Vibrant small businesses share tips, experiences

Ya gotta love it! That seems to be one of the main criteria for starting a small business and making it a success. It also was the sentiment of the folks reflecting on what it has taken them to build four vibrant businesses at the close of 2014. With no background in retail or running a business, Nancy O’Brien opened Fiore, a shop specializing in artisan olive oils and balsamic vinegars, in downtown Bar Harbor in 2009. Now, six years later, the business is going great and O’Brien has five other stores in Maine.

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FIORE Olive Oils Wins Bangor Metro Entrepreneurial Award

Six years ago, Nancy O’Brien and her husband, Pat, were trying to figure out how to spend more time in Maine. The couple, who had been living in Connecticut, had a home in Bass Harbor, and wanted to become year-round residents of the Pine Tree State. “We came to Bass Harbor as often as we could, and every time we had to leave we cried,” O’Brien says. - Read more at Bangor Metro

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Trek to Freeport Fall Fest for lively weekend

This just in...... Boston Herald travel writer, Moira McCarthy promo...the Freeport Fall Festival coming up on the weekend of October 4 and 5. Have a look and come see FIORE on the grounds during the festival and at our Tasting Room at 58 Main Street, lower level any time. Check out the rest of the story on

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