Business

  • Natalie Knox named Ellsworth Chamber’s Citizen of the Year

    Natalie Knox named Ellsworth Chamber’s Citizen of the Year

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that Natalie Knox has been named its 2018 Citizen of the Year. The Citizen of the Year is awarded to an outstanding individual, nominated by the members, “who embodies community spirit through volunteerism, involvement and advocacy.” Knox is a graduate of the University of Maine,

  • Loss of immigrant workers could hurt local businesses

    Loss of immigrant workers could hurt local businesses

    ELLSWORTH — In July, on a whim, Steve Elliot pulled up to a Haitian encampment. For about 18 years, the NewLand Nursery and Landscaping Center owner had been employing Jamaicans through the federal H-2B program, which provides a temporary non-agricultural work visa for foreign laborers. But under the Obama administration, he’d noticed more restrictions and

  • Former Bangkok Restaurant sold before auction

    Former Bangkok Restaurant sold before auction

    ELLSWORTH — The building that housed the former Bangkok Restaurant in Ellsworth was sold on Feb. 16, the same day that an auction on the property was slated to go forward. The 1.25-acre property was sold to local company Xinyi LLC for $400,000, well below the assessed value of $736,400. The restaurant, formerly owned by

  • Maine banks gain greater market share in region

    Maine banks gain greater market share in region

    A strong overall economy, a roaring stock market and a robust showing by tourism-based businesses were among the factors that made 2017 a good year on the financial front in Maine, according to area bankers. They hope that a continued push for regulatory reform, with a shift away from a one-size-fits-all approach, will make 2018

  • Tourism booming, but plagued by worker shortage

    Tourism booming, but plagued by worker shortage

    On a sunny summer afternoon, cruise ships converged in Frenchman Bay, vacationers enjoyed ice cream cones and watched the boat traffic from the Bar Harbor waterfront while columns of cars streamed down West Street and into Acadia National Park. The bustling July scene illustrates Acadia National Park’s continued climb in annual visitation, jumping from 3.3

  • Heart of Ellsworth series continues March 11

    ELLSWORTH — Heart of Ellsworth has announced the next offering in its 2018 Community Conversations series. “Growing up in Ellsworth” will be held Sunday, March 11, starting at 2 p.m. at the Moore Community Center, 133 State St. in Ellsworth. The program is open to the public and is free of charge. The March conversation

  • Record tourist influx boosts retail sales

    Record tourist influx boosts retail sales

    ELLSWORTH — Retail sales boomed for the second year in a row on Mount Desert Island and merchants are attributing this in part to changes in travel patterns. Bar Harbor restaurateur Michael Boland owns Havana Restaurant, Choco-Latte Café, Acadia Coffee Co. and co-owns the Islesford Dock Restaurant & Gallery on Little Cranberry Island. “Fear of

  • Knowles Company welcomes Kristi Jacoby and Sara Dennis

    The Knowles Company of Northeast Harbor has announced the addition of two new agents. Kristi Jacoby has joined the company as an associate broker and Sara Dennis has been hired as a sales agent. Prior to joining The Knowles Company in January, Jacoby managed and sailed some of the world’s finest superyachts for 15 years,

  • Job training program for women starting

    ELLSWORTH — Women in Hancock County will have an opportunity to receive free training and valuable credentials that can help secure employment with good companies that offer competitive wages and benefits. Aroostook County Action Program (ACAP) recently received a federal grant to help train women for high-wage careers in nontraditional occupations among three counties in