Kennebec Valley Family Dentistry obtains $100,000 grant

Delta Dental Plan of Maine Board of Directors recently approved a $100,000 grant to Kennebec Valley Family Dentistry, located at 269 Water St. in Augusta, according to a news release from the North East Delta Dental.

Founded as a safety-net dental center in 2008, its mission is to provide affordable, quality dental care to limited income, underinsured and uninsured children and adults in southern Kennebec County.

The $100,000 grant awarded through the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation enabled the dental center to move forward with plans to renovate and occupy space at the Ballard Center at 6 Chestnut St. — the former site of MaineGeneral Medical Center. The larger space will allow the business to expand its treatment capacity by increasing from four treatment rooms at its current location to eight. It also will enhance the training provided to fourth-year dental student externs at the University of New England College of Dental Medicine.

Kathleen B. Walker, treasurer of the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation said the foundation awarded the grant because “we’re attracted to sustainable oral health programs with widespread community support.” The relocation is expected to make the practice more accessible to its patients, since several of its referral partners have moved to the Ballard Center.

Maine salon chain wins national accolade

Green With Envy Salon in Maine, owned by Marlene Cohn, recently was named to the Salon Today 200 by Salon Today, based in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

Salon Today is the leading business media for salon and spa owners. The salon has four locations, in Augusta, Belfast, Camden and Rockland. The locally owned, women-operated business employs nearly 40 people.

The magazine’s 20th annual Salon Today 200 issue profiled the selected salons in its January 2017 edition. The 200 salons were honored for their best business practices from applications submitted by Salon Today readers, who represent the 20,000 top-producing salons and spas in the country.

The magazine honored applicants in 11 best practice categories, including compensation and benefits, customer service, employee education, inventory management, philanthropy, planned profitability, retail and merchandising, retention and referral programs, salon culture, and technology and growth. Green with Envy Salon was honored for growth.

New Augusta law firm opens

Attorneys Daniel Stevens and Avery Day have announced their partnership in a new Augusta law firm, Stevens & Day, LLP, in a news release from the firm.

The business opened its doors Jan. 1, taking the place of the Law Offices of Daniel J. Stevens, LLC, the boutique practice founded by Stevens in 2015.

The partners will maintain the prior firm’s office location and staff while expanding its range of services and capacity to take on new work. Stevens, a Winthrop resident and a former partner at Maine’s largest law firm and leader of its Augusta practice group, will focus his efforts on representing individuals and families who have been seriously injured or suffered a death as a result of an accident. He also will continue to provide counsel for clients involved in business, real estate, and will and trust disputes.

Day will complement Stevens with a general practice that includes matters such as wills and trusts, real estate transactions, corporate formation, and counsel for small businesses. He also will handle the firm’s administrative law matters, practicing before various state agencies and regulatory boards.

Day comes to the partnership having most recently served as chief legal counsel to Gov. Paul LePage and as acting commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Day also has served U.S. Sen. Susan Collins as a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C., leaving that role to attend Harvard Law School, where he earned his doctorate in 2009. He then joined Maine’s largest law firm, where he worked for five years alongside Stevens in the firm’s Augusta office.

Manchester Dollar General grand opening set

Dollar General’s newest store, at 1022 Western Ave. in Manchester, will celebrate its grand opening at 8 a.m. Feb. 18 with free prizes and special deals, according to a news release from the company.

Also, the first 100 adult shoppers at the store will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card, and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag, among other giveaways.

Dollar General stores offers a focused selection of national name brands and private brands of food, housewares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel and health and beauty products. Most Dollar General stores employ six to 10 people, the company said.

U.S. Cellular hires regional sales manager

U.S. Cellular has named Gerry Wilson business area sales manager for the New England region, which includes Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, according to a news release from the company.

Wilson directs the sales efforts of his business team, helping to deliver solution-based mobile technologies for small and medium-sized New England businesses, including mobile device management, machine-to-machine, Internet of Things devices, telemetry and other types of wireless solutions, networking, and connectivity that meet their specific needs. Wilson is a veteran leader in the business and retail channels, bringing more than 26 years of experience to U.S. Cellular.

Wilson is returning to U.S. Cellular after having worked for the company from 2000 to 2007 in positions such as director of sales operations and senior manager-business distribution. Most recently, Wilson has held leadership positions in the business and retail channels for IPCS Wireless, AT &T Wireless, and Metro PCS/T-Mobile. He resides in Windham with his wife, Sally, having relocated from Denver, Colorado.

Compiled from contributed releases. For more business news, see centralmaine.com.

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