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Mali and its Orange Money

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel in Africa, particularly in Mali. The Republic of Mali, an independent country since 1960 was once, over 6 centuries ago, part of a powerful empire controlling gold and salt and other commodities, with cities like...

The State of Maine – The Ultimate Turnaround?

TMA Portland Maine Presents: State of Maine Finances - What's Ahead? Presented by: State of Maine Treasurer - Bruce Poliquin Thursday, April 28, 2011 7:30 – 9:00 AM Marriott at Sable Oaks 200 Sable Oaks Street Portland, ME With a new administration in place and just a few months under their belts,...

The Y’s annual Adaptive Services Auction is coming up!

Mark your calendars.  Save the date. And don’t forget - the Y’s annual Adaptive Services Auction is coming up! Thursday, March 31, 2011 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Hilton Garden Inn 5 Park Street Freeport, ME All proceeds from this annual gala event will directly support the Casco Bay Branch's Adaptive Service...

Four Great Portland/S. Portland Events in the Next Three Weeks

ILAP CeleSoiree (March 25) http://www.ilapmaine.org/celesoiree.html Italia 150 Portland (March 31) http://www.italia150portland.com/ SOPOSUP Grand Opening Party (April 1) http://www.soposup.com/news/grand-opening-april-1stno-fooling Glitterati (April 7) http://www.tellingroom.org/get_involved/glitterati.html...

Reflections on the Japan Crisis

As we continue to watch in sadness as the tragedy in Japan unfolds, I have been struck by how well prepared Japan was in minimizing the immediate human impact of the earthquake and tsunami.  While there has still been devastating tragedy on the local and...

Wise Words From Philip Congdon, Maine’s new DECD Commissioner

The Sunday Telegram ran a profile today on Maine's new Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner with some great direct quotes from the subject himself. http://www.pressherald.com/news/commissioner-values-honesty-common-sense_2011-02-27.html I have not had a chance to meet Commissioner Congdon yet or hear him speak in person.  But from what...

Thinking Outside of the Lobster Pot

Great article in the Press Herald today covering the Calendar Islands Maine Lobster Co.'s vertical integration efforts: http://www.pressherald.com/news/maine-lobster-moving-out-of-the-pot-into-new-dishes_2011-02-15.html Kudos to the principals for creative thinking in reacting to changing market conditions.  Vertical integration isn't an easy strategy, but it beats sticking your head in the sand when...

Cop-out Post

Things have been so active at Opus recently that I have to admit I don't have any fresh material that isn't confidential.  So I'm going to cop-out and post some of my favorite recent blog posts written by others: "Top 10 Reasons Small Businesses Fail" http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/05/top-10-reasons-small-businesses-fail/ "What Exactly...

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Judging Borders by the cover…

We all knew that Borders (BGP) was in financial troubles and it was not really a surprise when Borders’ management announced a few days ago that they had chosen Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, a well-known bankruptcy and restructuring law firm to advise on its...