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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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Making the Most of Maine’s Job Fairs

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Development Specialist   If you are looking for a new career, visit one of the many job fairs offered this fall. Job fairs are a great place to learn about different companies, find available positions, and to connect with employers. You can find a list of Maine CareerCenter job fairs here.   Follow these tips to make the job fair work for you: …

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Mission Possible: The Importance and Power of the Small Business Mission Statement

Written by Jenn Dobransky, MidCoast Microenterprise Specialist   Loving & Knowing Doing what you love and what you know is the starting point for any small business. The exercise of creating a solid mission or vision statement for your business starts with the loving and knowing.   Articulating the direction and goals of your business, and doing so in a paragraph or less, sounds like an easy thing to accomplish. …

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Why we Can’t Afford NOT to Invest

Written by Chris Davis, Western Region Workforce Specialist  Many people have money sitting in their savings account or stashed in their freezer. This can be a good thing until you compare it to how much you would earn by investing a part of it each month. If fear or a lack of know-how keeps you from making the step towards investing, here is some info to help you move forward. …

NVME Gets Support for Rural Business Assistance

The USDA Rural Development office in Bangor has announced it is awarding New Ventures Maine $50,000 to support business assistance to new and emerging businesses in northern Maine. The grant funds will bring targeted technical assistance, training and networking to child care and other service and retail businesses in Aroostook County and the Katahdin Region.   The USDA Rural Development Funds are intended to benefit small and emerging businesses in …

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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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