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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 13:02

Area agencies announce business resource partnership

Written by Wire Reports

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, 14 December 2016 13:20

Maine DECD looks to boost workforce attraction efforts

Written by Wire Reports

AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) announced a new public-private partnership with Live and Work in Maine to help identify and deliver a larger and more skilled workforce to Maine.

ORONO Planning a trip to Norway, Fiji, Australia or Italy? Eager to know more about the customs, food, languages and transportation?

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 11:30

Maine employers seek Next Step Maine scholarship

Written by Wire Reports

AUGUSTA- This year, thousands of Maine employees from more than 260 businesseswill have the opportunity to be nominated for the Next Step Maine scholarship program. The program awards funds to Maine employees that are currently pursuing a bachelor's degree, associate's degree or certificate program.

BANGOR Beal College's Welding Technology Department earned accreditation from the American Welding Society (AWS) last month, giving graduates of the program more credentials and greater opportunity for successful post-graduation careers.

ORONO The intersection of anthropology, political science and history in international affairs is the focus of a conference April 1 at the University of Maine.

International Affairs: An Interdisciplinary Study, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m., Wells Conference Center, is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UMaine International Affairs Program, with support from the School of Policy and International Affairs.

Thanks to the generosity of Machias Savings Bank, admission will be free on select dates

BAR HARBOR The Abbe Museum will continue to offer free admission in 2016, thanks to the generosity of Machias Savings Bank. Admission will be free on select days throughout the summer and fall, as well as from November through December.

'For the past 24 years, Machias Savings Bank has been an incredibly generous supporter of the Abbe Museum,' said Abbe President and CEO Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko. 'Thanks to their support, our free admission program during the 2015 winter months made a substantial impact on the Maine community. Not only did our visitor numbers dramatically increasefrom approximately 900 in 2014 to 1,100 in 2015we also received verbal and written comments from guests about how pleased they were to be able to visit the Museum for free during the quieter months.'

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 22:14

Husson accounting students help people file taxes

Written by Wire Reports

BANGOR It seems as if there are tax code changes every year. This year, there are changes to the tax penalties associated with the Affordable Care Act, adjustments to tax brackets for inflation, increases in standard deductions and personal exemptions and more. Students who are filing their taxes for the first time and experienced tax filers sometimes need a little guidance to complete this process in a timely and accurate manner.

In an effort to help anyone who needs assistance, aspiring accountants from Husson University's College of Business are donating their time to help others file the appropriate state and federal tax forms by this year's deadline. Individuals must have an income of less than $62,000 per year to quality for this free service.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 22:03

Maine Business School awarded reaccreditation

Written by Wire Reports

ORONO The Maine Business School at the University of Maine has earned an accreditation extension by the world's most prestigious international accrediting institution for business programs, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Only about 5 percent of the world's more than 15,000 business schools are accredited by AACSB International.

ORONOTwo student organizations at the University of Maine have joined forces to organize the inaugural Black Bear Leadership Summit, designed to help current students develop the skills and perspectives needed to be successful leaders on campus and later in life.

The event, to be held Friday, Feb. 26 at UMaine's Wells Conference Center, will feature workshops and presentations related to group dynamics, professionalism and the value of networking and peer engagement. Organizers Co-chairs Kathy Hill and Sam Borer anticipate about 200 students to attend.

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