Our weekly newsletter provides a brief snapshot of issues we have been working on internally, research topics we have been pursuing, or interesting articles or media that have come across our desk and impacted our thinking.
December 17, 2018

BTSB: Phil Coupe of ReVision Energy

Below are some excerpts from our conversation with Phil Coupe, co-founder of ReVision Energy, a full-service renewable energy contracting company in Maine that is ranked #1 in New England for rooftop solar.  Started in 2003 by two guys in a garage, Phil and his partners have grown ReVision […]
December 10, 2018

Weekly Thoughts: Planning Fallacy vs. Hiding Hand

Here is something that caught our eye this week: Planning Fallacy vs. Hiding Hand Entrepreneurial spirit versus pragmatic planning when thinking about 2019  As we navigate our way through the final weeks of 2018, we, and our partner companies, are beginning to think about our […]
December 3, 2018

BTSB: Peter Handy of Bristol Seafood

Below are some excerpts from our conversation with Peter Handy, CEO of Bristol Seafood, a seafood processing and distribution company.  Originally a research analyst on Wall Street, Peter bought Bristol four years ago and spent the first two learning the business under the previous owner before taking over […]
November 21, 2018

Weekly Thoughts: The Data Advantage

Here is something that caught our eye this week: The Data Advantage How is big data relevant to the world of small business? As our readers know, we are entrenched in the world of small business.  Despite our widespread affection for small, local businesses, the reality […]
November 12, 2018

BTSB: Jeff Buckwalter of The Holy Donut

Below are some excerpts from our conversation with  Jeff Buckwalter, CEO of The Holy Donut, a Portland, Maine based retail and wholesale donut company whose hand-cut, hand-glazed potato donuts have developed a crazed following both locally and beyond.  With demand far exceeding supply for his donuts and […]
November 5, 2018

Weekly Thoughts: ChenTech101

Here is something that caught our eye this week: ChenTech 101 Some practical advice to improve your general tech security Our world of small business operations is increasingly at risk for cyber attacks of various types, with small businesses accounting for at least half of all cybersecurity breaches.  […]