Seven Businesses Get Economic Boost from the State 

Seven businesses in Maine will split 840-thousand dollars from the state to help boost their businesses and grow the economy. Officials with the Department of Economic and Community Development say the block grants are also expected to create at least 47 new jobs in the state. Among the businesses to receive the money – Old Town Canoe, which is getting the biggest piece of the pie.$200,000 will be used to consolidate manufacturing operations and buy a more efficient molding oven.Rockland Marine will get $180,000 to build a better railway to make room for larger vessels. And Lakeview Restaurant in St. Agatha is receiving $60,000 for upgrades to the building.