Business and Economy

Business news

  Charles Colgan recently unveiled his Economic Forecast for Maine.  His economic predictions for 2013 are based on his analysis of employment trends, income, retail sales, and a range of other indicators.

  How will the year ahead treat the Maine economy? A panel of experts took a look at the business and economic climate of the state for the upcoming year.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Charlie Colgan, Muskie Institute of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine

Garrett Martin, Maine Center for Economic Policy

Jim Clair, CEO, Goold Health Systems, Chair of the Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission

  Just in time for Christmas - the inaugural Maine Calling Made in Maine Gift Guide, a survey of gifts made here in Maine.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by: 

Alex Steed

Sean Wilkerson, Principal, Might & Main, the President of AIGA Maine - The professional association for design

and by Jenna, a member of the ETSY Maine Team

Tech Talk

Dec 12, 2012

  The latest and greatest high-tech products making their way onto holiday wish lists and the role of social media in everyday life.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by: 

Rich Brooks, President of Flyte New Media

Max Riseman, Product Specialist at Systems Engineering

Amanda O'Brien, Vice President, Hall Internet Marketing

  Car reviewer Jamie Page Deaton of USNews&World Report talked about the latest news out of Detroit, Japan, Korea and beyond.

Host Keith Shortall will be joined by: 

Jamie Page Deaton, of USNews&World Report

  What does going over the fiscal cliff mean for Mainers? Hear the latest on efforts to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by: 

Kevin Miller, Washington bureau chief for the Portland Press Herald and MaineToday Media,

Rebekah Metzler, reporter for USNews and World Report,

Dante Chinni, Editor/Director, Jefferson Institute, which sponsors The Patchwork Nation

Congresswoman Pingree

Charitable Giving

Nov 27, 2012

  We've survived Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Welcome now - to Giving Tuesday.  Why do we give and what does it mean to be philanthropic?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Laura Young, Vice President of Philanthropy at the Maine Community Foundation

Adam Tuchinsky, Associate Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences & Associate Professor of History at USM

Yellow Light Breen, Executive Vice President, Bangor Savings Bank

Personal Finance

Nov 13, 2012

  How can you manage your money in these challenging financial times. How can you save it, invest it and hopefully keep more of it in your pocket.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Sarah Morehead, She directs the Household Financial Education Program at the University of Maine and is the author of "I Hate Money"

Marion Syversen, MBA, Owner of Norumbega Financial, author of "Real Deal: Making Big Changes with Small Change"

and Professor Robert Strong, Univ. of Maine

Creative Retirement

Oct 18, 2012

  Reinventing yourself in retirement. Some people see their retirement as an opportunity to explore new careers, begin new businesses and find ways to contribute more to their community.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by: 

Amy Wood, psychologist

Helen Rose, author of Brave, a Memoir of Overcoming Shyness

Dave Neally, Maine Seniors Magazine

Bangor Daily News Event notice - Creative Retirement panel discussion

  Craft distilleries are making their mark in Maine. Why is Maine gaining a reputation for fine vodkas, gins and other top shelf beverages?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Jon Myers, bartender at The Grill Room

Joe Swanson, Director of Sales and Marketing for Maine Distilleries, LLC

and Ned Wight, Owner/Distiller New England Distilling

  A discussion with Richard Dudman, former Bangor Daily News journalist about his life and experiences as a reporter, correspondent and editor. 

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Richard Dudman, former Bangor Daily News Editor, who retired this year at age 94 after 76 years in the newspaper business.

  Explore the rise of the co-operative economy - from food and farm co-ops to employee owned businesses with guests author Gar Alperovitz and Carla Dickstein, CEI Maine Senior Vice President.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with Gar Alperovitz, the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland; co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative and author of America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy; and Carla Dickstein, CEI Maine Senior Vice President, Policy Research and Development.

  What is the state of Charitable Giving in Maine during these difficult economic times?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Meredith Jones, president & CEO of the Maine Community Foundation

and Janet Henry, President, Maine Philanthropy Center

and by phone by:  Janet Wyper: Manager of Community Relations, L. L. Bean, Inc.

and Martin Grohman, a trustee of The Betterment Fund

  A look at the prevalence of family businesses in Maine, how they are different from traditional businesses, and the challenges of working with family.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Gina Weathersby, Executive Director of the Institute for Family-Owned Business

John Gifford, President Gifford's Ice Cream and

Michael Gagne, President Gagne Foods


Institute for Family-Owned Business

Breweries in Maine

Jul 3, 2012

  Maine's thriving craft brewery businesses were discussed with a panel of brewers.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

 Rob Tod from Allagash,

 Tim Adams from Oxbow, 

 and Dave Evans from the Great Lost Bear  

Maine Brewers Guild

MPBN went on Brewery tours prior to this Maine Calling program. Click here to view a slideshow