Old Orchard native starts sports marketing agency in Portland

A vision came to fruition for Brian Corcoran earlier this month when Shamrock Sports Group, headquartered on Commercial Street in Portland, officially opened for business.

Corcoran, an Old Orchard Beach native, has managed marketing efforts for NASCAR and most recently Fenway Sports Group in Boston. He left Fenway Sports Group to launch Shamrock Sports Group, which he said is a dream come true.

“I’m home after spending 20 years away building winning partnerships with some of the biggest blue-chip brands and sports properties. Now I want to build on those accomplishments and build a quality, honest and successful sports marketing agency here in Portland,” said Corcoran.

Under Corcoran’s leadership, Shamrock Sports Group already has three nationally renowned clients, including Arena Football League, Goulian Aerosports and Red Bull Air Race. The group will specialize in sponsorship and multimedia sales, property analysis and optimization, as well as “green” consulting.

The Shamrock Sports Group team also includes Jennilee Keef, Matthew Burgess, Diana Arnold and Court Barnett.  By using a diverse and integrated mixed-media package, this seasoned team will execute successful sponsorship campaigns for clients and their sports and entertainment partners.

For more information on Shamrock Sports Group, visit www.shamrocksportsgroup.com.

Farm, ranch supply chain to open Brunswick location

Tractor Supply Co. is opening a new store in Brunswick, which will be the ninth Maine location. The company is the largest retail farm and ranch supply chain in the country, operating since 2007.

The new location will be at 24 Farley Road and will employ 12 to 17 full- and part-time team members. The 19,097-square-foot store will include a sales floor and support service space. An exterior space will display items such as fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment, with additional storage.

The construction of the store, which began mid-February, is expected to be complete in August. More information on the company can be found at www.tractorsupply.com.

Ex-Baldacci spokeswoman launches public relations firm

Canney Communications has begun operating full time in Portland.

Canney Communications President Crystal Canney has worked in the media for 20 years as a investigative reporter.

Following her work in the private sector, she was chosen to be Gov. John Baldacci’s communications director, followed by two years as the associate commissioner of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services.

She successfully served as the spokeswoman for the anti-TABOR campaign in November 2009, resulting in the  defeat  of that initiative.
Canney Communications is a full-service public and media relations firm that is partnering with some of the best in Maine to offer a well-rounded set of services, ranging  from traditional and social media planning to writing, lobbying and video production.
More information about Canney Communications can be found at www.canneycomm.com.

Rockland museum to host prestigious art workshops

The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland has announced a strategic alliance with New York City’s prestigious Lincoln Center Institute, becoming one of only eight sites worldwide to host the institute’s International Educator Workshop.

Beginning in July, the Farnsworth will host the annual one-week workshop for educators, artists, school or arts administrators, curriculum developers, and college and university professors from New England and Canada and beyond.

Recognizing the importance of teacher training and working with local school districts, the Farnsworth has been offering after-school Educator Evenings and one-day or multiday teacher workshops during the academic year, Farnsworth Director of Education Roger Dell said. Now, with this, he said the museum will be providing year-round, accredited, professional development for teachers.

New owner seeking tenants for Brunswick business space

Kip Stone, owner of Artforms, Inc. and Cool As A Moose, recently purchased the former Grand City building at 128 Maine St. in Brunswick, which has been vacant for more than a year. 

Stone said Brunswick is a great place to do business, and this gives him the opportunity to bring both businesses together under one roof. He plans to develop the space into three retail spaces, one of which will be a Cool As A Moose retail store.

He is actively seeking tenants for the two other spaces, one of which he hopes will be a restaurant. The remainder of the 31,000-square-foot building will be occupied by office and production space for Cool As A Moose and Artforms.

For more information on either business, visit www.coolasamoose.com or www.artformsinc.com.

Chamber: Public turnout at ER open house sets record

At the beginning of March, a public open house welcomed nearly 600 community members to tour the new $10 million F. Eugene Dixon Emergency Center at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth.

It became apparent during the tours that the project exceeded the public’s expectations.  The turnout was a record number for Business After Hours since Phyllis Young, associate director of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, began working with the chamber.

She said people were impressed with the comprehensiveness of the new emergency center and the thought given to the needs of both staff and patients.