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Defining Success: We’re not all the same

Written by SarahJoy Chaples, North Central/Downeast Region   The mission of New Ventures Maine is helping people succeed. How do you know if you are becoming successful, especially when you’ve just started your business? How do you know if you are on the right trajectory?   Take a Step Back It’s easy to spend a lot of time looking at the bottom line, but the key to true success is …

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 …

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Mini-Grants: A Catalyst for Growth

Written by Eloise Vitelli, Director of Program and Policy   Catalyst: “An agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action.”   For the past six years, NVME has provided Marketing Mini-Grants of up to $400 to over 130 small business owners around Maine.  We believe even small grants can serve as a catalyst for growth. How Does the Marketing Mini-Grant Process Work? NVME’s Marketing Mini-Grants are awarded through competitions that …

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NVME Awards Marketing Mini-Grant in Western Maine

Congratulations to Pleasant River Farms in Mason Township for being selected as our Western Region’s Marketing Mini-Grant recipient for November 2016!   Dean and Deborah Richmond started this family farm ten years ago with a small herd of cattle.  This farm specializes in organic, grass-fed beef. They are currently the only Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association (MOFCA) certified organic beef producer in Oxford County. To meet their commitment to …

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 …

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New Ventures Maine Receives an AARP Foundation Grant

  New Ventures Maine is among 17 community-based organizations selected to receive funds to help older adults build the skills to work for themselves.   Augusta, ME – AARP Foundation has awarded a generous grant to New Ventures Maine (NVME) to conduct Work for Yourself@50+℠ workshops in communities around the state beginning in Portland, Bangor, and Lewiston. This national grant initiative is designed to help vulnerable older adults assess opportunities …

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7 Tips to Help Your Business Prepare for Tax Season

  If you are a business owner, now is a good time to start preparing for the coming tax season.   Here are 7 tips to help you prepare: Check your estimated taxes against last year’s tax liability. If needed, adjust your estimated tax payments for the rest of the year to avoid underpayment.  If you know you will owe money at tax time, set aside funds now to avoid …

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New Ventures Maine Gets Support for Marketing Mini-grants

  New Ventures Maine (NVME) has been helping small enterprises boost their marketing and grow their businesses for over 7 years through small grant awards.  Mini-grants of not more than $400 are awarded several times a year through a competitive application to businesses that have 5 or fewer full-time employees and annual sales of $250,000 or less.   Now, the Marketing Mini-grant program itself has gotten a boost through investments …

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 …

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Have you visited your local farmers’ market lately? The service is friendly and the food is fresh!

Farmers markets provide agricultural education, healthy food, and money spent at farmers markets stays in the local economy.  Farmers selling locally create jobs and draw customers to area businesses, making this growing trend a win-win for communities.   Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to be a “foodie” to enjoy the nutritious selection at the farmers’ market.  Many people come primarily to meet the farmers who grow their food, and …

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