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The Simplest Budget of All

Written by Melinda Wildes, Workforce Specialist in NVME’s Midcoast Region, with Tina Ellis, New Ventures Maine graduate and recipient of the Gilda E. Nardone Scholarship    Have you promised yourself that this is the year you will finally start off with a budget?   Do you spend money and not remember where it went? Do you worry that you won’t be able to pay all your rent or mortgage on …

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New Goals for the New Year

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Development Specialist     Goal-setting is key to building confidence and success. It is important to keep our goals realistic, even as we stretch and grow. How do we set goals we can meet in 2018?   There are several tools that can help: Write it down. Writing a clear goal with a specific deadline keeps you accountable.   Break it up. Dividing …

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My Next Career Move Offered Statewide

  Are you or someone you know thinking about a career change?  Interested in starting college or completing a degree and want to find a field that will lead to job opportunities? The “My Next Career Move” class, offered online and in your community, will help you take charge of your career and create an action plan to achieve success.   Join this multi-session career exploration and planning class to: …

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Long Cove Sea Farm Receives Marketing Mini-Grant

Congratulations to Abby Barrows & Long Cove Sea Farm! We are excited to announce that Abby Barrows, owner of Long Cove Sea Farm, has been selected as our fall 2017 Marketing Mini-Grant recipient in our North Central/Downeast Region! About Abby Abby Barrows, the owner of Long Cove Sea Farm, grew up in Stonington, ME, which has a strong waterfront culture. She has been very interested in oyster aquaculture for many years. As she …

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Everyday Etiquette: 3 Tips for Success

Written by Melinda Wildes, Workforce Specialist in NVME’s Midcoast Region What is everyday etiquette? Perhaps it can be framed best as a practical application of the Golden Rule, “Treat everybody as you would like to be treated.”   In today’s climate, can we regain equilibrium through the practice of civility, courtesy, and showing respect to others around us?  The return to “etiquette awareness” is a step in restoring dignity and …

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Money Management for the Holidays

Written by Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Northern Region Workforce Specialist and Regional Manager   Spending over the holiday season can be stressful and leave you feeling like the New Year is not so happy! Here are a few ideas to keep in mind as you prepare for this holiday season:   Make a Budget and Stick to it Make a list of what you and whom you need to buy for and …

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Southern Region Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded

  Lynne Somerman, owner of The Wiser Miser, LLC in South Portland, outpitched other contestants to be named the winner of New Ventures Maine’s Southern Region Fall 2017 Marketing Mini-Grant Pitch Competition.   The contest was held at New Ventures Maine’s South Portland office on November 6th. Somerman will receive $400 towards investing in targeted Facebook ads to increase company awareness. The Wiser Miser, LLC offers financial coaching and virtual …

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Staying Self-Confident During Job Search

Written by Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Northern Region Workforce Specialist and Regional Manager  You have been diligently searching for work. You contact and approach employers, network with friends and others, and have even had a few interviews that you thought went well. Yet, no successful job offer has been made.   At first, you might feel a bit annoyed and frustrated. After months of trying and still no job, many of us …

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Celebrating 3 Totally Trades! Fall Conferences

  Nearly 350 female students in total attended Totally Trades! conferences this fall. Events were held at the Mid-Coast School of Technology (Rockland), Washington County Community College (Calais), and Foster Career and Technical Education Center (Farmington).   Totally Trades! conferences are day-long events designed to encourage girls to consider careers in fields traditionally underrepresented by women. Each conference provides hands-on workshop sessions focused on trade and technical careers. Large group …

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How to Write a Resume – Think Like a Boss

Writen by Janet Smith, Regional Manager and Workforce Specialist in NVME’s Western Region   There are many good guidelines and tips for writing an effective resume. One good rule of thumb is to “Think like a Boss.” The following tips will help you do just that!   Highlight Your Skills A boss wants to hire someone who can do the job and do it well. The job description and advertisement …

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