New Ventures Maine recently announced winners of their Fall 2023 Marketing Mini-Grant competition. The Midcoast Maine region winner is Tandem Glass in Dresden, owned by Terrill Waldman and Charlie Jenkins.
Terrill and Charlie run a glassblowing studio and gallery. Each artist designs and creates unique, contemporary hand-blown glassware and lighting. They are known for their playful designs and use of color. Their mission is to create durable, useful work that brings joy and ease to everyday living.
The $1,000 grant will be used to fund a brand refresh that will extend to their printed and online presence as well as new directional signage.
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 included: 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 Norway 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.