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2016 SBA Awards

SBA Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year Award for Maine and New England: Masahiko Miyakeof Miyake, LLC of Portland

'I am delighted to congratulate Mr. Miyake on his success in owning and operating two restaurants and a farm,' said Marilyn Geroux, SBA district director for Maine. 'Mr. Miyake's hard work and dedication have been instrumental in his success, and the U.S. Small Business Administration is pleased to have been an early supporter of his efforts through our Microloan Program,' she added.

Published in Biz
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 12:41

NFL Playoff Preview Conference Championships

And then there were four.

After the grueling four month season and two weeks of high-intensity playoff games, we are left with four NFL teams that still have a chance to make their way to the Super Bowl and compete for the Lombardi Trophy.

2012's postseason attrition continued this weekend as four more very good teams were proved to be not quite good enough. The Denver Broncos, the Green Bay Packers, the Seattle Seahawks and the Houston Texans all find themselves on the outside looking in as the playoff dance continues. Each team fought the good fight the Broncos and Seahawks were especially dogged in their pursuits but in the end, they came up short.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 13:36

NFL Playoff Preview Divisional Round

The road to Super Bowl XLVII is paved with four fewer teams as the list of playoff teams has been pared from 12 down to eight. And so we bid a fond farewell to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Minnesota Vikings, the Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Redskins; each of these teams had an exceptional year, but their respective seasons have come to an end.

Moving on to the Divisional Round, the path is about to get a good deal rockier for the Wild Card survivors each one of the first round winners now has a daunting matchup ahead, going on the road against a higher seeded team that has had an extra week of rest and recovery. Even so, the Lombardi Trophy is still very much up for grabs.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 13:58

Patriots Progress Report Third Quarter

What a difference a month makes.

Over the past four games, the New England Patriots have played at an incredibly high level. An argument could be made, in fact, that they have been the best team in football over the past four games. The offense has been as high-octane as ever, while the defense has made a significant turnaround. Add to that some high-quality special teams play and it's no wonder that the Pats have won their last four.

Published in Report Card
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 16:17

Jones, Hightower highlight Patriots draft

Team trades up for Syracuse end, Alabama linebacker

The New England Patriots draft strategy in recent years has involved a lot of wheeling and dealing. Coach Bill Belichick seems to take particular delight in trading down and accumulating more and more future assets. While it certainly makes sense as a long-term strategy, in the short term it can feel a bit frustrating. We want to see the team take shots at top-level players, rather than being content with quantity over quality.

This year, we got a little of both.

New England had two first round picks this year, so most of us expected some sort of trade to happen. What we didn't anticipate was Belichick trading up with both picks in order to snap up players they coveted. Most of the mid-round picks were sacrificed in the trading process, but the Patriots wound up with some solid blue-chip talent and a few intriguing prospects. The draft had an overwhelmingly defensive flavor, with the team selecting only one offensive player.

Published in Sports

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