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 …

Serve it up: Making the most of customer service

Serve it up: Making the most of customer service

          Serve it up: Making the most of customer service By Erica Quineaster, as printed in the Bangor Daily News When was the last time you got really great customer service? When I moved to Aroostook County, I had a boiler installed by Daigle Oil Company. The company’s service didn’t stop there: The next week I received a handwritten note from the manager thanking me for …

Totally Trades Spring 2013

Successful Totally Trades events were held in April in Bangor at United Technologies Center and in Presque Isle at Northern Maine Community College.  Nearly 250 girls attended hands-on workshops in areas such as heavy equipment operation, construction,welding, cable technician and automotive.  In Bangor a panel of  women employed in nontraditional careers  offered personal insights around their chosen career paths and pointers for success in the field.  In Presque Isle a …

Mission-driven: The path to nonprofit entrepreneurship

Mission-driven: The path to nonprofit entrepreneurship

By Erica Quineaster As printed in the Bangor Daily News   Entrepreneurs – successful ones – learn to keep an eye on the proverbial bottom-line. Mission-driven entrepreneurs often have their sights on a dual — or triple — bottom line: they see a need and want to meet it. If you want to do good and do well, how do you know what model is best for your venture? Are …

Better Together: The Benefit of Cooperative Businesses

  By Erica Quin-Easter,  Special to the Bangor Daily News What is a cooperative? Cooperatives are jointly owned enterprises controlled by consumers, producers or workers who create a collaborative business that meets their common needs. Seven principles guide the cooperative movement: voluntary and open membership; democratic member control; member economic participation; autonomy and independence; education, training and information; cooperation among cooperatives; and concern for community. Cooperatives are an integral part …

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