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Norway Savings Bank Awards Grants to Maine Businesses

Congratulations to New Ventures Maine (NVME) small business grantees from the Western, Midcoast, and Southern regions. Each of the featured businesses below have received Jobs for New England Recovery Grants of $5,000 each from Norway Savings Bank. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston recently awarded grants to banks through their Jobs for New England Initiative. The grants are for small businesses who were impacted negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic …

New Ventures Maine Midcoast Center Awards Mini Grant

The Midcoast Center for New Ventures Maine awarded a marketing mini grant in the amount of $1,000.00 to Apple Creek Farm in Bowdoinham.  The farm is a MOFGA certified, second generation organic farm operated by Abby Sadauckas and Jake Galle. Apple Creek Farm’s mission is to care for the land and the community through thoughtful stewardship. The farm produces certified organic, grass-fed beef, lamb and goat, as well as pasture-raised, …

Building Resilience in Maine’s Small Businesses

Many of our small business participants were impacted by COVID-19. Our Microenterprise Specialists provided resources through individual and small group advising sessions. We moved quickly to offer more business classes online and were proactive in connecting entrepreneurs to available SBA assistance programs such as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), as appropriate. NVME continues to provide tools and support for business …

Supporting the Economic Security of Low-Income Families during COVID-19

For the safety of tax filers, staff, volunteers, and communities, the 10 CA$H Maine Coalitions (cashmaine.org) closed in-person tax sites mid-March and quickly moved to develop new options for people still needing to have their taxes prepared. Our priorities included providing quality service, maintaining physical safety, and protecting tax filers’ information shared virtually while continuing to comply with IRS guidelines. Tax filers able to do their taxes online on their …

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New Ventures Maine Video Now Online

Our 40th Anniversary Film, featuring words from our executive director, founders, staff, and participants is now available to watch on YouTube. Thank you to Pica and Rachel Epperly Film & Photo for making this lovely video!

How to Connect with Us During the Coronavirus Outbreak

All New Ventures Maine in-person classes and workshops have been postponed or moved to an online format through the end of April. Individual appointments are available by video conference or phone. To reach a local staff person visit our locations page. We will continue to add daytime and evening online workshops and classes to our schedule. Please check back frequently to see new listings. Stay tuned for updates. We encourage you to take good …

Donation for Totally Trades

New Ventures Maine is very pleased to receive a $2,500 donation from NBT Bank at the recommendation of Bob Gaudreau, Owner of Hardypond Development, and Deirdre Wadsworth, President of Hardypond Construction and member of NVME’s Advisory Council.  The gift will support Totally Trades! Conferences which provide hands-on opportunities for middle and high school girls to explore careers in the trades and technical fields.

Happy Holidays

All of New Ventures Maine staff wish all of you a happy holiday season. We hope for the very best for you in the New Year.

Nicholas and Mika

Midcoast Marketing Mini-Grant Recipients Announced

Congratulations to both of our spring 2018 Marketing Mini-Grant recipients in Midcoast Maine! go-en fermented foods – Whitefield go-en fermented foods is a small family owned fermentory owned by Nicolas & Mika Repenning. They specialize in traditionally fermented Japanese seasonings and foods. Their goal is to enrich Maine with Japanese culture by spreading the ancient culinary wisdom of Japan. They also hope to excite people’s taste buds with healthy nourishing foods. …

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6 Tips for Small Business Tax Readiness

Written by Jenn Dobransky, Midcoast Region Microenterprise Specialist   Are you self-employed? If you are thinking about doing your own taxes this year, here are six tips that can help you feel prepared: Open a separate business banking account to make record keeping easy. This can be a DBA, doing business as, account. It is important to separate your business finances from your personal finances. This will make tax time …

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