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5 Picks for Maine Restaurant Week 2015

Posted by Georgia Barnes   

Maine Restaurant Week (March 1–14) is such a welcome close to winter that we Mainers went ahead and made it two weeks. That means you have no excuses! It’s time to break out of your winter doldrums and head out for a night on the town and a culinary adventure. You need to get out and live a little—in spite of the towering snow piles and poor parking conditions. Plus, Maine restaurants have had a long winter too, and they need our support.

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Topics: Maine Restaurant Week

A Watershed Event for the City of Portland, Maine

Posted by Jeff Ryan   

A cleaner Portland harbor for work and play

In a world where we often hear how dysfunctional government can be, a case of things working well is happy news indeed.

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Topics: culture, portland, Maine, government, stormwater

How to Write a Great Headline

Posted by Jeff Ryan   

I always had a gift for writing headlines. In fact, I got my first writing job because I kept yelling headline ideas over the cubicle partition that separated me from the Creative Department, until the staff begged their boss to hire me.

I’m good at writing headlines for two reasons. The first reason is that I love playing with word forms. Turning over phrases in my head comes naturally to me. I constantly critique other companies' creative materials and play the game of how I might tackle the same challenge. It keeps me sharp and aware of what’s going on in the marketing world and beyond.

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Topics: sales, marketing, content, headlines, writing

Self Defense: A Guide to Badassery

Posted by Georgia Barnes   

You probably like to think of yourself as a badass.

I do. I like to brag and swagger and riff about my “kung fu skills.” Yes, I am obnoxious: I will challenge you to an arm wrestle. When I lose, I’ll remind you that I’m left handed and claim I didn’t want to make you cry.

But the truth is, I weigh less than 120 pounds, my upper body strength is feeble, and I tend to panic. Once I was mugged by two preteen boys who used a tiny axe for a weapon. I am a badass only in my own mind.

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Topics: culture, portland, Maine, self-defense, badassery

Coming Full Circle with Junior Achievement of Maine

Posted by Emily Machesney   

The author, Emily Machesney (right), participating in Junior Achievement of Maine's Titan Challenge while a student at Portland's Cheverus High School.

The past several months have heralded a lot of changes for me. I graduated from college, moved back to Maine, and joined the working world as a part of 19 Oaks. After 17 years, five schools, three application processes, and countless tests, essays, lectures, and homework assignments, I am no longer a student.  

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Topics: nonprofit, nonprofit marketing, Maine, volunteering

How to "Stand Up" Maine

Posted by Shay Bellas   

Three years ago, a friend of mine “stood up” a village in Africa. She and some work colleagues signed up to participate in a
Give Movement Journey from Suzanne Evans & Hills of Africa Travel. They went to an African village, dug a well, built a school and a medical facility, and brought medical supplies. They also took the women of the village to nearby towns to teach them how to market and sell their products. This way they could sustain the work of my friend and her colleagues, and make sure the village survived for generations to come.

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Topics: affiliates, advocacy, Maine, entrepreneurship, volunteering

19 Holiday Gifts from Portland, Maine

Posted by Emily Machesney   

Why brave the Dreaded Mall during the holiday season when you can do all your shopping right in town? Here is our list of 19 local Maine holiday presents for all ages and price ranges:

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Topics: portland, 19 Things

The Business Darwin Awards

Posted by Emily Machesney   


Ever done something really stupid at work? Of course you have. I just sent out an email in which I wrote Wednesday but listed Thursday’s date. While you might feel like a dunce doing things like that, they aren’t the end of the world. However, some bad choices do lead companies to implode. From forgetting to do your paperwork to creating a dictatorial culture of fear, let’s take a look at seven businesses that majorly messed up. Inspired by this thread on Reddit, we are awarding all of them Business Darwin Awards. 

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Topics: strategy, management, retail

How Big Brands Use Instagram to Build Customer Loyalty

Posted by Emily Tailer   

I don’t know how you feel about Instagram but, I am addicted.

My level of addiction: spending HOURS a day browsing Instagram.

Surprisingly, it’s not because I love my friends and all of the pretty pictures they share. (Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends, and I do think they take nice pictures). It’s because I enjoy seeing how the stuff I buy (or want to buy) is being used by complete strangers. Most of the people that I follow on Instagram are companies.


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Topics: marketing

Advertising Rule #1: Annoying People isn’t a Good Strategy

Posted by Jeff Ryan   

Red Sox advertisingI am a Red Sox fan.

There is almost no way possible that I will ever become a Chevrolet fan.

What’s the correlation?

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Topics: marketing, red sox, advertising


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