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Money Management for the Holidays

Written by Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Northern Region Workforce Specialist and Regional Manager   Spending over the holiday season can be stressful and leave you feeling like the New Year is not so happy! Here are a few ideas to keep in mind as you prepare for this holiday season:   Make a Budget and Stick to it Make a list of what you and whom you need to buy for and …

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Southern Region Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded

  Lynne Somerman, owner of The Wiser Miser, LLC in South Portland, outpitched other contestants to be named the winner of New Ventures Maine’s Southern Region Fall 2017 Marketing Mini-Grant Pitch Competition.   The contest was held at New Ventures Maine’s South Portland office on November 6th. Somerman will receive $400 towards investing in targeted Facebook ads to increase company awareness. The Wiser Miser, LLC offers financial coaching and virtual …

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Staying Self-Confident During Job Search

Written by Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Northern Region Workforce Specialist and Regional Manager  You have been diligently searching for work. You contact and approach employers, network with friends and others, and have even had a few interviews that you thought went well. Yet, no successful job offer has been made.   At first, you might feel a bit annoyed and frustrated. After months of trying and still no job, many of us …

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Celebrating 3 Totally Trades! Fall Conferences

  Nearly 350 female students in total attended Totally Trades! conferences this fall. Events were held at the Mid-Coast School of Technology (Rockland), Washington County Community College (Calais), and Foster Career and Technical Education Center (Farmington).   Totally Trades! conferences are day-long events designed to encourage girls to consider careers in fields traditionally underrepresented by women. Each conference provides hands-on workshop sessions focused on trade and technical careers. Large group …

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How to Write a Resume – Think Like a Boss

Writen by Janet Smith, Regional Manager and Workforce Specialist in NVME’s Western Region   There are many good guidelines and tips for writing an effective resume. One good rule of thumb is to “Think like a Boss.” The following tips will help you do just that!   Highlight Your Skills A boss wants to hire someone who can do the job and do it well. The job description and advertisement …

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Celebrate Stress-Free this Holiday Season

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Development Specialist  Most of us enjoy celebrating with our friends and families during this time. Many of us also find ourselves stressed about the added costs of the holiday season. Let’s make a plan to get more enjoyment out of our celebrations this year!   Take Inventory Make a list of holiday items you already have on hand. When you realize you already …

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Fall Chores for the Small Business Owner

Written by Eloise Vitelli, Director of Program and Policy Development   One of the great pleasures of living in New England is the change of seasons. The transition to fall is a personal favorite. This time of year brings the bounty of the summer harvests, cooler temperatures, and beautiful fall colors. It is a time for fall chores: stack the wood, clear out the garden, tidy up the yard.   …

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Totally Trades: Deirdre Wadsworth

  We are very excited about the positive response to our Totally Trades! Conferences for middle and high school girls around the state! The Conferences provide hands-on opportunities for girls to explore careers in trade and technology fields, to learn about education and career pathways in these fields, and to be inspired by role models.   The Conferences are supported by the Maine Departments of Transportation and Education along with …

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MCEDV & NVME Receive Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Grant to Address Economic Abuse

  The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (MCEDV) is partnering with New Ventures Maine (NVME) to address economic abuse as a tactic of domestic violence abusers. This year-long collaborative project, funded by the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Grant, will involve domestic violence advocates from three domestic violence resource centers (DVRCs) across the state working with advocates from NVME centers to provide financial empowerment education, to study the impact of …

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Temporary Employment During the Holiday Season

Written by Lisa Sweet, Southern Region Workforce Development Specialist   As the leaves begin to turn and fall is upon us in Maine, we often begin to think about the upcoming holidays. If you are between jobs, looking for a new career, or want to earn extra money for the holidays, temporary seasonal employment might be the answer.   Temporary seasonal employers vary from season to season in Maine. In …

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