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A Guide to Maine’s Resources for Entrepreneurs 3rd Edition

posted: , by Williams Bandoma
tags: Recommended Reads | Adults | Business

 

This guide provides a starting point for entrepreneurs seeking resources in the state of Maine. It is also designed to help individuals and organizations that support and guide entrepreneurs and startups and are looking for ways to match resources with those in need. The following categories of resources are included:

  • Training, Technical Assistance & Mentoring
  • Financing & Capital
  • Incubators & Workspaces
  • Libraries
  • Networking & Advocacy
  • State & Regional Economic Development

Recurring Conferences & Events are listed as well.

The Maine Small Business Guide published by the SBA (Small Business Administration) is another resource of value to entrepreneurs and startups. While there is a fair amount of overlap, it also includes success stories and how-tos along with additional industry-specific resources.

The Guide

 


Peaks Island Library and Community Center Update
(& Happy New Year!)

posted: , by Kathleen Spahn
tags: Director's Updates | Adults

We are happy to share a few photos and updates about the Peaks Island Library and Community Center building project.

Now that the demolition phase is fairly complete, we have biweekly walk-through meetings with our contractor. Great progress is being made! Attending these progress checks are Aaron Bourassa, Karen James and Matt Schweier of Great Falls Construction (GFC), Dick Reed, Reed & Co. Architecture, George Cooper from PPL, and David Onos from the City of Portland. Arthur Fink attends as well to photograph the site for our archives. Thank you, Art!

Peaks renovation construction siteAs islanders have seen, GFC removed the wall on the Sterling Street side giving us a glimpse into the expansion of the floor plan. Temporary walls are now up until the structural beam goes in place. And new concrete will be poured shortly. We are still on a good path to reopen before the Summer. (Arthur Fink photos)

NEW VISION CAMPAIGN: It’s not too late to join the New Vision Campaign to help pay for new furnishings. We are thrilled to announce that we received grant support from both the Davis Family Foundation and the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust to buoy the wonderful gifts from over 350 Peaks households and friends. We are so grateful for the generosity of the Kennedy-Carter family for whom the building will be named. For those interested in participating, please make gifts to Portland Public Library and note “New Vision Campaign” in the memo line of your check.

We continue to look forward to seeing you in the Library’s temporary home in the Peaks Island Elementary School (around the back, up the ramp).

George Cooper visited branch staff Priscilla Webster and Rose Ann Walsh, with islanders Jon and Angie Kelso at the PIES temporary location. (George Cooper photo)

 


 


Be Informed: Net Neutrality

posted: , by Williams Bandoma
tags: Recommended Reads | Adults | Business | Government

As a public library, one of our fundamental values is to help our patrons be informed and engaged in our dynamic society.

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) repealed “net neutrality” rules that regulated businesses that connect consumers to the internet, which was a highly controversial decision because of its potential to provide unequal access to internet content.

We hope you will find these resources useful to learn more about the issus. Our librarians are always ready to connect our patrons and our community with vetted sources for learning more.


Check your preferred news source for information on the Net Neutrality Vote

FCC News

New York Times

USA Today

Portland Press Herald

USA Today

LA Times


The Debate

King Statement on FCC Vote to Repeal Net Neutrality Protections

Why PPL Supports Net Neutrality

American Library Association Press Release

What public libraries will lose without net neutrality

Opposing Viewpoints is a robust library resource that can be accessed with your PPL card. This online tool covers today’s most important social issues, including Net Neutrality. These informed, differing views present various sides of the issue and help researchers and information seekers develop the confidence to draw their own valid conclusions.


The Background

For background information on how the Net Neutrality issue arose:

FCC Adopts Strong, Sustainable Rules to Protect the Open Internet 2015

FCC votes to protect the internet with Title II regulation

History of Net Neutrality in the USA

Books on Net Neutrality in MaineCat, our statewide library catalog

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