Maine Inns Raise Funds for Habitat for Humanity sends its support to Maine Bed and Breakfasts involved in the “Hospitality for Habitat” Charity Event

New York, Mar. 30 – Beginning April 25, 2011 and ending May 27, 2011, bed and breakfasts and inns in Maine will be participating in a special charity event benefitting Habitat for Humanity., a top ranked bed and breakfast online directory, supports these inns and the work they are doing.

The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) has announced the 8th Annual Hospitality for Humanity program, a fund-raising event that benefits local chapters of Habitat for Humanity.  Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry seeking to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

L.L.Bean commits $250,000 to Red Cross relief efforts in Japan

L.L.Bean providing additional assistance to its Japan employees
FREEPORT, ME. March 17, 2011—L.L.Bean, a leading outdoor equipment and apparel merchant, announced today a $250,000 donation to the Red Cross to support Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief efforts.  L.L.Bean operates 20 stores, a call center, and administrative offices in Japan, with most of these locations in the greater Tokyo area. 
"The Red Cross is known for its swift actions to provide emergency care and to help reconnect loved ones in these times of crisis,” said Chris McCormick, President and CEO, L.L.Bean. “It is the quickest and most effective way for L.L.Bean to offer our assistance to the Japanese people suffering from this disaster.”
L.L.Bean is in frequent communication with its International management team to coordinate ongoing efforts to support L.L.Bean Japan Branch employees in the immediate future as well as with long-term assistance.

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Maine Story Tellers and Poets Wanted

Freeport, Maine:  The Harraseeket Inn, in conjunction with the Maine Mountain Heritage Project, is currently seeking submissions for a publication tentatively titled "Voices From Maine's Mountains".  Stories, poems and essays must be limited to 1,700 words and can involve outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, skiing, hiking, living or vacationing in or near the mountains of Maine.  "We're looking for year round and seasonal Mainers, young and old, who have a story to tell about the mountains they love," says Penny Gray, co-owner of the Harraseeket Inn and published author of nine books.  "We want to create a lasting legacy that honors our mountain heritage and the important role these special landscapes have played in our lives."  The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2011.  All submissions will be published on-line, and the best will be compiled in book form and released to the public.  Chosen essays will be announced i

Starting A New Business In Maine Is As Easy As Cake!

Starting A New Business In Maine Is As Easy As Cake!

Emily Adams of “Dirt on a Cake” Utilizes Non-profit, Government and Community Resources To Launch New Maine Business
Maine may be listed by Forbes Magazine as the worst state in the nation for business, but don’t tell that to Emily Woodman Adams who recently launched Dirt on a Cake. Emily credits the successful launch of her business to the support that she has received from various private and public organizations, including the Maine Department of Economic and Community (DECD), the Maine Women’s Fund, and The Prep Kitchen.
“I have not met one person that has not supported this project. There have been roadblocks, but the community – including competitors – have helped me every step of the way,” says Emily.
When Emily, 33, left her 50-hour-a-week job to spend more time with her two young children, she never imagined that she would start a business making gourmet ice cream cakes.

New book explores the rich history of North Bath, Maine

New book explores the rich history of North Bath, Maine

Yarmouth, Maine (MARCH 23, 2011)—Islandport Press is pleased to announce the March 29, 2011, release of “The Road to Down Street: The History of North Bath, Maine,” written by Nancy Lovetere. The book looks at the glorious past of this rural area, from its early settlement by those with land grants from the king of England, to its days of trading posts, seafaring residents, ferries, and dairies.

        Lovetere, a North Bath native, had an abiding passion for this pristine peninsula between the Androscoggin and Kennebec rivers and was dedicated to researching and compiling compelling facts and tales about the area. Sadly, Lovetere died unexpectedly in 2009.

        The book, which includes historic photographs, examines in detail the five areas of North Bath: Whiskeag, The North Bath Road, Ireland, Merrymeeting Bay, and Bayshore Road to New Meadows. U.S.

MTI awards $137,510 in Seed Grants to entrepreneurs and companies

MTI awards $137,510 in Seed Grants to entrepreneurs and companies from Castine to Naples and Brewer to Yarmouth in latest Seed Grant round

The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) Board of Directors has awarded over $137K in 12 new Seed Grants to entrepreneurs and companies across the state to advance innovations in agriculture, aquaculture, biotechnology, composite materials technologies, environmental technologies and information technology and  to bring new products to market. This round of MTI awards leveraged nearly twice that much, over $235K of matching contributions from the award recipients.

A complete list of March’s awardees follows.

“To obtain Seed Grant funding, applicants have to prove their idea, compete for funding and match every dollar of MTI funding with at least one dollar’s worth of other investment,” explained Betsy Biemann, President of MTI.