Couldn’t Agree More

Chuck Lawton gets to the heart of the matter re: Maine job creation: http://www.pressherald.com/business/another-maine-distinction-loss-of-employers_2011-05-29.html...

Bad News, Good News for the Maine Economy

Opposite ends of the spectrum re: economic development in the Press Herald today: First, the bad news -- I had been hopeful that Phil Congdon would be an effective DECD Commissioner based on some early comments that he made.  It didn't take long to crush that...

Opus-Style Thinking from a Maine Government Official

The Press Herald ran an op-ed earlier this week by Judge Dana Hanley of the Probate Court who also spent ten years in the Maine House and Senate. Judge Hanley dishes out some Opus-style wisdom supported by a case study. Three cheers for...

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...