The case for tax breaks: How a 20-year-old brewery deal turned $12,000 in annual property tax revenue into $300,000

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Fred Forsley is best known as the co-founder of Shipyard Brewing Co., the largest and most widely recognized player in Maine’s now exploding craft beer industry. Shipyard is now the 15th largest microbrewery in America, producing 80,000-plus barrels of ale every year. But in the early 1990s, it was an ambitious startup beginning to experience […]

Bubba’s Sulky Lounge in Portland named one of America’s best dive bars


Somewhere along the way, the term “dive bar” became something of an endearing badge of honor, the way science fiction and comic book enthusiasts have grown up and owned the once derogatory term “nerd.” A “dive bar” is now considered a kind of a cozy, unassuming neighborhood spot, in contrast to sleeker upscale bars or […]

Portland area named one of America’s top 10 places for women entrepreneurs


San Francisco-based personal finance site released its list of the best places in America for women entrepreneurs, and eight out of the top 10 were in the Midwest or West Coast. East of Minneapolis, the only places to make the list were Portland-South Portland, Maine, and Bridgeport, Connecticut. The Portland-South Portland metro area was […]