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...

Drive for Energy Independence Creates Rare Earth Dependence

The New York Times ran an interesting article today which you can find here: Business Day U.S. Called Vulnerable to Rare Earth Shortages By KEITH BRADSHER Published: December 15, 2010 A report from the Energy Department says that it could take 15 years to break American dependence on Chinese supplies...

Maine’s not on the Business Map

Jacques and I headed down to Boston yesterday to attend the Annual Venture Capital Gathering and Holiday Party at the Boston Harbor Hotel, co-sponsored by my former colleagues at Goodwin Procter along with PwC and Globespan Capital Partners.  Before the party we caught up with...

Hannukah Party

I attended a wonderful Hannukah Party last night.  Besides the delicious latkes and matzo ball soup, I was particularly heartened by two pieces of information that I gleaned through the many delightful conversations I had throughout the evening.  First, I had the pleasure of meeting Beth...

MTI Mixer

Last Wednesday night, Ethan, Jacques and I had the distinct pleasure of attending the Maine Technology Institute's (MTI) 10th Annual Mixer.  In an earlier blog post we recounted a trip that Ethan and Jacques made to visit with the good folks at MTI.  That post...

Cranberry Island Kitchen Whoopie Pie Throwdown with Bobby Flay

We are thrilled that Opus clients, Carol Ford and Karen Haase of Cranberry Island Kitchen, will be "throwing down" with Bobby Flay to see who makes the best whoopie pie. The Throwdown will air next Wednesday, December 8 at 9pm ET/PT on the Food Network....