Maine Companies receive over $2 Million

At its November meeting, the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) Board of Directors approved six new Development Awards for Maine companies working in the areas of information technology, environmental technology, precision manufacturing and advanced technologies in forestry and agriculture. Awards ranged from $61,300 up to $500,000 combine for a total investment by MTI of $2,000,819.

Planet Dog and L.L.Bean Offer Gift Sets for Dogs

Maine-based companies L.L.Bean and Planet Dog have joined paws again this holiday season to offer gift sets for canine companions.  L.L.Bean's Holiday Gift Set for Dogs and the L.L.Bean Boat & Tote Snack Sack Gift Set make perfect gifts for canine companions on holiday shopping lists.
L.L.Bean's Holiday Gift Set for Dogs features a Boat & Tote Travel Bowl that was designed by Planet Dog with the famous L.L.Bean Tote in mind to use as the gift pack vessel.  The green and natural travel bowl is stuffed with the Orbee-Tuff? Mint, one of Planet Dog's best-selling holiday dog toys.  The gift set also features All-Natural Peanut Butter Treats and a Planet Dog WAG Euro Sticker. 
The L.L.Bean Boat & Tote Snack Sack Gift comes in a green and natural Boat & Tote Snack Sack that is also stuffed with All-Natural Peanut Butter Treats and perfect for carrying treats for romps on the trail.  Like all of Planet Dog and L.L.Bean pro

Gritty McDuff's Christmas Ale now on Tap and in Stores throughout New England

Gritty McDuff's ( is kicking off the holiday season with the release of its seasonal "Christmas Ale," available now through the end of the year, the company announced today.

"This ESB-style beer has a full-bodied, malty taste with slightly roasted undertones," said Thomas Wilson, Gritty’s marketing director.  "Its flavor perfectly complements richer holiday foods, and it’s a natural choice for entertaining."

A robust ale that will be served throughout the fall on draft at Gritty's three Maine brew pub locations (Portland, Freeport and Lewiston/Auburn), Christmas Ale also will be available on draft in select bars and restaurants throughout the region and at beer retailers throughout New England in 6- and 12-packs, 22-ounce bottles and mini-kegs.

Made with English Pale and Crystal Malts and a touch of Roasted Barley, a blend of Clusters, Styrian Goldings, Saaz and Yakima Goldings l

Coastal Conservation Association of Maine Annual Fundraiser & Banquet

A fun-filled evening with thousands of dollars in auction and raffle items, the Harraseeket Inn’s award-winning food, good drink and camaraderie and the chance to support CCA-Maine and its marine conservation endeavors.
The Coastal Conservation Association of Maine (CCA-Maine) will hold its Annual Banquet and Fundraiser on Monday, October 25th at 5:30pm at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine. The pre-event ticket price is only $55 and includes a CCA annual membership, a subscription to TIDE Magazine, and the great food provided by the Harraseeket Inn’s award-winning chefs. The at-the-door banquet ticket will be $65.

The Beadin' Path of Freeport, ME named 2010 Merchant of the Year

The Beadin' Path of Freeport, ME named 2010 Merchant of the Year

The board of directors of the Maine Merchants Association recently chose The Beadin’ Path of Freeport, ME, as its 2010 Merchant of the Year.  The award will be presented at the Maine Merchants Association 77th annual meeting on October 27th at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, ME.

Although a number of qualified merchants were considered, The Beadin’ Path was chosen because of its commitment to Maine as a local, women-owned business; its leadership in using cutting edge social media to expand their marketability beyond the Maine border and for their tireless commitment  in supporting the community. 

The Merchant of the Year Award has three main criteria: continued growth in employees or sales; commitment of company resources to community projects; and creation of a positive work environment for all employees.  The Beadin’ Path exceeded the criteria on all counts.