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6 Tips for Small Business Tax Readiness

Written by Jenn Dobransky, Midcoast Region Microenterprise Specialist   Are you self-employed? If you are thinking about doing your own taxes this year, here are six tips that can help you feel prepared: Open a separate business banking account to make record keeping easy. This can be a DBA, doing business as, account. It is important to separate your business finances from your personal finances. This will make tax time …

Head shot of Rosalind, the owner of RosWerks, and recipient of the fall 2017 marketing mini-grant competition.

Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in Aroostook County

We are happy to announce the winner of our fall 2017 Marketing Mini-Grant competition for small businesses in Aroostook County. One awardee was selected from a strong group of applicants throughout Aroostook County. Congratulations, RosWerks Design & Photography! RosWerks Design & Photography in Linneus, Maine received an award of $400. The marketing mini-grant will help RosWerks acquire a professionally built website with the necessary training to maintain and update the site themselves. …

Lincey standing in her studio

Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in Western Maine

We are excited to announce the winner of our fall 2017 Marketing Mini-Grant competition for small businesses in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties.   Congratulations Lincey Viel and Arthlin Jewelry! The fall 2017 Marketing Mini-Grant was awarded to Arthlin Jewelry LLC of Auburn, Maine. Arthlin Jewelry was selected from a strong group of applicants throughout the western Maine region. Criteria for the contest included gross revenue criteria and having five or fewer employees. …

Abby on her boat.

Long Cove Sea Farm Receives Marketing Mini-Grant

Congratulations to Abby Barrows & Long Cove Sea Farm! We are excited to announce that Abby Barrows, owner of Long Cove Sea Farm, has been selected as our fall 2017 Marketing Mini-Grant recipient in our North Central/Downeast Region! About Abby Abby Barrows, the owner of Long Cove Sea Farm, grew up in Stonington, ME, which has a strong waterfront culture. She has been very interested in oyster aquaculture for many years. As she …

Photo of Lynne Somerman in a blue shirt standing in front of a brick wall.

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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Fall Chores for the Small Business Owner

Written by Eloise Vitelli, Director of Program and Policy Development   One of the great pleasures of living in New England is the change of seasons. The transition to fall is a personal favorite. This time of year brings the bounty of the summer harvests, cooler temperatures, and beautiful fall colors. It is a time for fall chores: stack the wood, clear out the garden, tidy up the yard.   …

Wooden red heart next to leafs.

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. …

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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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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