New Ventures Maine recently announced winners of the Fall 2023 Marketing Mini-Grant competition. Martin Woods Farm in Starks is the NVME Marketing Mini-Grant awardee from Central Maine.
The family-friendly farm is open every day for visitors and features horseback riding, farm-raised and value-added foods, agritourism, mobile vending, and musical events.
The $1,000 grant will be used to join the local Chamber of Commerce, advertise online, and to create an advertisement for a local movie theater.
Six winners, in six regions across Maine, will receive cash grants of $1,000 awarded through a competitive application process. Mini-grants support new or expanded business marketing and promotion. Contest criteria for small business applicants include: 1) Five or fewer full-time equivalent employees; 2) sales in the current calendar year; and 3) gross annual sales of no more than $150,000 from the previous calendar year.
The competition was sponsored in part by Kennebec Savings Bank.
New Ventures Maine is a statewide program of the University of Maine at Augusta, University of Maine System, and provides free classes and individual coaching in the areas of career planning, entrepreneurship, and money management.