Maine State Chamber of Commerce

Todd Eaton

Ninety-seven percent of businesses in Maine have fewer than 20 employees, according to the Small Business Administration. Many operate on tight margins, even during good economic times. But now, as the pandemic and its effects linger, some of those small businesses are now being forced to shut their doors for good.

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Maine's restaurant and hotel owners anxiously watched Gov. Janet Mills press conference Thursday, hoping for an indicator of when and how she will start reopening the state's pandemic-plagued economy.

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Calling Gov. Janet Mills' response to the coronavirus measured and responsible, the head of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce says the organization supports Mills' executive order placing further restrictions on businesses and operations in Maine to curb the spread of COVID-19.  

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Several Maine groups are uniting to try to reduce childhood poverty in the state - and reduce it dramatically.  Maine Equal Justice, Maine Community Foundation and the Maine State Chamber of Commerce are launching an initiative they say aims to cut childhood poverty in Maine by 50 percent.

ROCKPORT, Maine - The public can attend a forum on the challenges of funding broadband in rural Maine.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine State Chamber of Commerce says it is supporting some provisions of Gov. Paul LePage's tax reform package, but not the entire plan.

Chamber President Dana Connors says the group supports the goal of reducing the personal income tax and shifting more of the state tax burden to the sales tax, but it opposes a provision to tax non-profits.

"That's one where we felt that, more appropriately, it's an issue that needs to be addressed," Connors says, "and we encourage the larger institutions to work with municipalities around service fees."