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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 …

Aroostook Mini-Grant Awardees

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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Need to Bring in Extra Money? It’s Spring – Consider a Garage or Yard Sale!

Written by Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Northern Region Workforce Specialist and Regional Manager   There’s a trend in Maine communities – city and town-wide yard sales. Yard and garage sales are great opportunities for you to not only get rid of what you do not use anymore and make space in your home and living areas, but also to bring extra money into your household.   Tips For a Good Yard/Garage Sale: …

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Is Online Learning for you?

Written by Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Northern Region Workforce Specialist and Regional Manager   Easy access to technology and the internet has opened up new possibilities for skill building and personal enrichment. At New Ventures Maine we have offered some online learning opportunities, and continue to explore how to best reach people through technology.   If you have never taken an online class, ask yourself the following: Am I too busy to …

New Ventures Maine Awards Downtown Dollars in Northern Maine

New Ventures Maine Awards Downtown Dollars in Northern Maine

  We are excited to announce the winners of our Downtown Dollars marketing mini-grant competition for small businesses in Aroostook County.  Two awardees were selected from a strong group of applicants throughout Aroostook County.   Wicked Water Graphics on Main Street in Madawaska received an award of $300. The business is a Factory Certified and Factory Trained Company in Hydrographic Printing. This process is also known as Camo Dipping, Liquid …

Karin Petrin, NVME Microenterprise Specialist

Welcoming New Microenterprise Specialist

  We are pleased to announce the addition of a new Microenterprise Specialist staff member in Presque Isle.   Karin Petrin is based at University of Maine at Presque Isle in Preble Hall and will provide small business development and personal financial management services in Aroostook County. She has an AAS in Business Administration from Northern Maine Community College and is completing a BS in Business Administration with an Accounting emphasis …

Women, Work, and Community Awards Downtown Dollars in Northern Maine

  Women, Work, and Community recently announced the winners of its Downtown Dollars marketing mini-grant competition for small businesses in Aroostook, Piscataquis, Washington, and Hancock counties.   The County Co-op and Farm Store on Main Street in Houlton received first prize of $400. The business is a consumer cooperative with more than 130 members operating a retail outlet open to the public. Their start-up in September 2014 included strong branding, …

Take Note of WWC Center Moves

Three centers moving and one opening.  This month our Bath/Brunswick, Saco, and Presque Isle centers will be moving to new locations. In addition, we will be opening a new outreach center in Ellsworth very soon. Please see below for more information.    WWC’s Bath/Brunswick Center  Moving: Friday, August 22, 2014 Reopening: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Phone numbers and email addresses for staff in this center will remain the same: Shelley …

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 …

Educating Entrepreneurs: Pathways to Success

          Educating entrepreneurs: Pathways to success By Erica Quin-Easter How do you make an entrepreneur? Education research and policy are rife with demands for professional development that gets measurable results: employment, earnings, promotion and business start-ups. Students too want to make sure their college degrees bring a positive return on investment over the long term. Successful entrepreneurs bring a mix of critical thinking, innovation, business acumen …

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