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Friday October 24, 2014

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    On the Job - Thursday Oct 23, 2014 | 11:51 am

    “They’re Closing All the Factories Down”

    I’m leaving tomorrow to attend Parent’s Weekend at my daughter’s college in Allentown, Pennsylvania. This is the fourth or fifth time I’ve gone there, and every time I go, the old Billy Joel tune “Allentown” starts running through my head. I never was much of a Billy Joel fan, but I can’t escape the lines “Well we’re living here in Allentown / And they’re closing all the factories down.” Not […]

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  • On the Job - Wednesday Oct 22, 2014 | 8:39 am

    Bates College Leading the Way in Disability Employment

    Last Friday, I attended the Disability Rights Center’s annual dinner in Freeport, where Bates College was presented with the DRC’s 2014 Business Award for actively recruiting individuals with disabilities to the workforce. Bates, which employs more than 750 Maine people, worked with the Maine Department of Labor to develop a systemic approach to actively recruit people with disabilities into its workforce. We need more employers like Bates. October is National […]

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  • People on the Move - Tuesday Oct 21, 2014 | 1:00 pm

    Vreeland Named Marketing Agency for SMCC

    Vreeland Marketing & Design was named the new marketing partner for Southern Maine Community College. The agency will provide strategic, creative and account services for SMCC, which has campuses in South Portland and Brunswick. Vreeland plans to launch a new campaign in 2015 with an eye to fall enrollment. The campaign, “Start smart, finish strong,” includes television and digital marketing initiatives that will highlight little-known facts about SMCC.

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    People on the Move - Tuesday Oct 21, 2014 | 8:00 am

    Norton Financial Services, Baker Newman Noyes announce new hires

    Norton Financial Services expands its staff. Dustin Fier has joined Norton Financial Services as a retirement plan education specialist. Fier, of Old Orchard Beach, most recently worked as a financial adviser at USAA for four years in Colorado Springs, Co. Prior to that, he was a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual, based in Hudson, Wis. Ben Russell has joined the company as a securities clerk. Russell, of North Yarmouth, attended […]

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  • People on the Move - Monday Oct 20, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Meteorologist Sarah Long joins WMTW Maine’s Total Weather Team

    Meteorologist Sarah Long is returning to television to join WMTW’s Maine’s Total Weather team. Long will begin in November as a weekend meterologist, joining the weather team of Roger Griswold, Matt Zidle and Mallory Brooke. “I am very excited to get an opportunity to show my passion for weather again in giving viewers an accurate weekend forecast in New England on WMTW,” Long said in a press release. “It is […]

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    Heart at Work - Monday Oct 20, 2014 | 7:00 am

    My dear niece, why your resume won’t work…

    This is a bit of a departure from many of my posts… During the past week, I received a couple of requests to review resumes from people who had not had to develop one for some time. The first, from a seasoned professional who was a sole practitioner in their own business, needed a resume to post with a service that would refer new clients. The second was from my […]

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    Making Cents - Sunday Oct 19, 2014 | 7:52 pm

    From quotes to books – pay yourself with some personal finance research

    As promised, a look at some books that I keep on my shelf.  Most are directly related to personal finance.  Some lean more toward pure economics, with maybe even a little politics and sociology thrown in.  No matter the specific subject, I recommend them all. Don’t look for the “classics” on my list. I’ve tried to pick titles that are not going to pop up from a Googly search. My […]

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    On the Job - Thursday Oct 16, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    “Help Me Obama!” Wage Raise Postponed for America’s Neediest

    Quick. What’s the fastest growing occupation in America? IT programmer? Nope. Hospitality worker? Nope. Ready to cry uncle? Ok, I’ll give you a clue. These folks work with aging baby boomers and the chronically ill. If you said health care professional, you’re getting hot. Actually, it’s home health care aide. Now guess who are among the lowest paid workers in America? Did I hear you say home health workers? You […]

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    The Startup Line - Thursday Oct 16, 2014 | 11:28 am

    Google: Brunswick has Maine’s strongest digital economy

    Brunswick, by virtue of its tech-savvy small business owners, has Maine’s strongest digital economy, according to Google Inc. Each year, Google partners with independent research firm, Ipsos, to evaluate the online strength of local small businesses across all fifty states. After weighing various factors, such as the likelihood of small businesses having a mobile-friendly website, maintaining an e-commerce platform, publishing a blog, and connecting with customers on social networks, the Internet giant recognizes […]

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