Maine Credit Unions honor 10th anniversary of 9/11 with largest-ever donation to local heroes

Maine Credit Unions honor 10th anniversary of 9/11 with largest-ever donation to local heroes


‘People Remembering & Helping People’ was the theme for the Tenth Anniversary 9/11 tribute by Maine’s credit unions to the five Red Cross Chapters of Maine.  At the ceremony, Maine’s credit unions honored and remembered the victims of 9/11 and their families.  Also receiving recognition were the organizations that work each day to protect the health and safety of Maine people, as checks were also presented to the Emergency Food Relief Fund of each Red Cross Chapter.  In addition, as part of the continued effort of Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger, a donation was made to a food pantry located in each chapter.  Since 2001, through the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger, Maine’s credit unions have contributed over $64,110 the Emergency Food Relief Funds of Maine’s Red Cross Chapters in memory of 9/11.   

The five Red Cross Chapters in Maine who received donations are the: Southern Maine Chapter, U

Social Media Breakfast Maine - Afternoon Birthday Party - How Local Breweries are Using Social Media

Social Media Breakfast Maine - Afternoon Birthday Party - How Local Breweries are Using Social Media

Social Media Breakfast Maine will be having a special afternoon birthday party this month and will be partaking in social media case studies with some of Maine's favorite breweries.

Maine is well known for lots of things and one is for all the amazing (and delicious) micro-breweries we have in the state. This month we are going to have a little birthday party and hear from three local brewers on how they are using new marketing tools to promote themselves.

We have a stellar lineup of brewers and I called in the big guns to help me co-host the event – Mr. Chris Brogan was kind enough to say he would join me to help us facilitate this event. Chris is a man who knows a thing or two about marketing businesses and about good beer, so I knew just who to go to for help!

We will be back at the Eastland Park Hotel for this special Happy Hour SMBME.

Getting to Know Your Content All Stars

Getting to Know Your Content All Stars


By now we know that beyond your site design and ease of navigation, the heart and soul of your site is the content that is provided there. Often times we ask our clients to figure out what content is working for them; what brings them traffic, what is being shared, what gets people to stay and convert? In some cases it might be obvious what content is popular but many times you have to do a little digging to really see which content are your real all stars.

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The Good and the Bad with NetworkedBlogs

A few months ago, I started using the popular Facebook application NetworkedBlogs for a few blogs that I manage.

With NetworkedBlogs you can:

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What You Should Know About Sitelinks

Have you ever heard of “sitelinks?” Sitelinks are those extra list of links that you see below a main search result in the Google search engine. [See my example of sitelinks below where I searched for "maine popcorn"] Google’s secret algorithm determines whether sitelinks will appear under a particular search result or not. The idea behind sitelinks is to give the user an easier way to immediately navigate to interior pages of the site within that search result. Although they have been around for a while now they have changed, and continue to change announcing their most recent update this week.

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USDA Invests $183,339 in 10 Maine Businesses

Today, Congressman Mike Michaud praised the announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that ten Maine businesses will receive investments to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in their operations. A total of $183,339 will be provided to Maine businesses through USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
“This announcement is very welcome news,” said Michaud. “Improving energy efficiency or converting to clean energy alternatives can help businesses save money and lead to additional job creation. We need more of these types of win-win investments in our country. They help boost economic activity in the short term and promote the sustainability of businesses for years to come.”
A full list of investments in Maine provided by the USDA can be found below.

PechaKucha Bangor to host second event

PechaKucha Night Bangor Vol. 2 is slated for Friday night, August 19th, at the Brick Church in Bangor. Eight new presenters will surprise the audience with images and stories about their creative work and ideas. George Kinghorn, Director and Curator of the UMaine Museum of Art, is emceeing the event. Nocturnem Draft Haus is setting up a cash bar of awesome beer and Ann Marie's Kitchen will be serving up great local eats.

The event keeps presentations concise, interest up and ideas flowing. The 20x20 PechaKucha format allows each presenter to narrate a sideshow of 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds.
Doors open @ 6pm and presentations @ 6:40pm
$5 at the door

PechaKucha Night Bangor Vol. 2 presenters:

Cliff Guthrie, academic
Samantha White, photographer
Sarah Morehead, student
Andrea Tilden, artist
Orson Horchler, artist
JJ Starwalker, designer
Erin Switzer, academic
Sarah Smiley, writer

The poster for PKN Bangor Vol.