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Welcome to our New Staff

New Ventures Maine is pleased to announce the addition of two new Workforce Specialists.   Sherrie Brann is based at UMA’s Handley Hall in Augusta and will provide career planning and financial education services in Kennebec and Somerset Counties.    She has a BA in English from the University of Maine (first in her family to graduate with a degree) and a MS in Education from Walden University.  Sherrie lives …

Current opening: VISTA CA$H Maine Outreach and Research Assistant

Americorp/VISTA member wanted to assist CA$H (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope) Maine and Women, Work, and Community in an initiative to improve the economic future and financial stability of low-income working families in Maine. The Americorp member will assist WWC and Coalition partners in this project to develop a sustained, connected and integrated set of strategies, tools, and services to support changes in behavior, raise new expectations about what is …

Let’s Talk Money!

For years WWC has started the personal money management class  My Money Works with a discussion of our attitudes and beliefs about money.  “We believe that if we don’t look at our attitudes and beliefs about money, then it’s hard to change our behavior,” says Jean Dempster,  WWC Central Region trainer.  “If it were only about the tools, we would all be sticking to our budgets.  It is the change …

Totally Trades Spring 2013

Successful Totally Trades events were held in April in Bangor at United Technologies Center and in Presque Isle at Northern Maine Community College.  Nearly 250 girls attended hands-on workshops in areas such as heavy equipment operation, construction,welding, cable technician and automotive.  In Bangor a panel of  women employed in nontraditional careers  offered personal insights around their chosen career paths and pointers for success in the field.  In Presque Isle a …

High school students participate in new money management class.

Twelve Rockland high school seniors gathered around a long conference table, their laptops open in front of them. The students, applicants for the Worthington College Scholarship for Oceanside East High School Students, were attending the orientation for the workshop “On Your Own with Money:  Getting Financially Fit for College.” A requirement for the applicants is to complete the financial literacy workshop offered by Women, Work and Community before the awarding …

Interview Tips from Two Pros

Two hiring managers from Time Warner Cable offered interviewing tips recently to a group of WWC participants in Portland. Here’s some advice from Jennifer Macisso and Karen Bravo. In general, come with a positive attitude. Be respectful of the company and the interviewer. Show self confidence that you can and will do the job. Let them know that you want the job. Do your homework so that you know what …

Augusta New Ventures class present business plans

 New Ventures class members took a break from business plan presentations Wednesday to pose with Microenterprise trainer Jean Dempster (front middle) above.  Below Senator Tom Saviello stopped by to hear constituent Melissa Alleborn’s business plan presentation. Presentations continue next Wednesday. Congratulations, all!

New Ventures Graduates Present Business Plans

(Aroostook County) Women, Work, and Community invites you to attend business plan presentations by graduating New Ventures entrepreneurs on Monday, December 3 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM in Room 125 at the Houlton Higher Education Center. New Ventures is a comprehensive twelve-week course in business planning that guides new business owners and expanding entrepreneurs in developing a written business plan and a financial road map for their business. Each …

TOTALLY TRADES!

WWC recently organized two successful Totally Trades conferences – one in Westbrook on October 19 and a second in Calais on October 26.  All in all, nearly 200 girls were in attendance at the conferences.  The Calais conference, hosted by Washington County Community College, featured a new video directed and produced by female students from St. Croix Regional Technology Center (SCRTC).  The video profiles a successful female welding and commercial …

Financial Feature: Spend, Save, or Earn?

When we think of budgeting, often we’re focused on trimming the fat. Where can we cut corners? How much does one less coffee help our wallet? It’s important to focus on the big picture as well as the small expenses. Consider the chart at left click to enlarge): housing and transportation are the two biggest categories. Lifestyle and spending choices have a big impact on your budget, for example, commuting …