• September 6, 2016

    It is becoming clear to me that entrepreneurs have a special ability to tackle important community issues with an eye toward innovative solutions.

    Community Development, Economic Development

  • September 1, 2016

    Island and coastal business owners have often told us that they would like to make their businesses more efficient through the use of digital tools like QuickBooks and social media. As a result, we teamed up with Axiom Education and Training Center (AETC) to deliver digital workshops on islands, to support businesses on their own turf.

    Economic Development

  • August 10, 2016

    I’ve been told that Long Islanders are notoriously frugal, and some of that must have rubbed off on me because I decided that instead of paying for freight service, I would just carry the sizeable truck tire on board with me.

    Community Development

  • August 9, 2016

    After months and months of careful research I was on a mission—to track down some of the oldest apple trees on Great Cranberry and capture their essence.

    Community Development

  • July 26, 2016

    Kendra Chubbuck of Shore Shop Gifts on Isle au Haut is an entrepreneur who knows the value that conserved lands can bring to local businesses. On the doorstep of a beautiful section of Acadia National Park, her store focuses on providing high-quality, Maine-made products to the varied tourists that come through the island. The following interview gives insight into her winning strategy.

    Economic Development

  • July 20, 2016

    The Island Institute, in partnership with the Chebeague Community Forum, is pleased to announce that two great Maine companies, Lobster Unlimited and Herbal Revolution, will be receiving $3000 each as part of their participation in the

    Economic Development

  • July 13, 2016

    Slow, unreliable broadband is a problem for all of Maine’s unbridged islands.

    Economic Development

  • July 13, 2016

    Which species of shellfish will grow in the waters near me?
    What do I need to be concerned about if I want to grow mussels?
    How should I be thinking about my business if I am going to start growing oysters?
    What does aquaculture gear look like?

    Economic Development, Marine

  • July 7, 2016

    Joanne’s Angels had been plagued with a never ending slew of mishaps which forced Zach Lunt to pull his boat out for almost three months. Those three months without a boat in the water meant no income for him and his stern man while having to wrestle with a heap of unplanned expenses.

    Community Development