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Wednesday September 3, 2014

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    Making Cents - Monday Sep 01, 2014 | 2:26 pm

    Put some work into your budget this Labor Day

    Labor Day is here and along with it comes the onslaught from our consumer society. Sales! Deals! Bigger Deals! HUGE DEALS! SAVINGS! Yuck. This seems like a good time to hold onto your wallet. That’s part of a phrase I tell my students every year. I tell them that the more enthusiastic the sales pitch, or when someone offers something for free, simply hold on to your wallet, look the […]

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    On the Job - Thursday Aug 28, 2014 | 3:59 pm

    Workers with Disabilities Innocent Losers in Market Basket Feud

    I swore I wasn’t going to write a blog piece about it. Now I am breaking that vow. I’m talking about the Market Basket dispute. After all, it has been covered extensively in the media, so what can I say that hasn’t already been widely discussed in the case? Besides, there is only one Market Basket in Maine, and I try to write about things that impact workers in Maine […]

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    The Startup Line - Thursday Aug 28, 2014 | 5:00 am

    Fact checking LePage on R&D, MTI and innovation

    Gov. Paul LePage appeared out of his comfort zone a few times during a presentation he made Tuesday night at the Casco Bay Tech Hub in Portland. While he took the opportunity to cover many of his routine campaign talking points, he also ventured into less familiar territory, such as high-tech industries and crowdfunding, and made some comments about Maine’s technology landscape that left some people scratching their heads and […]

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    Commercial Confidential - Wednesday Aug 27, 2014 | 2:23 pm

    Northern Maine is losing population – here are some reasons why

    Yesterday we posted an interactive map of Maine’s recent population changes, from 2010 to 2013, based on estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. This was one of those data sets with clear patterns that really leap out at you: the towns of northern and central Maine are bleeding population, while towns in Cumberland and York Counties – especially the suburbs of Portland (and, to a lesser extent, […]

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    Heart at Work - Wednesday Aug 27, 2014 | 8:50 am

    Developing Your Professional Brand: Strategy & Execution

    Your professional brand “is about figuring out who you really are and what you do best, and then living that brand out. It’s the essence of authenticity.” ~ Dorie Clark Over the past few weeks, I’ve written about the cornerstones of your professional brand. So far I’ve addressed Purpose, Clarity and Focus. Today, I’ll address the final cornerstone: Strategy. You will recall that Purpose is about your why – the cause or belief that inspires you to do what you do. Clarity […]

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    The Startup Line - Tuesday Aug 26, 2014 | 5:29 pm

    WordPress parent company acquires Maine’s BruteProtect

    Automattic, owner of the popular WordPress website platform, has acquired a Bath-based web development startup that’s been around less than two years. It was in April 2013 that Sam Hotchkiss, a web developer who lives in Brunswick, locked himself in his basement with an idea for a security plug-in for the WordPress platform, which is used by millions of website owners around the world (including this one). After 18 hours of coding, he emerged with a plug-in […]

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    On the Job - Tuesday Aug 26, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    As if The Glass On The Ceiling Wasn’t Thick Enough: The Motherhood Penalty At Work

    Discrimination isn’t always mean-spirited. Sometimes it’s done with the best of intentions. Take the hypothetical mother of two (we’ll call her Eliza) who is working at an hourly, “front line” position, maybe a customer service rep. Her supervisor is promoted, vacating the next rung on the corporate ladder. Eliza is ready. She has the best performance evaluations in her department. She has already taken on informal supervisory responsibilities, and she […]

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    People on the Move - Monday Aug 25, 2014 | 8:00 am

    Portland Buy Local announces new officers

    Portland Buy Local recently announced a new slate of officers to its board of directors. Tony Cox, co-owner of Casco Bay Frames and Gallery, was named president of Portland Buy Local. Cox serves as chairman and co-founder of Bowdoinham Community Development Initiative. He is also a member of the steering committee for Portland Museum of Art Contemporaries. He previously served as director of community and economic development for the town […]

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    Making Cents - Sunday Aug 24, 2014 | 6:45 pm

    Your credit score may have just gone up – and that’s not necessarily a good thing.

    Most of our recent, collective financial attention has been focused on the stock market, with the housing and job markets, and the economy as a whole coming in second place and beyond, respectively. Lost among the personal finance news of the summer was the recent change to the FICO credit score scoring system. The change in the system probably won’t mean very much to most Americans in the long run, […]

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