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Is Online Learning for you?

Written by Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Northern Region Workforce Specialist and Regional Manager   Easy access to technology and the internet has opened up new possibilities for skill building and personal enrichment. At New Ventures Maine we have offered some online learning opportunities, and continue to explore how to best reach people through technology.   If you have never taken an online class, ask yourself the following: Am I too busy to …

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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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We’re Hiring!

  We have an immediate opening for a full-time Workforce Specialist position in Southern Maine.   The position will be based in South Portland with outreach and travel throughout Cumberland and York counties. The Workforce Specialist will coordinate and provide career/workforce and asset development training and other services. Responsibilities include outreach, planning, and delivering workforce and financial education training and advising to individuals in work/life transition, including unemployed and underemployed …

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Now Hiring: IT & Technology Jobs in Maine

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Specialist   Have you ever been interested in a career in technology or computing? If you have strong communication, organization, and problem-solving skills you are a strong candidate for an IT job. Best of all, there is no need to leave Maine to find training and a rewarding career in IT. In fact, Maine businesses need employees like you!   Why IT? Job …

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Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Written by SarahJoy Chaples North Central/Downeast Workforce Development Specialist   It’s spring and baseball season is well under way. Admittedly, I am not a baseball fan, but as a kid, I swung the bat a few times. Pretty much the only thing I remember is someone yelling, “Keep your eye on the ball.” When I’d close my eyes and swing, it was pretty much a guaranteed miss, but I actually …

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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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Participant Profile: Brooke Erwin, Boothbay

  Q. How did you learn about New Ventures Maine?    I learned about New Ventures Maine through the Boothbay Region Community Navigator. I met with the Community Navigator staff about a year ago because I was struggling financially and I wanted to learn how better to manage my money, as well as find ways in which I could save money for purchasing a home.   I was given a …

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Small Business Tax Prep, Easy as 1,2,3

Written by Jenn Dobransky (Microenterprise Specialist, Midcoast Region)   Transform Anxiety Taxes and record keeping can often be a source of confusion and anxiety for taxpayers.  These emotions are typically a result of a lack of knowledge that many start-up businesses have.  But with a little bit of information, that confusion dissipates and the anxiety transforms into empowerment.   Get Your Records in Order The first step in preparing your …

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