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Midcoast Marketing Mini-Grant Pitch Awarded

  The Midcoast Office of New Ventures Maine and a panel of judges representing the local business community awarded our full mini-grant of $400 to David Jacobson. His business, Jacobson Glass Studio, is located in Montville and has been in operation for about three years.   David has positioned his studio very successfully as a destination and himself as a high-end glass maker. He has recently renovated and upgraded his …

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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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Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in Western Maine

Written by Karleen Andrews, Western Region Microenterprise Specialist   We are excited to announce the winners of its marketing mini-grant competition for small businesses in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties! The mini-marketing grant for May 2017 was shared between two businesses. They are Needless, Co of Lewiston and Sew Crazy of Wilton, Maine. The funds from the New Ventures Maine Marketing Mini-Grant will be used towards elements of the marketing …

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Marketing Mini-Grants Awarded in Aroostook County

Written by Karin Petrin, Northern Region Microenterprise Specialist   We are excited to announce the winners of our Marketing Mini-grant competition for small businesses in Aroostook County!  Two awardees were selected from a strong group of applicants.   Two Rivers Lunch at 75 Dickey Road in the Allagash received an award of $200.   Conveniently located at the confluence of the Allagash and St. John Rivers, Two Rivers Lunch provides a …

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Participant Profile: Pam Olson

Pam Olson, owner of The Lady’s Room, an upscale women’s consignment boutique in Damariscotta, came to New Ventures Maine as she was in the process of opening her very first business. Pam remembers, “I had never worked in retail and knew practically nothing about the ‘behind the scenes’ of owning your own business.”   In the throes of start-up, Pam enrolled in New Ventures Maine’s twelve-week business planning class. “The …

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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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Spring Small Business Strategy

Written by Karleen Andrews, Western Region Microenterprise Specialist   Does your business feel like it is just coming out of hibernation? Over the winter, perhaps you had your collar turned up against the extremes of high operating expenses and lower revenues. Now, you are hungry for sales, and you may turn in any direction to find them. This is a great time to evaluate the business, develop a plan and …

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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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