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Friday November 21, 2014

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    The Startup Line - Wednesday Nov 19, 2014 | 3:47 pm

    Maine company named one of world’s hottest startups

    – In a dystopian future, everyone works for the Company and is siloed into a job based on an aptitude test. Your job is to build websites for the Company. Working for the Company has its benefits, and you could rise in the ranks if you perform well. But there’s also a rogue element that wants to topple the Company and is recruiting people on the inside to help by embedding malicious code in […]

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    Making Cents - Tuesday Nov 18, 2014 | 8:50 pm

    When Black Friday leads to a Red January

    It’s coming. It’s just over a week away. It always happens right around Thanksgiving. No, I’m not talking about the 12th Annual Beatles Night at the State Theater. That would be listed under “The most awesome thing in Portland!” I’m talking about Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the biggest shopping day of the year. Although there is some debate about the original meaning of the phrase, there is no […]

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    On the Job - Tuesday Nov 18, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    Student Loan Debt Hurts Maine Workers

    The Project on Student Debt reported this week that Maine, unfortunately, was true to our state motto “Dirigo;” Maine college grads are in the top 10 for the largest average student debt. The report has reminded me of how very fortunate I was to graduate from college debt-free in 1978. I was lucky again when, three years later, I graduated from law school with modest debt. I was able to […]

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    Heart at Work - Tuesday Nov 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

    Say yes to outplacement and here’s why…

    A recent study found that roughly 20% of Americans have been laid off from their jobs during the past five years. So, the chances are high that you or someone you know has been affected by this increasing trend in the marketplace. When you get the word that you no longer have a job, you’re understandably shaken and in shock, so you’re not necessarily taking in all of the information […]

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    People on the Move - Monday Nov 17, 2014 | 2:00 pm

    Portland law firm hires two, law firms announce award winners

    Caroline Jova and Kaitlyn Wright joined the Portland law firm Murray Plumb & Murray. Jova joined the firm’s litigation and trial practice group. She previously represented low-income parties in family matters as the Frank M. Coffin Family Law Fellow. She lives in Portland. Wright joined as a trial lawyer with a focus on special education. She served as a legal intern at Advocates for Children in New York City and […]

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    People on the Move - Friday Nov 14, 2014 | 8:00 am

    Mainers on the move

    NEW HIRES Melissa Bowker-Kinley, MD, was named medical director of Health Affiliates Maine. Dr. Bowker-Kinley, of Falmouth, brings extensive professional experience, which includes inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry, assessment and diagnosis, psychopharmacologic treatment and psychotherapy.  She is trained in dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, short-term solution-focused therapy, and treatment of adolescent eating disorders. Joe Delano joined NBT Bank as vice president and senior commercial banking relationship manager. Delano, of […]

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    People on the Move - Thursday Nov 13, 2014 | 3:00 pm

    Sweetser names first woman president and CEO, hires VP of finance

    Debra Taylor was named president and chief executive officer at Sweetser. Ginny Gentile joins as vice president of finance. Taylor was named president and chief executive officer. She replaces Carl Pendleton, who is retiring after 36 years with the organization. She is only the fifth person to hold the position at Sweetser and the first woman. Taylor, of Wells, has been an integral part of Sweetser for the past 14 […]

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    On the Job - Thursday Nov 13, 2014 | 11:06 am

    Right to Work for Less Law Threatens Maine Workers

    In my post last week, I optimistically discussed the fact that against a sea of red on Election Day, five states—Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, and South Dakota—had enacted legislation increasing the minimum wage, and another, Massachusetts, had become the third state in the Union to provide for paid sick leave. With 20/20 hindsight, I now see that I was looking for a silver lining in an otherwise dark cloud. Maybe […]

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    Making Cents - Tuesday Nov 11, 2014 | 9:44 pm

    November is for voting and veterans, but can we squeeze in some economics?

    I wonder if Veteran’s Day and Election Day are just a week apart on purpose. Voting on election day has to be one of the best ways to honor our veterans, showing them we value one of the ideals they sacrificed so much to protect. Maine certainly did it’s part as we led the nation with a near 60% turnout. In a vacuum I’d say 60% is still way too […]

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