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Welcoming Our New Workforce Specialist

  We are pleased to welcome our new Southern Region Workforce Specialist, Lisa Sweet!   Lisa will be providing career planning and financial education services in Cumberland and York Counties from our Centers in South Portland and the University College at Saco. She joins our staff from the University of Southern Maine (USM), where she recently held the position of Associate Director of Admissions, Graduate Programs.   Lisa is a leader with …

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Is Finding a Mentor Right for You – YES!

 Written by SarahJoy Chaples North Central/Downeast Workforce Development Specialist   “Where are we meeting for coffee?” It’s time to sit down with my mentor for our monthly check-in. This one hour (sometimes more!) out of my month is one that I cherish. It inspires, refocuses, validates, and challenges me.   Find Someone Who Can Guide You Through the Forest Do you know the saying “you can’t see the forest for …

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North Central Down East Mini-Grant Awarded

  We are pleased to announce Moose Woods Guide Service as the recipient of this year’s marketing mini-grant for our North Central Down East Region!   Moose Woods Guide Service focuses on creating high-quality outdoor recreational experiences for those visiting the Katahdin Region. This year-round business utilizes the collaborative approach of Maine Guides to create unique experiences for their customers. They pride themselves on individualized itineraries, including their family friendly …

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Is Your Message Being Heard?

Written by Karin Petrin, Northern Region Microenterprise Specialist   You spend significant time and money trying to grab your customers’ attention. You put ads in newspapers, on social media, and on television to be seen or heard above a continuous barrage of advertisements. So what makes a successful advertising campaign?   Here are some pointers: Clearly identify your customer. Who are you trying to reach?   Know the purpose and …

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It’s Your Time: Enroll in a Fall Class

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Specialist   School’s out for summer! Your kids are at the finish line of another school year – now is a great time to start thinking about doing something for you!   Consider enrolling in a fall course, either in person or online.   University College centers across Maine make it easy to find a class close to home. There are centers in: …

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5 Saving Strategies

Written by Erica Quin-Easter, Midcoast Regional Manager and Workforce Specialist   We all have financial goals and dreams. Sometimes, we struggle to put our goals into action while living paycheck to paycheck. Regardless of our income levels, our spending tends to rise and fall in proportion to the money we have available.   It can be frustrating to feel like you’re stuck with no savings even when your financial situation …

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Finances Through the Ages

We asked two financial education graduates to share their thoughts after completing their class. Lea & Joan have 88 years of experience together and 5 decades of difference between their ages. Let’s hear what they had to share after participating in the class!   Lea Machnitzky, age 19: I learned about the class when I picked up an Adult Education catalog. I saw this great free opportunity to learn more …

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Midcoast Marketing Mini-Grant Pitch Awarded

  The Midcoast Office of New Ventures Maine and a panel of judges representing the local business community awarded our full mini-grant of $400 to David Jacobson. His business, Jacobson Glass Studio, is located in Montville and has been in operation for about three years.   David has positioned his studio very successfully as a destination and himself as a high-end glass maker. He has recently renovated and upgraded his …

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Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in Western Maine

Written by Karleen Andrews, Western Region Microenterprise Specialist   We are excited to announce the winners of its marketing mini-grant competition for small businesses in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties! The mini-marketing grant for May 2017 was shared between two businesses. They are Needless, Co of Lewiston and Sew Crazy of Wilton, Maine. The funds from the New Ventures Maine Marketing Mini-Grant will be used towards elements of the marketing …

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Marketing Mini-Grants Awarded in Aroostook County

Written by Karin Petrin, Northern Region Microenterprise Specialist   We are excited to announce the winners of our Marketing Mini-grant competition for small businesses in Aroostook County!  Two awardees were selected from a strong group of applicants.   Two Rivers Lunch at 75 Dickey Road in the Allagash received an award of $200.   Conveniently located at the confluence of the Allagash and St. John Rivers, Two Rivers Lunch provides a …

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