaine.gov. Questions may be directed to Shirar Patterson in the Community and Economic Development Office at (207) 992-4234 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Bog Road in Hermon closed temporarily to replace railroad crossing

HERMON - The Bog Road will be closed to thru traffic beginning at approximately 7 a.m. on Sept. 8 until the morning of Sept. 9 as the railroad crossing is scheduled to be replaced.

Residents needing to seek an alternate route should heed the following directions: The Bog Road runs from Route 2 in Hermon, passing through Hampden to the Newburgh Road in Hermon. The Newburgh Road is called the Shaw Hill Road on the Hampden side of I-95. Addresses 826 and higher can be reached from Route 2 in Hermon. Addresses 795 and lower, as well as Smith Road, Treadwell Acres, Wheeler Road and Pond Road can be reached from the Newburgh Road. From Route 2 in Hermon you can take the Klatt or Swan Roads to the Newburgh Road. From Hampden you can take the Shaw Hill Road from Route 9.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Hermon Town Office at (207) 848-1010.

Last modified on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 15:32

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