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Darts as a Strategic Financial Management Metaphor

This blog post from Alemi, a Cornell physics graduate student, had me thinking about the analytical work that we do at Opus: http://thevirtuosi.blogspot.com/2011/01/darts.html After playing darts with a friend, Alemi used statistical analysis to develop a dart-throwing strategy to optimize points while taking into consideration the capabilities...

Cost vs. Investment and the Importance of Planning

The Forecaster published an article a few days ago regarding the Town of Freeport's reluctance to fully fund a request by the Greater Freeport Chamber of Commerce.  The article and the town's decision touches on two key areas (cost vs. investment and the importance of...

Three Cheers for Renys!

Great article in the Press Herald yesterday about Renys in advance of their move into the former L. L. Bean Outlet space on Congress Street in Portland. http://www.pressherald.com/business/slow-but-steady_2011-01-02.html First, we are simply thrilled that a vibrant Maine-based business will be filling the void created by L. L. Bean's...

Small Business Lending Fund

The US Treasury has established the Small Business Lending Fund which aims to deploy $30 billion in capital to community banks with less than $10 billion in assets.  The terms of the Fund provide incentives for these banks to use the capital to increase lending...

Maine’s Own Organic Milk, the MOO 3-way win

By now, you probably have heard about MOO Milk. If not, here's the concept. Maine's Own Organic Milk Company was formed to promote farm preservation and economic development in Maine by marketing and distributing 100% Maine organic milk with an effort to preserve and increase the...

Maine Population Shows Surprising Growth

One of the fundamental drivers of economic growth is population growth.  Contrary to predictions that Maine's population would shrink, the Press Herald reported a few days ago that Maine's population grew by 4.2 percent between the 2000 Census and 2010 Census. http://www.pressherald.com/news/the-maine-count-is-in-population-grew-4_2__2010-12-22.html?searchterm=maine+population That rate outstripped the 3.2 percent growth...

Transformative, Market-Based Technology Solutions

I was blown away by this article in yesterday's New York Times: Science African Huts Far From the Grid Glow With Renewable Power By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL Published: December 24, 2010 As small-scale renewable energy becomes cheaper and more reliable, it is providing the first drops of modern power to people...

“Almost Maine” is a Worldwide Hit

The New York Times ran an article today about a play written by a Presque Isle native, John Cariani,  that has "gone viral."  I haven't seen "Almost Maine" but I'm always excited to see the Maine brand spread across the country and around the world. THEATER New York...

SOPOSUP and Santa SUP on Saturday, December 18

I just wanted to give a shout out to my dear friend, Raf Adams, who is launching a stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) business called SOPOSUP that will have a retail location at 382 Cottage Road in South Portland.  The official store grand opening is April 1 although...