Lunch & Learn: Preparing for the Impacts of Sea Level Rise

May 21, 2021 – 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Sea level rise is one of the most pressing challenges facing the state of Maine. Join Maine Conservation Voters for this Lunch & Learn event to learn more about the Maine Legislature's efforts to analyze the impacts of sea level rise. Speakers include: Melanie Loyzim, Commissioner of Maine's Department of…

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2021 Philanthropy Partners Conference: Broadband 101

May 19, 2021 – 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Centering Equity: Shifting Power, Building Community The Maine Philanthropy Center's popular biennial Philanthropy Partners Conference (May 18-20) provides an important and rare opportunity for hundreds of funders and nonprofits working across Maine to speak frankly about common issues and current challenges. Through stories, experiences, discussion sessions, and relationship-building activities, attendees…

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BDN Broadband in Maine Series: Get Connected

April 22, 2021 – 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

The current broadband bond will not be able to meet the needs for all Mainers. What are the connectivity options available for those in need? Join Bangor Daily News for the final discussion in this four-part virtual event series to hear from policymakers, business leaders, and educators who are charting the path forward for improving quality, cost, and availability of high speed internet in Maine.

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A Short Conversation on The Long Coast

April 13, 2021 – 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Island Institute is teaming up with the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) and the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association to bring you The Long Coast, a new documentary by Wicked Delicate Films about the people who make their living on the water in Maine and whose lives are inextricably connected to…

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Artists & Makers Week: Friday Art Prompt LIVE

April 9, 2021 – 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us LIVE on Zoom on Friday, April 9, from 10-11 a.m. EDT, for our final Daily Art Prompt with artist Kim Bernard—the Mystery Word workshop!

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Artists & Makers Week: Instagram Office Hours

April 8, 2021 – 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Hannah Richards, brand content strategist at Ethos in Westbrook, Maine, on Thursday, April 8, from 10-11 a.m. EDT, for a special follow-up to Tuesday’s “Instagram Worthy” workshop with this hour of open Q&A.

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Digital Frontiers: Natural Resources

April 8, 2021 – 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Join the Maine Broadband Coalition for the third installment of Digital Frontiers! This month’s topic is Natural Resources, looking into broadband use in the Farming, Forestry, and Marine sectors. Speakers feature: Alex Ingraham, President of Pingree Associates Rommy Haines, Former Director of the Maine Farm Bureau Boe Marsh, CEO of…

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Artists & Makers Week: A Conversation with Gabrielle Melchionda

April 7, 2021 – 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us Wednesday, April 7, from 10-11 a.m. EDT, for a special virtual keynote session with Gabrielle Melchionda, owner of Mad Gab’s. A lifelong writer and storyteller, Gabrielle will talk about her personal relationship with inspiration and share how she pursues inspiration each day while running her 28-year-old business.

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Artists & Makers Week: Instagram Worthy

April 6, 2021 – 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us Tuesday, April 6, from 10-11 a.m. EDT, as Hannah Richards, brand content strategist at Ethos in Westbrook, Maine, walks us through the ins and outs of Instagram, and how to use it as a tool to tell your story.

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More Broadband, Less Sprawl

March 30, 2021 – 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Equitable and universal access to this essential service, regardless of geography and income, requires investments in locations urban to rural. Providing widespread access to high speed internet is comparable to the electrification efforts of the early 20th century—a way to bring all parts of the state up to the basic…

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BDN Broadband in Maine Series: Broadband’s Impact on Education in Maine

March 10, 2021 – 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

What are schools, colleges and communities dealing with when it comes to making sure their students are connected online? What are the biggest issues and challenges across the state? Join Bangor Daily News for the third discussion in this four-part virtual event series to hear from policymakers, business leaders, and educators who are charting the path forward for improving quality, cost, and availability of high speed internet in Maine.

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Island Fellows Virtual Information Session

March 4, 2021 – 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Interested in becoming an Island Institute Fellow? Join us for a virtual information session designed to get you up to speed on this unique opportunity on the Maine coast. Participants will have the opportunity to speak with Island Institute staff and current Fellows, learn about the application process, and ask questions.

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BDN Broadband in Maine Series: Data Privacy, Security, & Accessibility

February 24, 2021 – 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

How can you keep your data safe? What are the regulations around data privacy within the state? How can you access affordable internet and technology and who is there to help you? Join Bangor Daily News for the second discussion in this four-part virtual event series to hear from policymakers, business leaders, and educators who are charting the path forward for improving quality, cost, and availability of high speed internet in Maine.

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BDN Broadband in Maine Series: Broadband Bond — What’s Next?

February 18, 2021 – 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

We passed a bond in July to borrow $15 million to invest in high speed internet infrastructure, aka broadband. It’s the first ever bond investment of its kind in Maine. So…what’s next? Join Bangor Daily News for the first discussion in this four-part virtual event series to hear from policymakers, business leaders, and educators who are charting the path forward for improving quality, cost, and availability of high speed internet in Maine.

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Young Leaders Series

February 1 - March 1, 2021 – 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Are you a young person looking to build leadership skills and connect with other young leaders? Join us for the ILEAD Young Leaders Series, featuring four virtual, interactive sessions exploring key aspects of leadership. Not only will participants actively take part in each discussion, but they will have the opportunity…

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Business for Purpose and Profit: Workshop Series

January 28 - February 25, 2021 – 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Join us for this free, five-week workshop series is designed to give businesses the tools to help deepen their impact with all stakeholders and pivot their business models to grow their social, environmental, and organizational impact. Consisting of online webinars, resources, and coaching, the series will focus on providing support…

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Business for Purpose and Profit: Panel Discussion

January 21, 2021 – 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Shifting to the Middle: Positive Impacts for Your Community and Your Bottom Line Join us on Thursday, January 21, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. EST, for an informative and impactful panel discussion highlighting the various ways businesses can balance both purpose and profit and use business as a force for the common…

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Expanding Broadband in Maine

December 15, 2020 – 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

COVID -19 has made access to reliable high-speed internet service more important than ever.  Today, broadband is the key to education, healthcare, business, civic engagement, working remotely and so much more. Maine is a rural state, where some residents still lack access to broadband. The Maine State Chamber hosted a…

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The Fight to Connect Maine

December 11, 2020 – 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted how essential reliable broadband internet is and yet many Mainers are still without access. Nick Battista, senior policy officer for the Island Institute, and chair of the ConnectMaine Board, joined the Maine Conservation Voters to discuss why advocates in all sectors should care about…

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December Days of Cheer in Archipelago

December 2 - 12, 2020

Archipelago celebrated the holiday season and their customers with a special 20% discount off of the products of the day, December 2-12. Safe shopping and curbside pickup available. Click here for the full schedule, and Happy Holidays from Archipelago!

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Let's Talk Maine Seafood

November 18, 2020 – 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Take part in this fun, informative webinar and learn how to prepare an entire meal featuring the best of Maine seafood, using traceable, sustainable food sources from the coast of Maine! Join three industry leaders from their home kitchens to learn about the variety of sustainable Maine seafood available today,…

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What's Your Best Business Structure — S-Corp, LLC, or Sole-Proprietor?

November 12, 2020 – 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Entity selection is a crucial decision made by business owners early in their company’s life. While some entity options allow for growth and expansion, other entity options could come with burdensome costs and unexpected consequences. In this free webinar, we covered the different types of entity options used by most…

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Driving Results and Sales with Online Marketing

October 14, 2020 – 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

In this virtual session, we helped develop a plan of attack to drive sales for the holidays and beyond. We will offered quick tips for success in driving sales on social media, on your website, with email, and paid advertising tactics that drive results. This session also included how to…

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How Much and How Fast? Helping Your Downeast or Midcoast Business Weather the Pandemic

October 8, 2020 – 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This free webinar, hosted by the Island Institute in partnership with Eastern Maine Development Corporation, provided information to Hanccock, Knox, Waldo, and Washington County businesses and nonprofits on the new low-interest, low entry-level loan program focused on Downeast and Midcoast communities in response to the Covid pandemic.

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2020 Island Teachers Conference

October 8 - 9, 2020

Striving for Equity: Rural Educators as Courageous Leaders The Island Institute's Education Team is excited to bring you our annual Island Teacher Conference—completely online for the first time, October 8-9! The conference offered a variety of learning opportunities centered around our theme, "Striving for Equity: Rural Educators as Courageous Leaders."…

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Developing Your Marketing Plan of Attack

October 7, 2020 – 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Every successful endeavor starts with a plan. In this free webinar, we walked through how to develop your plan of attack for the holiday season and beyond. We reviewed how to set goals, where to prioritize your time, and steps for success with your website, social media, search, email and…

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Coastal Maine Voices: Let's Talk Lobster

July 22, 2020 – 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

In this special online event we discussed the challenges and opportunities facing Maine's lobster businesses in 2020, and the recent impacts felt by this core Maine industry. We talked about the shifts and challenges that are reverberating through the industry in a number of ways, from market depletion to workforce…

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