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Save Money at Tax Time with CA$H Maine

Written by Janet Smith (Regional Manager, Western Region)   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 …

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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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Roots and Wings: Gilda Nardone

  Our Executive Director, Gilda Nardone, has dedicated her whole life to helping Maine people achieve economic security. We would like to thank Gilda for giving career & passion to New Ventures Maine.   Read or listen to Gilda’s remarks from the Deborah Morton Award Ceremony to learn more about her story.     “I would like to add my heartfelt thanks for this honor.   In thinking about my remarks …

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It’s Never Too Late

  Have you been thinking about finishing your college degree?   Going back to school can be hard. It can mean balancing work, family, school, and homework. Even with these challenges, it is worth it. Click here to read more.   1-in-5 Mainers over age 24 have college credits but have not earned a degree. If the cost of tuition is holding you back, there are resources available to help you …

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7 Tips to Help Your Business Prepare for Tax Season

  If you are a business owner, now is a good time to start preparing for the coming tax season.   Here are 7 tips to help you prepare: Check your estimated taxes against last year’s tax liability. If needed, adjust your estimated tax payments for the rest of the year to avoid underpayment.  If you know you will owe money at tax time, set aside funds now to avoid …

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