Vector Marketing in Scarborough

Vector Marketing Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of CUTCO Cutlery Corp., headquartered in Olean, N.Y., has opened a new sales office at 15 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite 204, in Scarborough. District manager Aaron Winter will recruit and train new sales representatives there to market the CUTCO line of knives and accessories that are sold directly to consumers locally via in-home demonstrations. The company has an extensive leadership training and life-skills development program geared to college-student reps. For more information, visit www.vectormarketing.com or call (877) 888-0314.

TD Bank opens ‘green’ branches

TD Bank recently celebrated the opening of its first two “green” retail locations at 878 Stillwater Ave. in Bangor and 1410 Congress St. in Portland. The two new stores have been built using TD Bank’s new green prototype store design standard and will target LEED certification based on their overall environmental performance in five areas: the use of sustainable sites, low water usage, energy efficiency, recycled materials and resource use, and indoor environmental air quality.

New fire training effort at SMCC

Southern Maine Community College of South Portland has joined with fire chiefs across the state to create the Maine Fire Service Institute (MFSI) at the State House Visitors Center in Augusta. The new institute is designed to train firefighters via a virtual academy system based at the Brunswick SMCC campus, with up to five regional sites, to deliver first-responder training throughout the state. Formerly known as Maine Fire Training and Education, the MFSI will continue to be a department of SMCC, which has statewide responsibility for firefighter training and the legislative authority to issue certifications.

Franklin American in Portland

Franklin American Mortgage Co. (FAMC) of Franklin, Tenn., has opened a new retail office at 470 Forest Ave. in Portland. The office will operate under branch manager Mary B. Miller, who joins FAMC with more than 25 years of experience serving the mortgage needs of borrowers in Greater Portland. FAMC offers a wide array of residential home financing, including FHA and VA products for potential homeowners. For more details, call 879-4393 or go to www.franklinamerican.com.

Credit union offers debt advice

University Credit Union of Orono has launched Debt in Focus, a free and anonymous financial assessment program, on its website.

The program provides consumers with an evaluation of personal debt, income, expenses and credit scores, along with suggestions on how to improve those areas. Results are written in a concise, conversational tone with clear instructions on how to act on them. University Credit Union is a full-service financial institution with locations in Orono, Bangor, Farmington, Portland and Presque Isle. For more details, go to www.ucu.maine.edu or call (800) 696-8628.

Lalo Boutique on the move

Lalo Boutique, a small, independently owned shop offering a diverse selection of Maine-made products, has opened at 142A High St. in Portland’s Upper Arts District. Owner Melissa Rivera aims to offer a varied and unique selection of products created from a wide pool of artists, including Deering High students and professional artisans. The boutique is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays or by appointment. For more details, call 423-0764 or write to [email protected]

Clinic for low-income pet owners

Veterinarian Dr. Steve Askin has opened The Shelter Spay/Neuter Clinic in a newly renovated space at the Animal Welfare Society on Holland Road in West Kennebunk. The clinic offers affordable cat sterilization services for low-income pet owners. For more details, call Sharon Secovich at 985-3244, ext. 120, or email [email protected] society.org.

New site for Broadreach Public Relations

Broadreach Public Relations, formerly of Yarmouth, has relocated its offices to 19 Commercial St. in Portland. The move is intended to provide more space for the company’s expanded work force and convenient access for clients. For more details, call 619-7350, email [email protected], or go to www.broadreachpr.com.

Anytime Fitness at Northgate

Anytime Fitness, a 24-hour co-ed fitness club, has leased a 5,000-square-foot exercise facility at the Northgate Plaza. Club owner Scott Watson said the facility will feature 24-hour access to state-of-the-art strength training and cardiovascular equipment and tanning services. It will also allow access to more than 1,000 clubs located in the United States, Canada and Australia 365 days a year, with security and surveillance systems installed to ensure member safety at the clubs during unstaffed hours. For more details, go to www.anytimefitness.com.