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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

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: