Julie Bernier – South Portland

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Julie Bernier, NVME Southern Region Graduate

Where it Began

I make empowering art for women and girls and had been selling my product line at craft and art shows before being accepted into the Venturing Forth Entrepreneurship Training class at New Ventures Maine in 2015.

Taking Steps Towards My Goals

Coming into the class, my goals were to explore the idea of a brick and mortar retail store, learn more about managing finances, and develop a business plan. The support and education I received gave me the courage and tools to make my dream a reality.

My Dream Became a Reality

Earth Angel Arts Gift Shop & Creation Space opened on Valentine’s Day in 2017 in the historic Knightville neighborhood in South Portland. The business is run efficiently and intelligently using spreadsheets, bookkeeping methods, and social media tools – all of which were introduced and practiced during our classes.

My support team includes my local bank, legal, insurance and accounting professionals – all of whom I met or heard about as part of the Venturing Forth curriculum. Beyond that, I have an extensive network of community connections I continue to work with (Maine Women’s Network, SCORE mentor, Small Business Development Center, Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Coastal Enterprises, Inc. to name just a few).

Challenge and Joy

My biggest challenge coming into the program was mapping out a route to achieving my dream – it all seemed so overwhelming. My greatest joy is that I actually DID it! Remembering back to how scared I was about taking such bold and daring steps made celebrating the shop’s first anniversary so meaningful and rewarding. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to NVME.

Earth Angel Arts Gift Shop & Creation Space

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-06-20 June 20, 2018Start a BusinessAugustaCentral
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-08-02 August 02, 2018Start a BusinessMadawaskaNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-08-08 August 08, 2018Start a BusinessCaribouNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-08-09 August 09, 2018Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-08-14 August 14, 2018Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Business Basics2018-08-08 August 08, 2018
(ends August 22, 2018)
Start a BusinessMadawaskaNorthern
Starting a Child Care Business2018-09-06 September 06, 2018Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Customer Service: Focus on what matters2018-09-12 September 12, 2018Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Business Basics2018-09-11 September 11, 2018
(ends September 25, 2018)
Start a BusinessBangorNorth Central/Downeast
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2018-10-11 October 11, 2018Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-10-18 October 18, 2018Start a BusinessStatewide
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2018-11-08 November 08, 2018Start a BusinessOnlineStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-11-15 November 15, 2018Start a BusinessBoothbay HarborMidcoast
Business Basics2018-11-01 November 01, 2018
(ends November 15, 2018)
Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2018-08-28 August 28, 2018
(ends November 27, 2018)
Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2018-09-11 September 11, 2018
(ends December 11, 2018)
Start a BusinessBrunswickMidcoast
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2018-12-12 December 12, 2018Start a BusinessOnlineStatewide
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2018-09-26 September 26, 2018
(ends December 19, 2018)
Start a BusinessSouth PortlandSouthern