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  • Published
    September 26, 2013

    Planet Dog co-CEO sees a mission to give back

    Colleen McCracken recently joined Planet Dog, the Westbrook maker of dog toys and treats, as co-CEO, after stops at G.H. Bass and Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers.

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    August 22, 2013

    Co-owners’ yin and yang make a good pizza

    Mike Keon, a former commercial fisherman originally from Lowell, Mass., and Anthony Allen, who grew up in Nantucket, Mass., started Otto Pizza on Congress Street in Portland in 2009. Their pizza — including their signature mashed potato, bacon and scallion — has since won national recognition, including a rating as Maine’s best in Food Network […]

  • Published
    August 15, 2013

    Numbers man is trying to make health costs add up

    MaineHealth CEO Bill Caron hopes to keep the baby boomer 'tsunami' from breaking the bank.

  • Published
    August 8, 2013

    Time in trenches key to WEX leader’s success

    Michael Dubyak has been with WEX for 27 years, working in a range of positions in marketing, sales, business development and customer service. From August 1998 to April 2013, Dubyak, 62, served as president and chief executive, and he added the title of chairman of the board of directors in 2008. In May 2013, Melissa […]

  • Published
    August 1, 2013

    Summers on a skiff led to very big things

    John and Brendan Ready started Ready Seafood in 2006 in Portland, after the two had completed college and spent a couple of years lobstering full time. John Ready entered a business plan competition at Northeastern University and won $60,000 to put toward the lobster-marketing business, which he had planned to start with his brother. The […]

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  • Published
    July 25, 2013

    VIA Agency employs creativity to compete nationally

    Leeann Leahy leads the Portland ad agency, which has 13 major clients ranging from Samsung and Klondike bars to Welch's juice and Perdue chicken.

  • Published
    July 18, 2013

    Two guys looking for fun work make gelato, avoid fiasco

    Josh Davis and Bruno Tropeano started Gelato Fiasco in 2007, with little idea how to make gelato, let alone profit from it.

  • Published
    July 11, 2013

    Pika Energy’s president putting new spin on power

    Ben Polito is a Georgetown native and a co-founder of Pika Energy, which makes and sells home renewable-energy systems that use wind turbines, solar panels or both. The three-year-old company hopes to bring the cost of the systems, to be assembled at the company’s headquarters in Westbrook, down to where homeowners will consider them a […]

  • Published
    July 4, 2013

    BoodleUP games give Mainers chance to win prizes from advertisers

    CEO Bob Bruce says his creation is like 'The Price Is Right,' but everybody gets to be a contestant.

  • Published
    May 27, 2013

    Bull Moose is a place to hang out and find cool stuff

    Brett Wickard opened a record store in Brunswick in 1989 while still in college. It's now blossomed into a small empire, with 11 locations and an online store.