Business and Economy

Business news

  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

Foreclosure in Maine

Jun 26, 2012

  What does the foreclosure situation look like in Maine? What can people do who are facing or in foreclosure?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

William N. Lund, Esq., Superintendent, Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection 

Chet Randall, Coordinator for foreclosure prevention project at Pine Tree Legal Assistance

and Christopher W. Pinkham, President of the Maine Bankers Association


  What does the future hold for newspapers in Maine?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Tom Bell - reporter with Maine Today Media and the President of the Portland Newspaper Guild

Tony Ronzio - former editor of Morning Sentinel, Kennebec Journal. Now Director of New Media at the Sun Media Group, which owns The Lewiston Sun Journal and The Forecaster Publications, and

Terry Carlisle - GM at the Ellsworth American

  The Maine International Trade Center (MITC) is Maine's center for international business assistance. What services and assistance does it offer Maine businesses?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Janine Bisaillon-Cary, MITC President and State Director of International Trade

Carl Spang, President, Falcon Performance Footwear

Beth Schissler, Co-Owner/President, Sea Bags


Maine International Trade Commission

Family Farmers

May 1, 2012

  A discussion was held about what it takes to run a farm, the success rate for those new to the business, and why some are looking for a connection with the land and rural life.

Host Keith Shortall discussed family farming with:

Caragh Fitzgerald, Assistant Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension,(she teaches a course to new farmers)

John Piotti, Executive Director, Maine Farmland Trust,

  The University of New England recently hosted NY Times contributing writer Diana B. Henriques, author of the best-selling The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust. This lecture was a part of the Paul D. Merrill Business Ethics Lecture Series.

  Helping small businesses in Maine get off the ground and thrive. We spoke with leaders from the Maine Technology Institute and SCOREMaine about their organizations and what they offer new and emerging businesses in Maine. We also heard from two individuals who have worked with MTI and SCOREMaine and can offer firsthand accounts of how they were helped.

Host Keith Shortall spoke with:

  The hefty cost of college—how can families pay for today’s rising tuition rates? It’s the season for that big decision about which college to attend, and financial aid plays a major part in that decision. How should families decipher the aid packages, and what other options make college costs more manageable? How to pay for college?

  February 18 marks the 22nd edition of Maine's premier event for Maine homeowners and renters to learn about products and services for home updates, improvements and remodeling. More than 180 exhibitors will showcase the latest home improvement products and services for budgets large and small. Hear from the organizers and some exhibitors.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with:

Josh Wojcik, the founder and owner of Upright Frameworks.

Dewitt Kimball of Complete Home Evaluation.

  You may know it best as a place to drop off old clothes and no longer needed household items, but Goodwill is much more than a thrift store. The new CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England discussed the challenges facing her organization, and the community support services it provides to tens of thousands of individuals.

Host Jonathan P. Smith speaks with:

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Chief Executive Officer, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

  Learn which make and model of automobile works best for families among other automotive nuggets.

Host Jonathan P. Smith speaks with:

Jamie Page Deaton, Automotive Editor for US News & World Report

 Jamie Page Deaton's "Best Cars" blog on the US News & World Report website

  Knowing how to "Give Smart" leads to results, according to author Thomas Tierney. He was the keynote speaker at the Inspiring Philanthropy conference held in Portland recently.

Thomas Tierney is the author of Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results and the co-founder and chairman of the nonprofit advisory organization the Bridgespan Group, spoke at the University of Southern Maine's Abromson Center in Portland.

  A look ahead to the economic challenges and opportunities for Maine in 2012. Host Keith Shortall was joined by a panel of experts who discussed the state of the Maine economy and its fiscal future.