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8 Tips for Saving Money this Spring

Written by Jean Dempster, Central Region Microenterprise Specialist and Regional Manager    Saving money is one of those tasks that is much easier said than done! There’s more to it than spending less money, although that part alone can be a challenge.   Here are some tips to set realistic goals, keep your spending in check, and make saving a priority! 1. Set savings goals. If you want to buy a …

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Now Hiring: IT & Technology Jobs in Maine

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Specialist   Have you ever been interested in a career in technology or computing? If you have strong communication, organization, and problem-solving skills you are a strong candidate for an IT job. Best of all, there is no need to leave Maine to find training and a rewarding career in IT. In fact, Maine businesses need employees like you!   Why IT? Job …

Photos from Farmers Market in Augusta

Have you visited your local farmers’ market lately? The service is friendly and the food is fresh!

Farmers markets provide agricultural education, healthy food, and money spent at farmers markets stays in the local economy.  Farmers selling locally create jobs and draw customers to area businesses, making this growing trend a win-win for communities.   Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to be a “foodie” to enjoy the nutritious selection at the farmers’ market.  Many people come primarily to meet the farmers who grow their food, and …

Internship Opportunity

Internship Opportunity

Micro Enterprise Research Internship Flexible schedule, 150 – 200 hours, Evening availability required Based in Augusta $12.50/hr.   Background: NVME has provided entrepreneurship training and technical assistance for 30 years and is active in advocating for policies and programs that support entrepreneurship development, particularly in rural areas. As a member of E-Tracker, a national project of The Aspen Institute, Washington, D.C., NVME tracks performance and outcomes designed specifically for the …

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Welcome to our New Staff

New Ventures Maine is pleased to announce the addition of two new Workforce Specialists. Sherrie Brann is based at UMA’s Handley Hall in Augusta and will provide career planning and financial education services in Kennebec and Somerset Counties.  She has a BA in English from the University of Maine (first in her family to graduate with a degree) and a MS in Education from Walden University.  Sherrie lives in Sidney, …

We’re Hiring!

  We are excited to announce that we are hiring two Workforce Development Specialists in our Central and Western Regions! Workforce Development Specialist TWO POSITIONS AVAILABLE Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community (soon to be known as New Ventures Maine) has immediate openings for two Workforce Development Specialists (WDS).​ Position One (Central Region) will be based in Augusta with outreach and travel throughout Kennebec and Somerset counties.​ Position Two …

Before You Jump Into the Job Search…

…take these steps: Identify your thoughts, fears, and frustrations around your former job and acquiring a new job. Examine your financial needs.  Who can you turn to for help and support? What programs are available in your community? Are you eligible for unemployment benefits? Conduct a self-assessment. Take stock of your interests, skills, abilities, and experiences.  Are there common themes? What did you like best and what did you like …

Augusta New Ventures class present business plans

 New Ventures class members took a break from business plan presentations Wednesday to pose with Microenterprise trainer Jean Dempster (front middle) above.  Below Senator Tom Saviello stopped by to hear constituent Melissa Alleborn’s business plan presentation. Presentations continue next Wednesday. Congratulations, all!

Pop-Up Stores add Buzz to Maine’s Downtowns

By Gigi Guyton, Women, Work, and Community Special to the Bangor Daily News Microsoft’s launch of 32 pop-up stores this holiday season demonstrates that even the big retailers are looking for ways to stand out in an inconsistent consumer climate. But you don’t have to be a Microsoft to have a pop-up store of your own. Pop-up stores are temporary retail outlets that spring up in empty retail settings. You …

ONLINE: Two distance learning options for Career Planning this Fall!

ONLINE: Two distance learning options for Career Planning this Fall!

WWC is excited to offer two options: ONLINE and BLENDED. BLENDED: Begins week of October 15, and has live class meetings the first and last weeks. In the four intervening weeks, students will work on their own online, with direction and resources provided weekly.  Students have a choice of live sessions  in Belfast, Augusta, or Rockland (choose one). For this class, the registration deadline is September 28. For more information …

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