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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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8 Tips for Saving Money this Spring

Written by Jean Dempster, Central Region Microenterprise Specialist and Regional Manager    Saving money is one of those tasks that is much easier said than done! There’s more to it than spending less money, although that part alone can be a challenge.   Here are some tips to set realistic goals, keep your spending in check, and make saving a priority! 1. Set savings goals. If you want to buy a …

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Need to Bring in Extra Money? It’s Spring – Consider a Garage or Yard Sale!

Written by Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Northern Region Workforce Specialist and Regional Manager   There’s a trend in Maine communities – city and town-wide yard sales. Yard and garage sales are great opportunities for you to not only get rid of what you do not use anymore and make space in your home and living areas, but also to bring extra money into your household.   Tips For a Good Yard/Garage Sale: …

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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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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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