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Maine SBDC & Maine DECD Announce New Micro-Enterprise Grant Program

August 14, 2020

The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) in partnership with the Maine Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) will provide grants of up to $5,000 for businesses with five or fewer employees, with an owner whose income is in the low to moderate range as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Employees Donate More Than $10,000 Collected During Q2 to Northern New England Non-Profits

August 7, 2020

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Employees Donate More Than $10,000 Collected During Q2 to Northern New England Non-Profits

Bar Harbor, Maine – Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees are donating more than $10,000 collected in Q2 from its employee-driven charitable giving program, Casual for a Cause, to 14 non-profits serving Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The non-profits receiving donations were selected by and voted on by the employees.

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Curtis Memorial Library Re-Opening to Patrons August 7/8

July 24, 2020

Curtis Library to Reopen the Building to Patrons

Beginning Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8

Curbside Service to Continue Monday through Saturday

BRUNSWICK, Maine – For the month of August, Curtis Memorial Library looks forward to welcoming patrons back inside for the first time since March, when the building closed due to Maine CDC directives as part of the COVID-19 shutdown.

The library building will be open for limited browsing and computer use on Fridays in August from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm beginning August 7, and Saturdays in August from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm beginning August 8.  Opening additional hours and days will be considered in September.

 

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Topsham Public Library Receives Grant to Build Small Business Resources

July 24, 2020

Topsham Public Library announced today that they have received funding from the American Library Association (ALA) to build capacity and expand their programming to small businesses and entrepreneurs from low-income and underrepresented groups. Topsham Public Library (TPL) is one of 13 public libraries around the country to receive this funding from Libraries Build Business, an initiative of the American Library Association funded by Google.org. Google.org has invested $2 million in the initiative. This grant - made as part of the tech company’s Grow with Google initiative to create opportunity to all - will also create learning resources for any library to support entrepreneurs in its community.
 

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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Announces New President and CEO

July 1, 2020

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Announces New President and CEO

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ Board of Directors is pleased to announce that, as of July 6, Gretchen Ostherr will become the Gardens’ next President and CEO. “Gretchen brings a strong record of vision and commitment to mission,” says Judy Parkhill, head of the search committee, “a passion for the outdoor environment, demonstrated leadership, and superb communication skills. It was a unanimous decision.”

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SMMC Releases Social Distancing Survey Results

June 25, 2020

Social distancing and the choice of wearing a mask in public has become a hotly debated and
divisive topic recently.  As the State of Maine looks to re-open our economy, one key aspect not
being addressed is consumer confidence.  Through reading social media posts, conversations with friends and discussions with colleagues, the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber discovered this was an issue for the Maine consumer.  If we want to return to any sense of normalcy we need to address concerns the consumers may have so they can feel confident to patronize Maine
businesses.  Anecdotally, we knew there was uneasiness from some consumers, but we had no way to gauge how much uneasiness there was, and if it was wide spread or regional.   

On the afternoon of June 4, 2020 we released a 20-question online survey created through Survey Planet, to gather consumer attitudes on social distancing in Maine businesses.  Partner agencies statewide also sent the survey out to their contact lists.  Our hope was to get 500 responses in a week to make it a statistically significant survey.  When the survey closed June 12, we had 2,939 responses.

 

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Amtrak Downeaster Resumes Limited Service June 15; Enters Phase 1 Service Restoration Plan

June 12, 2020

Amtrak Downeaster Resumes Limited Service June 15
Enters Phase 1 Service Restoration Plan


PORTLAND, MAINE – The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) announced yesterday that the Amtrak Downeaster will begin Phase 1 of Service Restoration beginning June 15, 2020. Service will resume with one round trip on weekdays only between Brunswick, ME and Boston, MA: southbound Train 680 and northbound Train 685. Downeaster service has been suspended since April 13, 2020.


A number of protocols and procedures have been implemented to protect the health and safety of passengers and crews.

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Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Makes Donation to MaineStream Finance to Support Entrepreneurial Classes for Small Business Owners

June 12, 2020

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Makes Donation to MaineStream Finance to Support Entrepreneurial Classes for Small Business Owners

Bar Harbor, Maine – Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has made a donation to MaineStream Finance to help the nonprofit organization expand their entrepreneurial classes for small business owners. The gift will also be used for microbusiness technical assistance and succession planning in support of successful entrepreneurial growth in Central and Downeast Maine.

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Wayfair Hiring 18 Full Time Customer Service Consultants in Brunswick

June 5, 2020

Our Wayfair Brunswick facility has an immediate need for 18 full time Customer Service Consultants at our customer contact center to start in June and July…. In order to protect our employees and keep them safe and healthy, employees will start with Wayfair in a work-from-home capacity, eventually transitioning to our physical sites when we reopen…

  • Starting Wage: $16/hour, plus opportunity to earn up to $18/hour with additional training in the first year, bonuses and overtime opportunities
  • Medical, Dental and Vision insurance programs. We have multiple medical plans to choose from and Wayfair covers ~65% of premiums for medical insurance, and 100% of vision and dental insurances.
  • 401k with matching
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Coverage
  • Wellness & Employee Assistance Programs
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Maine Maritime Museum Opens June 2 with New Audio Tour and Safety Guidelines

June 5, 2020

Maine Maritime Museum is excited to announce that we will be reopening to the public on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Museum staff have been preparing the 20-acre campus in accordance with all guidelines from the state of Maine and developing fun new ways for guests to experience Maine’s maritime culture.

“We know people have been missing the museum, and we have been missing you too! We are grateful for the support we’ve received from friends near and far, and we’re so excited to open our doors and welcome everyone back. We are fortunate to have acres of outdoor space for our visitors to explore, and with 2020 being Maine’s bicentennial, it’s the perfect time to come discover our state’s maritime history,” said Katie Spiridakis, marketing and communications manager.

 

To accommodate physical distancing guidelines

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