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PINE TREE ECONOMICS (blog)

How are businesses responding to the ACA?

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 4:57 p.m.
THE impact of the ACA on the nation’s weak economic recovery continues to draw analysis and discussion.  One argument opponents of the ACA often make is that it is driving workers to cut hours and shift workers to part-time status.  To bolster this argument they often cite elevated levels in part-time …
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Federal Contracting: Follow the Money and You’ll Find the Opportunities

By Eastern Maine Development Corporation on Aug. 18, 2014, at 3:52 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Brunswick Landing , 8 Venture Avenue, Brunswick, Maine For more information: 207-974-3223; emdc.org/events Presented by: Maine PTAC and General Services Administration Join Jerry D. Smith, Sr., GSA’s Director of the Regional Office of Small Business Utilization to learn about contracting …
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Subcontracting Strategies for Small Businesses

By Eastern Maine Development Corporation on Aug. 18, 2014, at 3:33 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments , 125 Manley Road, Auburn, Maine For more information: 207-974-3223; emdc.org/events Subcontracting Strategies for Small Businesses Are you a small business owner that already sells your products and services to the government? Join Maine PTAC …
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Maine PTAC presents: “The FAR Series: Session 1″

By Eastern Maine Development Corporation on Aug. 18, 2014, at 3:26 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Location: Maine Department of Economic and Community Development , 111 Sewall Street, Augusta, Maine For more information: 207-974-3223; emdc.org/events Maine PTAC presents: “The FAR Series: Session 1″ Join us for this first of four sessions where we will provide an overview …
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Sucontracting Strategies for Small Businesses

By Eastern Maine Development Corporation on Aug. 18, 2014, at 3:12 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Location: Sunrise County Economic Council, 53 Prescott Drive, Suite 3, Machias, Maine For more information: (207) 521-5840; emdc.org/events Are you a small business owner that already sells your products and services to the government? Join Maine PTAC for an in-depth workshop …
Roger Berle of Friends of Clapboard Island is an advocate for the Maine Coast Heritage Trust to purchase the acres that make up the island's northeast portion off Falmouth.

Conservation group completes deal to buy portion of Clapboard Island in Casco Bay

By Staff, The Forecaster on Aug. 18, 2014, at 2:24 p.m.
FALMOUTH | As expected last week, the Maine Coast Heritage Trust officially purchased the northeast half of Clapboard Island from Clapboard Island East LLC on Aug. 15. The 15 acres will be open as a public preserve. More than 175 individuals and several organizations supported the $1.4 million acquisition, …

Woman claims suffering 3rd-degree burns from heated seat

By Staff, CBS 13 on Aug. 18, 2014, at 2:12 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A former Maine woman who claims she got third-degree burns from a heated seat in her SUV is suing General Motors. In a lawsuit, Emma Verrill claims GM didn’t adequately test the rear seat heaters in her Chevrolet Suburban. She says the error put the seats at …
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From the F.A. Peabody Company's Sherman Office.  Maine's 2014 Outstanding CSR of the Year

Halkyard named Maine ‘Outstanding CSR of the Year’

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 18, 2014, at 1:45 p.m.
HOULTON, Maine — Chris Anderson, president of the F. A. Peabody Company, announced that employee Dawn Halkyard, ACSR, CIIP, has been named the state of Maine recipient for “Outstanding Customer Service Representative of the Year” by the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research. Each year, the National Alliance for …
Employees at Old Town Fuel and Fiber learned last week that they would be indefinitely furloughed due to foreign trade and high fuel costs.

Rapid response team heads to Old Town Fuel & Fiber for Tuesday session

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 18, 2014, at 1:06 p.m.
Furloughed Old Town Fuel & Fiber employees can learn about unemployment, continuing health care coverage and job retraining among other topics at meetings scheduled this week by the Maine Department of Labor. About 180 millworkers found out Wednesday the mill was closing. The company, owned by …
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Michael Levine of Acorn Productions stands in the massive third floor ballroom in Mechanics Hall on Congress Street in Portland on Friday. The Maine Charitable Mechanics Association, the non-profit organization that owns and operates Mechanics Hall, is partnering with Acorn Productions in completing renovations to the third floor ballroom space so the venue can be licensed for public performances.

Historic Portland ballroom could get new life with Naked Shakespeare productions

By Seth Koenig on Aug. 18, 2014, at 12:53 p.m.
An area theater group and one of the country’s oldest trade societies are teaming up to bring new life to a historic downtown Portland space. It’s been decades since the spacious third-story ballroom of the Maine Charitable Mechanics Association’s 1859 headquarters has been used for public events. …

Maine jobless rate stays flat in July as government work gets scarcer still

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 18, 2014, at 11:06 a.m.
PORTLAND | Maine’s unemployment rate remained at 5.5 percent in July, a period when the share of government jobs hit a 15-year low as private sector jobs remained flat. Maine’s unemployment rate held steady, while estimates of the national and regional jobless rate increased. The latest figures estimate 8,700 …
PINE TREECONOMICS (blog)

Maine unemployment rate holds steady at 5.5%

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 10:29 a.m.
THE BLS released the state employment data for July, revealing that Maine’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.5%, down 1.2% points from one year ago.  From the CWRI: Household Survey Estimates – The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.5 percent for July was unchanged from June and down from …
A woman walks by the Family Dollar store in Arvada, Colorado in this October 7, 2009 file photo.

Dollar General counters Dollar Tree bid for Family Dollar

By Reuters on Aug. 18, 2014, at 8:15 a.m.
Discount retailer Dollar General Corp offered to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc. for $8.95 billion, trumping an offer by Dollar Tree Inc. Dollar General’s offer of $78.50 per share in cash represents a premium of 3.2 percent to Family Dollar’s Friday close. Family Dollar had 113.9 million shares outstanding as …
 
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