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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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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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Money Savings Vessels Make Dreams Come True

Written by Gigi Guyton, Southern Region Regional Manager & Microenterprise Specialist   When I moved into my new home, I was struck by this large jar that was left behind by the previous owners. They had fake flowers stuck in it, but I had another idea in mind: What if I make this my newest savings vessel? In my former house, I kept an interesting tin box by the washer …

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Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in Southern Maine

Flora Brown, owner of Frinklepod Farm in Arundel, outpitched six other contestants to be been named the winner of New Ventures Maine Southern Region’s $400 Marketing Mini-Grant Pitch Competition. The contest was held at University College at Saco on May 23, 2017.   “I am so excited to receive this news, and I appreciate all the feedback that was offered me. Thank you again for this opportunity and award!” said …

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7 Bookkeeping Tips Now for Taming Tax Time Later

Written by Gigi Guyton, Southern Region Microenterprise Specialist and Regional Manager    Now that tax season is behind us, many small business owners are probably thinking, “Thank goodness that’s over! Now let’s just focus on summer in Maine.” But guess what, we’re already into the Second Quarter of 2017. If gathering your 2016 tax info and getting your small business taxes filed was a pain, start getting your 2017 books in …

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We’re Hiring!

  We have an immediate opening for a full-time Workforce Specialist position in Southern Maine.   The position will be based in South Portland with outreach and travel throughout Cumberland and York counties. The Workforce Specialist will coordinate and provide career/workforce and asset development training and other services. Responsibilities include outreach, planning, and delivering workforce and financial education training and advising to individuals in work/life transition, including unemployed and underemployed …

Daring Greatly

Written by Laurie McDonnell (Workforce Specialist, Southern Region) These two powerful words, dare greatly, were uttered many years ago by Theodore Roosevelt in his, “Citizenship in a Republic” speech on April 23rd, 1910.  They were reinvigorated recently by research professor and author, Brene Brown, when she wrote a book with those words as its title.   As someone who has taught Building Confidence classes for years, I find these words …

Maddie Purcell, owner of Fyood Kitchen in Portland

NVME’s Southern Region Awards Mini-Grant to Fyood Kitchen

Maddie Purcell, owner of Fyood Kitchen in Portland, is the Southern Region winner of New Ventures Maine’s Marketing Mini-Grant Pitch Competition. Fyood Kitchen is where cooks transform their mystery ingredients into delicious dishes, using a fully-stocked pantry and the beautiful professional kitchen at Fork Food Lab in Portland. Judges provide feedback based on presentation, taste and creativity, and cooks have the opportunity to try everyone else’s dishes, too. As Purcell …

New Ventures Maine Awards Downtown Dollars in Midcoast / Southern Region

  We are excited to announce the winners of our Midcoast / Southern Region Downtown Dollars Marketing Mini-Grant Competition for small businesses in Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo, and York Counties. Priority was given to projects located in or aimed at increased sales/presence in Main Street Maine or Maine Downtown Network communities. Funds for The Downtown Dollars Marketing Mini-Grant Competition was provided in part from The Betterment Fund.     The Winners …

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 …

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