Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in Southern Maine

Two women in a greenhouse holding lettuceFlora Brown, owner of Frinklepod Farm in Arundel, outpitched six other contestants to be been named the winner of New Ventures Maine Southern Region’s $400 Marketing Mini-Grant Pitch Competition. The contest was held at University College at Saco on May 23, 2017.
 
“I am so excited to receive this news, and I appreciate all the feedback that was offered me. Thank you again for this opportunity and award!” said Brown after receiving notification of her winning the grant.
 
Frinklepod Farm will be using the award towards hiring a brand consultant and creative team with a goal of developing a brand strategy.
 
“Flora pitched an excellent, clear presentation,” said Gigi Guyton, regional manager and microenterprise specialist. “The judges thought her pitch was well thought out, in addition to presenting beautiful pitch images.”
 
The Southern Region (Cumberland and York County) judges were: Janet Ross, of Norway Savings Bank; Richard Flagg or Norway Savings Bank; former Mini-Grant winner Maddie Purcell of Fyood Kitchen; Sarah Hutchins, of New Ventures Maine; and Dan Philbrick, University College at Saco.
 
New Ventures Maine (NVME)’s marketing mini-grant program aims to strengthen access to markets for micro-businesses by supporting the development of marketing tools, materials, and activities. The mini-grants are funded in part by Norway Savings Bank.
 
The purpose of the Marketing Mini-Grant is to give business owners assistance with an outlined marketing project. The winner must show the ability to match the grant funds with their own.