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Joshua Hayward

Unemployment – What does it mean for Mainers for 2011?

By Joshua Hayward on March 16, 2011, at 8:40 a.m.
Let’s explore unemployment in Maine, which as of December was 7.3 percent or 50,800 people. That means the total number of nonfarm jobs eligible for calculation is 592,700. We have 1.3 million people in Maine, so that leaves a lot to consider when determining what this really tells us. Let’s …

March Madness risky for Maine businesses

By Jonathan Shapiro on March 14, 2011, at 2:32 p.m.
This year, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will capture the attention of millions of workers during office hours like no other sporting event. From the time the pairings of teams in the tournament were released this past “Selection Sunday” until the nets are cut down on the first Monday night …
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U.S. Postal Service delivers trust in National Consumer Protection Week

By Russ Van Arsdale, Executive Director, Northeast Contact on March 13, 2011, at 8:27 p.m.
Would you like to make it more difficult for cyber thieves to steal your identity? Want to avoid the disappointment of foreign lottery schemes? How about updating your financial savvy on money and debt management? The U.S. Postal Service has suggestions on the above and more. As part of National …

Twenty trends that will influence consumer behavior in Maine and beyond to 2020

By Ronald A. Nykiel on March 11, 2011, at 5:49 p.m.
The world is undergoing an extraordinary transformation. The macro forces leading the global marketplace toward 2020 will impact all continents, countries and states — including Maine. Corporations, government and education will need to adjust and prepare to respond to these forces. For no matter what our individual interest, these factors …
Joshua Hayward

Reliable math, anyone?

By Joshua Hayward on March 11, 2011, at 11:17 a.m.
Let’s all take a time-out on politics and focus on the financial future of our country. Like it or not we face historic financial challenges as a country. As a result we are debating what appear to be tremendously complex financial programs possessing the ability to dramatically impact millions of …

Chamber’s Business Expo emphasizes Midcoast business

By Shari Closter on March 08, 2011, at 10:21 p.m.
We will host our annual Business Expo 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at Samoset Resort in Rockport. The expo showcases many of our member businesses, letting people know that the midcoast is truly “open for business.” As a chamber of commerce, we’re very proud of the diversity of businesses that …

Chambers look at how best to work together

By Dan Bookham on March 08, 2011, at 11:30 a.m.
Upon taking the job of executive director of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce just over two years ago, I was tasked by the board with the job of making the Chamber one of the “go-to” entities in the region. Thanks to the hard work of the staff, board and the …

Consumer complaint website available

By Russ van Arsdale, Executive Director, Northeast Contact on Feb. 27, 2011, at 6:11 p.m.
There’s a new online database from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) designed to list consumer complaints and manufacturers’ responses. You may want to check it out . It could be gone before anyone gets to use it. A little background is needed to explain. Until now, CPSC has investigated …

State’s universities a breed apart

By James Shaffer, The Deans of Business on Feb. 25, 2011, at 9:22 p.m.
At the risk of stimulating cynical jokes … what do dogs and universities have in common? Like dogs, universities come in different breeds. While most Mainers understand that the state’s universities differ from each other, I don’t hear distinguishing labels applied to the different “breeds.” To facilitate our dialogue about …
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Data breach a reminder to watch credit, debit cards

By Russ Van Arsdale, Executive Director, Northeast Contact on Feb. 20, 2011, at 8:48 p.m.
The news last week of another data breach made everyone in Maine who uses credit or debit cards think twice. Surely the several thousand people who made purchases at Day’s Jewelers stores in Maine last November and December were concerned. They were assured that they had done nothing wrong, nor …
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Reduce availability of your personal information

By Russ van Arsdale, Executive Director, Northeast Contact on Feb. 13, 2011, at 8:58 p.m.
If you want to know what’s “out there” on the Internet about you, just Google your name, your child’s name or your phone number. You may be amazed at the amount of information that’s there for the taking. You may also be prompted to keep a little more of that …

Teens should think critically about Internet use

By Teri Caoette, MLTI integration mentor on Feb. 06, 2011, at 7:37 p.m.
Editor’s Note: This guest column was written at the request of Northeast CONTACT by Teri Caouette, a school librarian working with the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. MLTI is partnering with Common Sense Media to help schools develop a digital citizenship curriculum in Maine. Next week: an adult’s guide to safe …