Special Sections

The following are BDN advertising supplements written by our advertising staff.

Outlook: Business & Economic Development

An entrepreneur’s guide to starting a business

By Debra Bell, Special to the BDN on March 13, 2014, at 1:45 p.m.
Entrepreneurs work hard, very hard. And that’s just to get a business started. For the Mainer wanting to turn a great idea into a business, following these steps will make the process easier. Develop a business plan A business plan is a tool to organize your thinking, develop your identity, …
Outlook: Business & Economic Development
Oxford Networks Data Center in Brunswick

High-tech data center brings the future to Maine

on March 13, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
Are you worried about the security of your business IT infrastructure? Is your IT staff pulled in too many directions? If so, you just might be a prime candidate for the 52,000-square-foot Oxford Networks Data Center. The Oxford Networks Data Center is a high security cloud computing environment that provides …
Outlook: Business & Economic Development
 Representing three generations of the Cross family at the Cross Insurance office in Bangor are (from left) Jonathan Cross, Royce Cross, Brent Cross, Woodrow Cross, and Woodrow Cross II.

Successful insurance agency expands across New England

By Brian Swartz, BDN Maine Special Sections on March 13, 2014, at 1:33 p.m.
BANGOR — When Woodrow Cross launched his family-owned insurance agency 60 years ago, Ted Williams was hitting .345 for the Boston Red Sox. Cross could not imagine that one day the Cross Insurance Agency would insure the Red Sox — or the Boston (and future New England) Patriots, a professional …
Outlook: Business & Economic Development
James Donnelly is the Machias Savings Bank executive president.

Business bankers work with every sector of Maine economy

By Brian Swartz, BDN Maine Special Sections on March 13, 2014, at 1:23 p.m.
More Maine business owners than ever are relying on Machias Savings Bank to provide the banking services they need. “Our focus is the state of Maine,” said Executive Vice President James Donnelly. “We are invested in the business community in Maine and are committed to helping our customers be successful.” …
Outlook: Business & Economic Development

Economy could receive $2.02 billion shot in the arm

By Brian Swartz, BDN Maine Special Sections on March 13, 2014, at 1:03 p.m.
AUGUSTA — If all funding sources coalesce during the next three years, the Maine economy will experience a $2.02 billion shot in the arm through late 2016. In the MaineDOT Work Plan released last January, Maine Department of Transportation Commission David Bernhardt unveiled an ambitious schedule of 1,600-plus projects to …
Funeral & Estate Planning

Estate planning necessitates certain legal documents

By AARP.org on March 05, 2014, at 10:02 a.m.
People don’t want to think that an accident or illness would prevent them from saying what they want — or don’t want — when it comes to their future medical care. We tell ourselves: I have plenty of time to take care of those things later … if I get …
Funeral & Estate Planning
Stephen Burrill has been the superintendent at Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor since 1992. He is the third generation of his family to serve in this position; his father, Harold S. Burrill Jr., was the superintendent from 1969-1992, and his grandfather, Harold S. Burrill Sr., was superintendent at Mount Hope Cemetery from circa 1930 to 1946.

A place called Mount Hope

By Brian Swartz, BDN Maine Special Sections on March 05, 2014, at 10:01 a.m.
BANGOR — Tucked into the Queen City’s east corner, Mount Hope Cemetery provides a quiet oasis for the living — and the dead, naturally — about 2 miles from the traffic-humming Bangor Mall. The cemetery has sheltered Bangor’s famous and obscure residents since the 1830s — and visitors mistakenly believe …
Funeral & Estate Planning
Tracy J. Roberts is an attorney with Rudman Winchell.

Buyer beware of national online legal document services

By Tracy J. Roberts on March 05, 2014, at 9:56 a.m.
As a working mother, I completely understand how busy life can get. You realize that you need an estate plan to manage your affairs if something happens to you, but finding the time to actually think about and develop a plan gets lost in the whirlwind of a day. Of …
Funeral & Estate Planning
For many Mainers, a beloved pet becomes an important part of the family; for people living alone, a cat or dog represents interaction with another living creature and helps fill the avoid when no one else is around.

Loss of a pet can profoundly affect its owners

By Debra Bell, Special to BDN Maine on March 05, 2014, at 9:53 a.m.
The loss of a pet can be traumatic. The Humane Society of the United States reports that pet ownership has tripled from the 1970s and that approximately 62 percent of American households have at least one pet. So it’s natural to think that the loss of a pet can affect …
Funeral & Estate Planning

Consider the various investment alternatives

By Brandpoint on March 05, 2014, at 9:50 a.m.
Many investors are taking more control of their financial future by investing in alternatives to the stock market, including real estate, land, promissory notes, oil and gas. Sue Jensen of New York grew frustrated after watching her life savings take a hit year after year in the stock market. A …
Funeral & Estate Planning
Nathaniel S. Putnam, Esq. is an attorney with Eaton Peabody.

Estate Planning 101 for the family camp

By Nathaniel S. Putnam, Esq. on March 05, 2014, at 9:44 a.m.
Many families have the good fortune of owning a vacation property or “camp” near one of Maine’s countless lakes, rivers, or other scenic destinations. A camp has often been in the same family for multiple generations and serves as the connection that solidifies relationships between siblings, cousins, and more distant …
Funeral & Estate Planning
This example of laser etching on black granite portrays a classic image of Portland Head Lighthouse. For full customization of a memorial, words, illustrations, and photos can be into the stone.

Personalized memorials recall those who have passed

By David M. Fitzpatrick, BDN Maine Special Sections on March 05, 2014, at 9:41 a.m.
When you talk about granite monuments, the word “trendy” isn’t quite right. It isn’t like headstones have yearly models like the latest sports cars or smartphones, after all. But what people are doing to personalize those monuments is what makes them so special. Not too many years ago, choices were …
Funeral & Estate Planning
This particular keepsake melds a lasting memory of a loved one — a thumbprint — and a heart-shaped pendant. Known as a Thumbie, this keepsake has been laser etched with a decedent’s thumbprint.

Remembering loved ones through personalized services

By David M. Fitzpatrick, BDN Maine Special Sections on March 05, 2014, at 9:37 a.m.
Of all the trends in the funeral industry, in recent years there has been a major shift in how the services are done. Today, they are becoming more and more personalized, with loved ones taking active roles in making those services celebrations of life. “They are selecting a form of …
Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce

Fusion: Bangor: Strengthening the power of community through young professionals

By Annie Collins on Jan. 24, 2014, at 3:59 p.m.
The mission of FUSION:Bangor is straightforward: to connect young residents in the Bangor region to each other and the community. The importance of FUSION’s efforts is undeniable. A population of connected, motivated and civically engaged young professionals — the future leaders of the Bangor region — driving our community forward, …
Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce

Membership Committee: More membership growth for 2014

By Betsy Vickery on Jan. 24, 2014, at 3:54 p.m.
Membership in 2013 saw a coming together of our existing members, being more involved in our community, and the addition of 97 new members to the fold. Unfortunately, with the economic climate the way it is, we did see a significant number of businesses close or shave down their budgets …
The Bangor Region Chamber mourned the unexpected loss of its chair, M. Jane Irving, in August. A vice president at Bangor Savings, Jane was a committed leader for the Chamber and the community. Among her accomplishments was securing a lease for a new, permanent headquarters for the Chamber. All the Chamber family extends its condolences to Jane’s family, friends and coworkers.

A committed leader

on Jan. 24, 2014, at 3:52 p.m.
Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce
State Se. Edward M. Youngblood of Brewer has been named the recipient of the 2014 Catherine Lebowitz Award for Public Service.

State Senator honored for work accomplished in Legislature

By Brian Swartz, Special Sections Editor on Jan. 24, 2014, at 3:44 p.m.
The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce will present the 2013 Catherine Lebowitz Award for Public Service to Edward M. Youngblood, well known for his 30 years at Bangor Savings Bank (from which he retired as a senior vice president) and his term as the Chamber’s president. Youngblood will be honored …
Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Steve Pound has been named the 2014 recipient of the Arthur A. Comstock Professional Service Award.

Professional service spans local, regional, and state levels

By Ardeana Hamlin on Jan. 24, 2014, at 3:41 p.m.
The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce has selected Dr. Steve Pound who grew up in Millinocket and now resides in Greenville to receive the Arthur A. Comstock Award. The award recognizes an individual who personifies generous spirit, donating over an extended period of time his or her expertise to improve …
Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce

Community Service Award: City of Bangor

By David M. Fitzpatrick, BDN Maine Special Sections on Jan. 24, 2014, at 3:37 p.m.
The city of Bangor has been named this year’s winner of the Community Service Award, but the award extends far beyond just the municipal entity. It’s in recognition of the city staff, the city council, and the voters who made possible the Cross Insurance Center, which has become a symbol …
Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Frederick “Fritz” Oldenburg has been named the Volunteer of the Year for his work in advocating the concept of angel investing.

Volunteer of the Year: Angel investors ‘ambassador’ earns Chamber volunteerism award

By Ardeana Hamlin on Jan. 24, 2014, at 3:30 p.m.
The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce will present its Volunteer of the Year Award to Dr. Frederick “Fritz” Oldenburg at its annual awards ceremony. Oldenburg, who retired two years ago after 33 years in doing acute pulmonary medical care in Bangor hospitals, said he was a little embarrassed to be …
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