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Friday January 30, 2015

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    Making Cents - Tuesday Jan 27, 2015 | 12:17 pm

    Can I just walk? Managing stress and expen$e when buying a car.

    Yep, I just bought a car.  Maybe it was all that talk about how much money I’m saving thanks to cheap oil.  Or maybe it was just time.  It was time.  I loved my old Subaru.  It was my third Subaru, and had a lot less miles than my last two.  But I have a toddler and didn’t feel great riding around wondering when the timing belt was going to […]

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    Heart at Work - Monday Jan 26, 2015 | 6:45 am

    Begin with the end in mind

     The beginning of the year is a great time for self assessment and the setting of new goals. Often these goals center around improving current jobs and careers or obtaining new jobs and new careers. Many clients come to us at this time of year struggling with these challenges. They’ve taken stock of where they are and have decided they want something different…a promotion within their current employer, a new […]

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  • The Startup Line - Friday Jan 23, 2015 | 5:00 am

    Venture capital in Maine falls in 2014, but more companies benefit

    There’s good news and bad news in the year-end data we have on venture capital investments made in Maine startups during 2014. On the one hand, the amount of VC invested in Maine startups fell roughly 32 percent, from $27.5 million in 2013 to $18.7 million in 2014. On the other, the number of companies who received VC increased from five in 2013 to 12 in 2014, the highest number […]

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    On the Job - Thursday Jan 22, 2015 | 4:22 pm

    Middle Class Economics: Obama Offers Workers a Helping Hand; Opponents Say Plan DOA

    In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama continued his recent efforts to help restore an endangered species in America. No, not the spotted owl; the working middle class. It’s no secret that blue collar workers have taken it on the chin since the dawn of the new millennium—indeed over the last 4 decades. According to a report last year from the Economic Policy Institute, executive pay […]

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    Heart at Work - Thursday Jan 22, 2015 | 9:20 am

    Dare to dream about your life.

    Do you dream about what you want in your life—new job, different career direction, supportive friends? If you’ve had dreams that did not materialize, did your disappointment or loss prevent you from daring to imagine other possibilities? Dreams are part of a complex mix of desires, feelings, beliefs and actions that can eventually result in a physical form. If you seldom experience dreams becoming real in your life, it might […]

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    People on the Move - Tuesday Jan 20, 2015 | 1:00 pm

    Maine Arts Commission hires new assistant director

    Linda Nelson, founding executive director of Opera House Arts in Stonington, was hired as assistant director of the Maine Arts Commission. Nelson previously served as a commission member from 2006 to 2010. She brings more than 25 years of experience working in nonprofit and media organizations. As assistant director, Nelson will be responsible for the agency’s day-to-day operations, including budgeting, strategic planning and human resources. She will assume her new […]

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    People on the Move - Monday Jan 19, 2015 | 5:00 pm

    Companies across southern Maine announce new hires

    The Elmina B. Sewall Foundation has hired Lauress Wilkins Lawrence as program officer. Lawrence, of Portland, brings extensive experience in community outreach, social justice, education, international service and grant making. For the past 20 years, she has served both as a faculty member and program director at Regis College near Boston.  There, she taught religious studies and philosophy, as well as courses in women’s studies, history and Spanish. She also […]

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    Making Cents - Sunday Jan 18, 2015 | 9:00 pm

    $48/barrel oil. What do you mean we shouldn’t be happy about that?

    “President Bush announced his plan to increase the number of barrels (of oil) produced. You hear his plan? He wants to make smaller barrels.” — Jay Leno, several years ago. $1.50.  What can $1.50 get you?  It can get you a Slim Jim, something off McDonald’s Dollar Menu, or a Hershey Bar.  It can’t get you a cup of coffee at most places in Portland.   But in some parts of […]

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    On the Job - Thursday Jan 15, 2015 | 11:02 am

    Iron Mountain Becomes a Pot of Gold

    Last month, Iron Mountain, an information storage company based in Boston, agreed to pay a staggering $44.5 million to settle claims that it fraudulently over-billed the federal government for record storage. The courageous plaintiffs in the whistleblower case, Patrick McKillop and Brent Stanley, will personally share in $8 million of the settlement. The settlement resolves allegations that Iron Mountain defrauded the government by entering into government contracts for record storage […]

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