2012-09-21 / Business Review

Business Briefs

Rebecca Peters, an eight-year team member, certified trainer and server at LongHorn Steakhouse in South Portland, has been presented with LongHorn’s top honor for local restaurant employees – the Team Member of the Year Award.

Peters is one of four team members selected this year from the more than 390 LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants in North America.

Her recognition is a result of an ongoing commitment to training her fellow team members on new menu items and processes, her willingness to perform any role during a shift and, most importantly, her efforts to help the South Portland LongHorn be a positive force in the community. For example, Peters organized a community bake sale to raise funds for a fellow employee’s mother who was ill. She also participated in a local radio station’s “can drive,” recruited other restaurants to join the cause and contributed more than $1,000 in can deposits for local causes. Lastly, she keeps track of her regular guests’ birthdays and anniversaries and brings in cards and balloons for these guests to make their celebrations special.

“Rebecca is a highly valued team member who understands the importance of doing things the right way, helping us achieve our goal to become America’s favorite steakhouse,” said Dave George, president of LongHorn Steakhouse. “She puts a tremendous amount of effort into her work and is tireless when it comes to ensuring guests have a memorable LongHorn experience. As a result, we are honored to recognize Rebecca’s contribution to helping the South Portland LongHorn be a superior performing restaurant where guests can count on receiving a warm, friendly welcome.”

Port Resources, a provider of services to Mainers with developmental, behavioral and mental health challenges, formally opened its new headquarters, training center and mental health clinic at 280B Gannett Drive, South Portland.

“This building is the hub of Port Resources’ work with adults and children with developmental disabilities such as autism and Down Syndrome, traumatic brain injuries and mental health challenges,” said Diane Procida, president of the Port Resources board of directors.

Port Resources is one of the larger social service agencies in Maine and employs several hundred individuals. It serves nearly 100 individuals in two dozen group homes and hundreds more through community-based programs.

Greener Postures, a heated vinyasa yoga studio in South Portland, will launch its second space in West Falmouth at West Falmouth Crossing on Route 100.

Heidi MacVane and Danielle Toolan opened their first studio in 2010. The second location will have one large, heated studio and a smaller space that offers the opportunity for a variety of classes including unheated, prenatal, restorative and childrens’ and teens’ classes.

The new studio will offer 36 classes a week.

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