Venturing Forth Class Graduates in Brunswick

Venturing Forth Class Graduates in Brunswick

Eight entrepreneurs recently graduated from our MidCoast’s Venturing Forth class. Venturing Forth is a 60-hour course in business planning. This class covered in-depth topics like understanding your customer, competition, marketing, record keeping, taxes, finances, legal aspects, and more. At the end of the class, graduates presented their completed business plans. 2016 Venturing Forth class graduates included: Christine Macchi of Dresden, owner of Christine Macchi Photography and Craft Traveler Tamara Barry, co-owner of …

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Career Re-launchers: A Gem of the Workforce

  Are you are planning on returning to work after taking an extended career break?  Venturing back into the workforce can be nerve wracking, especially as we age (ripen!). Many worry that seeing a gap in a resume can raise an eyebrow of an employer. Some fear the employer may wonder if your skills are relevant, or if you have a clear sense of a career direction. As you will hear …

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Mini-Grants: A Catalyst for Growth

  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 take place two times a year. These competitions take …

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Save Money at Tax Time with CA$H Maine

CA$H Maine is one of over 12,000 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs across the country that the IRS relies on to help people file their taxes for free. In 2016, CA$H Maine’s IRS certified volunteers helped over 5,000 Maine people qualify for and keep 100% of their refunds. This adds up to over $6,000,000 that people received without worrying about hidden fees or unexpected charges.   Who Can Get …

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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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Holiday Time: Financial North Star

  The Urban Dictionary defines the North Star as “something that is constant and dependable in an ever-changing world.” What if we considered the holidays our financial North Star?   Consider the values that guide spending at holiday time: A desire to be generous. To live joyfully within your means. A commitment to shopping with intention. Seeking opportunities to be creative: homemade gifts given from the heart! Enjoying free resources in your …

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Hide and Seek: 3 Tips to Find Your Financial Goals

  Do you want to work towards your money goals, but can’t find room in your budget? Do you make ends meet from month to month, but scramble when seasonal bills come due? Do you want to rein in your spending habits, but have a hard time not spending money when you have it in hand?   Here’s how you can give your financial goals more power – by hiding …

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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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Dealing with Disappointment

  You set your goals. You take steps towards action. Yet it doesn’t turn out as you hoped.   What do you do?   One of the biggest challenges in sustaining your confidence and building resilience is dealing with disappointment.   Whether you are going after your dream job, putting yourself and your ideas forward at work and in other leadership roles, running for political office, or closing the sale, …

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