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Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in North Central/Downeast Maine

We are excited to announce the recipient of our North Central/Downeast Fall Marketing Mini-Grant – Salty Dogs in Blue Hill, Maine! About The Business Salty Dogs is a dog training and behavior modification facility serving the Blue Hill and greater Downeast areas. Their mission is to educate dogs and empower their owners. They achieve their mission through positive, force-free, compassionate teaching. In addition to classes, they also offer private training. Their services …

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Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in Aroostook County

Congratulations to Great North Woods Herbs and Botanicals for being selected as our Fall 2018 Marketing Mini-Grant Recipient! Great North Woods Herbs and Botanicals will use the $500 mini-grant to develop an engaging website. The new website will help them increase the visibility of their business.  They also hope to develop consistently branded marketing materials as part of their overall marketing plan. Their mission is to provide quality herbal and natural …

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Welcoming Our New Administrative Specialist, Emily Pettengill

We are excited to welcome our new Administrative Specialist, Emily Pettengill, to our Administrative Team! Emily will be providing part-time administrative support in New Ventures Maine’s Augusta office. When you call our 1-800 line or stop by for in-person services, Emily will be the person greeting you. Emily served as an intern at NVME in 2016 and 2017.  In this role, she helped with outreach and focus group projects.  Now, she …

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Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in Western Maine

Congratulations to The Soul Path Artist in Hiram, ME for being selected as our Fall 2018 Western Region Marketing Mini-Grant recipient! She was selected from a strong group of applicants in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties. About the Soul Path Artist  Larissa Davis founded The Soul Path Artist in 2017.  She offers motivational presentations, workshops, and retreats for individuals that are interested in using their own inner creativity as a tool to achieve …

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Fall 2018 Marketing Mini-Grant Awardee Selected in Southern Maine

Congratulations to Mill Cove Baking Company! Nina Murray, the owner of Mill Cove Baking Company, has been selected as our Fall 2018 Southern Maine Marketing Mini-Grant Pitch Competition recipient. Murray will receive $500 to use towards the design of new product packaging. “Thank you so much, how exciting!” Murray wrote after receiving notification that she won the $500 grant. “The funds will be put to very good use!” Murray says this …

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Fall 2018 Marketing Mini-Grants

Are you a small business owner with an exciting marketing idea? Our fall 2018 Marketing Mini-Grant Program could help you put your idea into action! Awards of $500 are given to applicants who are selected through a competitive process in each of our 6 regions. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 2018. To learn more and apply, click here. 

Branding Matters

Written by Jenn Dobransky, Midcoast Microenterprise Specialist The keys to brand success are self-definition, transparency, authenticity and accountability. – Simon Mainwaring I am in good company when I emphasize how important it is to create a solid brand in your small business. In a nutshell, this means taking the time to think about the image you want to present to the marketplace.  Do the market research to find, attract, and …

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Finally, it’s Your Turn to Pick and Choose!

Written by Chris Davis, Western Region Workforce Specialist  Right now in Maine, there are more people retiring each year than there are new workers to replace them. This imbalance is a little scary for our service providers and manufacturers. For people like you and me, this means a big increase in the number of career opportunities available. It is a mighty good time to explore and prepare for a career …

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Does Your Paycheck Need a Checkup?

Written by Janet Smith, Regional Manager and Workforce Specialist in NVME’s Western Region  What Happened? At the beginning of this year, major changes to federal income tax rates went into effect across the country. These changes may have impacted your take-home pay and may also affect your 2018 taxes when you file in 2019. Who Does it Impact? If you fall into one of the following categories, it’s crucial that …

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Welcoming Our New Operations Manager!

We are excited to welcome our new Operations Manager, Rachel Boynton.  Rachel will coordinate our administrative & financial systems while also providing data management and support to staff statewide. She joins our staff from the Maine State Housing Authority, where she recently held the position of Financial Officer II. Prior to joining New Ventures Maine, Rachel coordinated the Section 8 contracts for low-income housing across the State of Maine; managing several …