Small Business Owners Make It Big with FairPoint

FairPoint Communications highlights small business stories across northern New England




Media Contacts:

Maine & New Hampshire:
Jeff Nevins

Sabina Haskell

PORTLAND, Maine (Nov. 29, 2011) - Three business owners in northern New England have been featured in the first wave of FairPoint Communications' Bigger than Small Spotlight Series based on their responses to the question: "Why is your business bigger than small?"

Considering that almost 60 percent of the private-sector jobs in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont come from the more than 360,000 small businesses in the region (according to the U.S. Small Business Administration), the issues and challenges that small business owners face daily are very big business.

FairPoint's Bigger than Small Spotlight Series will feature the stories of these business owners:

  • Randi Lee in Coventry, Vt., had an eye for photography and wanted to capture the biggest moments in people's lives - and spend more time with her kids.

  • Chris Coleman from Waldo, Maine, found inspiration in locations around northern New England - and wanted to share that inspiration with customers looking for a location to hold their "ultimate gathering."

  • Exeter, N.H., business owner Joe Paolini was approached by his brother (a heart surgeon) to create a network he could rely on; Joe's Global Network Systems allows his brother and his other clients to focus on what matters most, the health of their patients.

To learn more about Randi's, Chris' and Joe's Bigger than Small businesses, visit Businesses in communities across the 18 states FairPoint serves can submit their stories at for an opportunity to be featured in another round of the Bigger than Small Spotlight Series.

"We value the entrepreneurial spirit and energy of business owners like Randi, Chris and Joe," said Paul Sunu, chief executive officer. "We think of their businesses as bigger than small and we are proud to be a supportive technology and communications partner for them."

About FairPoint Communications, Inc.
FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: FRP) is a leading communications provider of high-speed Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other broadband services to customers in communities across 18 states. Through its fast, reliable network, FairPoint delivers affordable data and voice networking communications solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. FairPoint delivers VantagePointSM services through its resilient IP-based network in northern New England. This state-of-the-art network provides Ethernet connections that support video conferencing, e-learning and other broadband based applications. Additional information about FairPoint products and services is available at You can also connect with FairPoint on Twitter ( and Facebook (