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Friday October 31, 2014

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    On the Job - Thursday Oct 30, 2014 | 9:02 am

    Is $80,000 Too Much for a Maine Worker to Earn?

    In a debate last week among the Maine gubernatorial candidates, Governor Paul LePage stated that Mainers making $100,000 were “not that rich.” Following the debate, Democratic candidate Mike Michaud pounced on the Governor’s remark, emailing supporters about Governor LePage’s statement. News reports and columnists, including Bill Nemitz at the Portland Press Herald, also criticized the Governor. Nemitz pointed out that only 16.4% of Maine families make $100,000 or more, 6.3% […]

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    Heart at Work - Wednesday Oct 29, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Do you have an inner directive?

    “Do you have any thoughts about what you might want to do?” I asked Alice who had recently been laid off from her job of 12 years. Her former employer offered her career counseling (also called outplacement) with my company, Heart At Work Associates, to help her transition to new work. “I was hoping you’d give me some ideas about what I’m qualified to do”, she responded. Fair enough I […]

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  • The Startup Line - Monday Oct 27, 2014 | 2:05 pm

    Maine startup accelerator launches $10,000 annual prize

    The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development has for the past five years held an annual showcase event where entrepreneurs who have graduated from its Top Gun startup accelerator program pitch their business to a panel of experts and live audience. The entrepreneurs’ sole reward has been feedback from experts and validation from potential customers. Next year, however, one entrepreneur will walk away with a $10,000 prize to help grow their business. Top Gun cupcakes for graduates of Maine’s […]

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  • People on the Move - Monday Oct 27, 2014 | 8:00 am

    Attorneys across Maine recognized in their areas of practice.

    Three lawyers from Skelton Taintor & Abbott were named to the New England Super Lawyers 2014 list: Jill Checkoway for estate planning and probate. She was also named to The Best Lawyers in America 2015. Stephen Wade was recognized for personal injury plaintiff: general; Rebecca Webber for employment and labor; and Marc Frenette for insurance coverage. He is also a Rising Stars honoree. Maurice “Cito” Selinger, an attorney with Curtis Thaxter LLC,  […]

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    The Startup Line - Thursday Oct 23, 2014 | 6:07 pm

    PopTech Day 1: ‘Work is love made visible’

    The diversity of the crowd at this year’s PopTech was clear to me as soon as I got inside the Camden Opera House, took off my dripping rain jacket, grabbed a cup of coffee and saddled up to a table where I met Makram. Makram is an imam of a Muslim congregation in Minneapolis and is attending his first PopTech because he’s passionate about social entrepreneurship and making positive changes in his congregation […]

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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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