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    January 9, 2019

    The Buzz: Famous Footwear closed, Lighting Concepts closing

    This week the Buzz has a little less spring in its step. RIP Famous Footwear in Auburn. The national shoe store chain, which opened several years ago beside Kohl’s, has shut its doors. A company spokeswoman didn’t return a call Wednesday for comment about the closure. However, among the Auburn building permit applications in late […]

  • Published
    January 8, 2019

    Lewiston mom: From welfare to a million-dollar business in three years

    LEWISTON — Three years ago, Laura Catevenis’ daughter was a year old, they were living on $367 a month in welfare benefits and Catevenis told state workers she didn’t want to go back to work. She wanted to be the boss. “They looked at me like, ‘You’re out of your mind,’” said Catevenis, 27. “I […]

  • Published
    January 6, 2019

    Five who meant business in 2018

    Five Maine entrepreneurs tell their stories of growth and learning from 2018 and their hopes for 2019.

  • Published
    January 4, 2019

    Waffles, apps, bubble tea: Top Gun LA announces newest class of entrepreneurs

    LEWISTON — From waffles to apps to a Hawaiian-themed spa, the third class of Top Gun LA entrepreneurs is the largest and most diverse yet. Scott Benson, director of economic development at the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the local Top Gun organizer, said on Friday that five of the eight participating companies […]

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    January 3, 2019

    New Sharon natives ready to indie rock Friday’s inaugural celebration

    AUGUSTA — When they take the stage at the inaugural celebration Friday night, brother and sister Zak and Lena Kendall, New Sharon natives who front the indie folk band GoldenOak, will have at least one friendly face in the crowd — new Gov. Janet Mills. “Her late husband, Stan, was actually the coach of my tennis […]

  • Published
    December 30, 2018

    Side By Each Brewing, Poutine Factory nearly ready to serve in Auburn

    AUBURN — A winding, 87-foot, wooden bar top is installed. There is room for a dozen 275-gallon tanks. And one-quarter of an actual food truck is mounted on a wall. Side By Each Brewing Co. and The Poutine Factory are nearly ready to open. The new businesses, announced last summer, are in the former, 10,480-square-foot […]

  • Published
    December 30, 2018

    People You Know: Chris Silsbee takes over Bradbury Mountain State Park

    POWNAL — At his last post, in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Caribou native Chris Silsbee had a four-hour commute to work, left his family for nine days at a time to live in the woods and might see more deer than people on any given day. Two years ago, deciding his family was ready for […]

  • Published
    December 23, 2018

    From a brief life, a mom’s faith tested and faith restored

    There are stories about life-changing events, about people who got through dark times and about people who discovered unexpected light in their lives. They are stories about the power of faith.

  • Published
    December 21, 2018

    Origin USA buys Wilton buildings, plans to add 25 jobs

    FARMINGTON — Origin USA is expanding into the former Hammond Lumber Co. site in Wilton and adding 25 or more jobs, President Pete Roberts told Mainebiz on Friday. He said the current 20,000-square-foot manufacturing plant at 125 High St. in Farmington will expand to add denim and leather products, while “the new Wilton facility is […]

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    December 19, 2018

    Leavitt Area High School surprises chemistry teacher with $5,000 award

    TURNER — Eight years ago, Leavitt Area High School chemistry teacher Julie Schmidt pitched the idea of an after-school program to help students struggling to finish classes and graduate on time. This week, students heaped on praise — she “makes you feel like your opinion matters,” she’s “funny and a good listener,” she “taught me […]

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