Eastport, a ‘startup town,’ gets some national attention

A few high-profile members of the national media descended on Eastport, Maine, this week. James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, and Kai Ryssdal, host of the well-known public radio program Marketplace, visited Eastport as part of their American Futures project, which is looking at “reinvention and resilience across the nation.” Basically, Fallows and his wife […]

Player in New Orleans’ startup scene coming to Portland to discuss importance of ‘seeding an entrepreneurial ecosystem’

How do we create an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Maine? The question is not meant to imply Mainers aren’t entrepreneurial. We certainly have a workforce known for its hard work and resourcefulness. But we can’t rest on our reputation for “Yankee ingenuity.” What I’m talking about when I say we need to foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem […]

TD Bank quietly drops Portland as headquarters

TD Bank, which traces its roots back to the founding of Portland Savings Bank in 1852, has officially dropped its historic hometown as its corporate headquarters. The bank is now officially based in Cherry Hill, N.J. The company had held Portland and Cherry Hill as dual headquarters since 2008, when Portland-based TD Banknorth merged with Cherry […]

Tom’s of Maine founder: It’s ‘smart business’ to give back to the community

At a breakfast event in Portland, Tom Chappell, founder of Tom’s of Maine, gave a talk about entrepreneurship and why it makes good business sense to embrace a triple-bottom-line approach. Chappell was the first in Envision Maine‘s new speaker series, entitled Pioneers of Maine’s Next Economy. The idea being that well-known entrepreneurs have experiences to […]