Pop-Up Stores add Buzz to Maine’s Downtowns

By Gigi Guyton, Women, Work, and Community Special to the Bangor Daily News Microsoft’s launch of 32 pop-up stores this holiday season demonstrates that even the big retailers are looking for ways to stand out in an inconsistent consumer climate. But you don’t have to be a Microsoft to have a pop-up store of your own. Pop-up stores are temporary retail outlets that spring up in empty retail settings. You …

ONLINE: Two distance learning options for Career Planning this Fall!

ONLINE: Two distance learning options for Career Planning this Fall!

WWC is excited to offer two options: ONLINE and BLENDED. BLENDED: Begins week of October 15, and has live class meetings the first and last weeks. In the four intervening weeks, students will work on their own online, with direction and resources provided weekly.  Students have a choice of live sessions  in Belfast, Augusta, or Rockland (choose one). For this class, the registration deadline is September 28. For more information …

Wendy Rose Retires

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – Yeats           The WWC Micro Team at Wendy’s Retirement Lunch. With over 25 years of dedicated service helping others find their path, Wendy Rose, WWC Senior Microenterprise Coordinator, will retire at the end of August. WWC staff gathered on Wednesday, August 22 for a fond farewell to Wendy. Thank you so …

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Build Your Career: Try a college class!

A new school year is just around the corner.  Why not try a college class?  It’s a great way to see what’s new in college learning, find out if college is a good fit for you now, and invest in yourself by learning something new. In today’s world of work we all need to keep learning and increasing our skills. One class can be the beginning of your journey to …

Financial Feature: Bill Yourself for Savings

How can you fit savings into your monthly budget? Long-range priorities can be hard to stick to when times are tight, whether you’re saving for a reliable car, retirement, or any goal that will take more than a few paychecks. One technique for savings success is to pay yourself just as you pay your bills. With direct deposit from your paycheck or automated funds transfers to a savings account, you …

Retail businesses bring vitality to Main Streets

Retailing it on Main Street: Where community and business goals meet By Eloise Vitelli , Special to the BDN When Bath won national recognition as one of five Great American Main Streets this spring, it validated the efforts of countless community volunteers, business leaders and shop owners across Maine engaged in revitalizing and investing in their own down towns. A lot of hard work and planning over many years went …

2011 Award Winners of Credit Yourself Drawing

KeyBank and WWC partnered to provide Credit Yourself classes to community participants who wanted to learn wise use of credit and to set financial goals. KeyBank of Maine and KeyBank Foundation generously provided the funding while WWC staff facilitated the training. Participants who completed the training were eligible to apply for a $250 award to assist in achieving their goals.  Award recipient Amy Schnoor said, “Taking the class helped me …

Meet Peanut Saturday at the Heywood Kennel Open House – Augusta

“Peanut” was a shy little Alaskan husky when WWC graduates Lindy Howe and Kevin Quist first brought him home to Heywood Kennel Sled Dog Adventures. As the business of Heywood Kennel flourished, so did the little sled dog. He became the main leader for Heywood Kennel’s team in the Can Am 60 International Sled Dog Race in Fort Kent, Maine, leading the team over the finish line in front of …

Area businesses energizing My Mom’s Coffee campaign in Farmington

In Farmington, Wicked Gelato is selling bags of My Moms Coffee from Coffee by Design, along with a scrumptious gelato featuring the special blend. Other  businesses helping out the campaign with incentives have included Bass Hill Gardens and Gifts, Law Mountain Wreaths ‘N’ Bakery, Memories by Melissa, and The Chocolate Shoppe, Etc. Also part of the local effort: a  Mother’s-Day raffle where prizes included a woman’s haircut at Snippers, two …

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