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Friday March 27, 2015

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    On the Job - Thursday Mar 26, 2015 | 4:15 pm

    One Big Step Forward For Pregnant Women

    In a much anticipated ruling, yesterday the Supreme Court weighed in on whether a UPS driver, Peggy Young, had been discriminated against based on pregnancy. Instead of providing Peggy with light-duty work, as it had done for many other workers, UPS instead forced her to take unpaid leave. This case has gotten a lot of press, partly because it is important legally, and partly because what happened to Peggy seems […]

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    The Startup Line - Thursday Mar 26, 2015 | 1:16 pm

    Portland co-working space shutting its doors

    – One of Portland’s co-working spaces is closing, leaving 10 tenants to find new digs. The Casco Bay Tech Hub’s co-working space at 30 Danforth St., known as the Business Innovation Center (BIC), will close May 1, according to an email tenants received Wednesday. Kai Smith, co-founder of Buoy Local, a startup that offers buy-local gift cards, said he had no prior warning and was surprised to receive the news. He and […]

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    On the Job - Monday Mar 23, 2015 | 10:14 am

    We’re Living In A Post-Racial World?

    Back in the 80’s, the English music group the Police had a hit song “We Are Spirits in the Material World.” Not one of my favorite songs, but looking back at the lyrics, they did indeed capture what it was looking from the outside in of that material decade. Madonna (another one of my non-faves) was the “material girl,” and Tom Wolfe wrote about the golden crumbs bond traders made […]

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    Heart at Work - Monday Mar 23, 2015 | 6:15 am

    Networking Made Easy

    When  people are asked about the hardest part of the job search process, most say, without hesitation, “networking.” We know that we need to connect with others in the job search. We’ve heard that “people hire people they know, or people they know know — referrals.” Yet we break out in a sweat when we think of reaching out to people we don’t know and ask them for help. Networking just seems such […]

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    People on the Move - Thursday Mar 19, 2015 | 6:00 pm

    Hyperlite Mountain Gear hires Lizzy Scully as marketing manager

    Hyperlite Mountain Gear, a Biddeford-based company that manufactures and sells high-end, durable outdoor products, recently hired one of their athlete ambassadors Lizzy Scully as marketing manager. Scully comes to Maine from the Front Range of Colorado, where she ran a social media marketing business for the past four years. She is a long-time communications expert, who has worked with dozens of outdoor industry companies doing public relations, social media and […]

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    Heart at Work - Tuesday Mar 17, 2015 | 9:15 am

    Do you think it’s too late to…?

    Have you imagined things you would like to do in your life and then talk yourself out of them because you think it’s too late or you’re too old? Perhaps you might want to reconsider. It’s common for people to dismiss satisfying ideas and interesting options because of inaccurate or unfounded assumptions. When my clients express resignation or regret about something they think they cannot do because of their age, […]

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    The Startup Line - Friday Mar 13, 2015 | 9:27 am

    Greenwood’s earmuffs: A true Maine innovation

      I write about innovators in Maine all the time. However, they’re almost always of the 21st Century variety. So it was nice to see a reminder this morning from my colleague Shannon Bryan over at mainetoday.com that we Mainers have a long succession of innovators to celebrate. In this case, Shannon reminds us that March 13 marks the 138th anniversary of the day in 1877 when Chester Greenwood, a Farmington native, was […]

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    On the Job - Wednesday Mar 11, 2015 | 11:04 am

    Doing Good By Dining Well

    It’s Restaurant Week in Maine. Actually, Restaurant Week this year is twice as long, March 1-14th, because apparently Maine Restaurant Week “is so epic it’s two weeks this year.” Dozens of restaurants across the state are participating from Kennebunk to Auburn to Orono, and as part of the festivities they are offering special three-course menus for set prices starting at $15. So with all these options, how to choose? Of […]

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    The Startup Line - Tuesday Mar 10, 2015 | 12:50 pm

    Portland startup wants to change the way we watch television

    – If you think about it, television can be kind of boring. You turn on the TV and watch something from beginning to end. There’s no ability to interact with the movie or gameshow you’re viewing. In the age of Internet-connected devices, that will soon change, predicts Jason Cianchette, a serial entrepreneur in Portland who previously founded and then sold Liquid Wireless in 2008 to Publishers Clearing House for an […]

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