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Celebrate Stress-Free this Holiday Season

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Development Specialist  Most of us enjoy celebrating with our friends and families during this time. Many of us also find ourselves stressed about the added costs of the holiday season. Let’s make a plan to get more enjoyment out of our celebrations this year!   Take Inventory Make a list of holiday items you already have on hand. When you realize you already …

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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.   …

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Totally Trades: Deirdre Wadsworth

  We are very excited about the positive response to our Totally Trades! Conferences for middle and high school girls around the state! The Conferences provide hands-on opportunities for girls to explore careers in trade and technology fields, to learn about education and career pathways in these fields, and to be inspired by role models.   The Conferences are supported by the Maine Departments of Transportation and Education along with …

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MCEDV & NVME Receive Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Grant to Address Economic Abuse

  The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (MCEDV) is partnering with New Ventures Maine (NVME) to address economic abuse as a tactic of domestic violence abusers. This year-long collaborative project, funded by the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Grant, will involve domestic violence advocates from three domestic violence resource centers (DVRCs) across the state working with advocates from NVME centers to provide financial empowerment education, to study the impact of …

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Temporary Employment During the Holiday Season

Written by Lisa Sweet, Southern Region Workforce Development Specialist   As the leaves begin to turn and fall is upon us in Maine, we often begin to think about the upcoming holidays. If you are between jobs, looking for a new career, or want to earn extra money for the holidays, temporary seasonal employment might be the answer.   Temporary seasonal employers vary from season to season in Maine. In …

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Making the Most of Maine’s Job Fairs

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Development Specialist   If you are looking for a new career, visit one of the many job fairs offered this fall. Job fairs are a great place to learn about different companies, find available positions, and to connect with employers. You can find a list of Maine CareerCenter job fairs here.   Follow these tips to make the job fair work for you: …

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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. …

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Why we Can’t Afford NOT to Invest

Written by Chris Davis, Western Region Workforce Specialist  Many people have money sitting in their savings account or stashed in their freezer. This can be a good thing until you compare it to how much you would earn by investing a part of it each month. If fear or a lack of know-how keeps you from making the step towards investing, here is some info to help you move forward. …

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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Welcoming Our New Workforce Specialist

  We are pleased to welcome our new Southern Region Workforce Specialist, Lisa Sweet!   Lisa will be providing career planning and financial education services in Cumberland and York Counties from our Centers in South Portland and the University College at Saco. She joins our staff from the University of Southern Maine (USM), where she recently held the position of Associate Director of Admissions, Graduate Programs.   Lisa is a leader with …

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