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 …

From Cheering to Participating: Maine Eye Center

You  never know when a spectator might get bitten by the competitive bug. Just ask a few employees from Maine Eye Center (MEC) – which now has two teams competing in this year’s REV3 sheJAMs All Women’s Olympic Triathlon in OOB on Aug. 24th, 2014. While cheering on their co-workers Jennifer Lummis (swimmer), Maria Barton (biker), and Lisa McCann (runner) of Team Maine Eye Center last year, Robin Silva and …

Maine Startup and Create Week!

Maine Startup and Create Week! A week long conference in Portland, Maine June 12 – 20, 2014 Women, Work, and Community is proud to be a part of Maine Startup and Create Week! Come join us in celebrating the community of passionate entrepreneurs in Maine. Maine Startup & Create Week (MSCW) is an eight-day celebration (from June 12-20) of startups, innovators, entrepreneurs and creatives in Portland and across the state. MSCW …

Marketing Mini-Grant Pitch Contest! June 9, 2014

Pitch your marketing project for your small business and win up to $400! Are you eligible?  If you are a small business owner located in Cumberland or York Counties with four employees or less, you are eligible to make a pitch! Who should apply? Individual entrepreneurs, family businesses, and other small businesses may apply for the Women, Work, and Community marketing mini-grant program. Start-ups as well as established businesses are welcome to …

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 …

BDN Article: Lessons learned from a Woman@Play

I know this column is about Women@Work, but come on ladies, who doesn’t love to have a little fun in the summer in Maine? I’ve been training for the REV3 sheJAMs Triathlon. I’m the runner on a relay team with two coworkers — one of whom is my boss. My partner has put together her own relay team at her work. She, and my boss, are both the swimmers on …

Reflections of a small business trainer

Reflections of a small business trainer

    By Gigi Guyton Reprinted from the Bangor Daily News This is the stuff that makes a small business trainer’s heart sing. A springtime flurry of emails and phone calls from entrepreneurs checking in with their big news: a feature in a national magazine, a successful Kickstarter campaign, a graduation from an accelerated entrepreneurship program. “The proud moments are always when an entrepreneur calls with great news about their …

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