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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 …

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Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Written by SarahJoy Chaples North Central/Downeast Workforce Development Specialist   It’s spring and baseball season is well under way. Admittedly, I am not a baseball fan, but as a kid, I swung the bat a few times. Pretty much the only thing I remember is someone yelling, “Keep your eye on the ball.” When I’d close my eyes and swing, it was pretty much a guaranteed miss, but I actually …

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Defining Success: We’re not all the same

Written by SarahJoy Chaples, North Central/Downeast Region   The mission of New Ventures Maine is helping people succeed. How do you know if you are becoming successful, especially when you’ve just started your business? How do you know if you are on the right trajectory?   Take a Step Back It’s easy to spend a lot of time looking at the bottom line, but the key to true success is …

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Small Business Tax Prep, Easy as 1,2,3

Written by Jenn Dobransky (Microenterprise Specialist, Midcoast Region)   Transform Anxiety Taxes and record keeping can often be a source of confusion and anxiety for taxpayers.  These emotions are typically a result of a lack of knowledge that many start-up businesses have.  But with a little bit of information, that confusion dissipates and the anxiety transforms into empowerment.   Get Your Records in Order The first step in preparing your …

Venturing Forth Class Graduates in Brunswick

Venturing Forth Class Graduates in Brunswick

Eight entrepreneurs recently graduated from our MidCoast’s Venturing Forth class. Venturing Forth is a 60-hour course in business planning. This class covered in-depth topics like understanding your customer, competition, marketing, record keeping, taxes, finances, legal aspects, and more. At the end of the class, graduates presented their completed business plans. 2016 Venturing Forth class graduates included: Christine Macchi of Dresden, owner of Christine Macchi Photography and Craft Traveler Tamara Barry, co-owner of …

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Career Re-launchers: A Gem of the Workforce

Written by Chris Davis (Workforce Specialist, Western Region)   Are you are planning on returning to work after taking an extended career break?  Venturing back into the workforce can be nerve wracking, especially as we age (ripen!). Many worry that seeing a gap in a resume can raise an eyebrow of an employer. Some fear the employer may wonder if your skills are relevant, or if you have a clear sense …

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Mini-Grants: A Catalyst for Growth

Written by Eloise Vitelli, Director of Program and Policy   Catalyst: “An agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action.”   For the past six years, NVME has provided Marketing Mini-Grants of up to $400 to over 130 small business owners around Maine.  We believe even small grants can serve as a catalyst for growth. How Does the Marketing Mini-Grant Process Work? NVME’s Marketing Mini-Grants are awarded through competitions that …

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Save Money at Tax Time with CA$H Maine

Written by Janet Smith (Regional Manager, Western Region)   CA$H Maine is one of over 12,000 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs across the country that the IRS relies on to help people file their taxes for free. In 2016, CA$H Maine’s IRS certified volunteers helped over 5,000 Maine people qualify for and keep 100% of their refunds. This adds up to over $6,000,000 that people received without worrying about …

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NVME Awards Marketing Mini-Grant in Western Maine

Congratulations to Pleasant River Farms in Mason Township for being selected as our Western Region’s Marketing Mini-Grant recipient for November 2016!   Dean and Deborah Richmond started this family farm ten years ago with a small herd of cattle.  This farm specializes in organic, grass-fed beef. They are currently the only Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association (MOFCA) certified organic beef producer in Oxford County. To meet their commitment to …

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