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Participant Profile: Pam Olson

Pam Olson, owner of The Lady’s Room, an upscale women’s consignment boutique in Damariscotta, came to New Ventures Maine as she was in the process of opening her very first business. Pam remembers, “I had never worked in retail and knew practically nothing about the ‘behind the scenes’ of owning your own business.”   In the throes of start-up, Pam enrolled in New Ventures Maine’s twelve-week business planning class. “The …

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Participant Profile: Brooke Erwin, Boothbay

  Q. How did you learn about New Ventures Maine?    I learned about New Ventures Maine through the Boothbay Region Community Navigator. I met with the Community Navigator staff about a year ago because I was struggling financially and I wanted to learn how better to manage my money, as well as find ways in which I could save money for purchasing a home.   I was given a …

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Small Business Tax Prep, Easy as 1,2,3

Written by Jenn Dobransky (Microenterprise Specialist, Midcoast Region)   Transform Anxiety Taxes and record keeping can often be a source of confusion and anxiety for taxpayers.  These emotions are typically a result of a lack of knowledge that many start-up businesses have.  But with a little bit of information, that confusion dissipates and the anxiety transforms into empowerment.   Get Your Records in Order The first step in preparing your …

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Moving Forward with Confidence   

  Sometimes the hardest hurdle to overcome in facing your finances, searching for a job, or starting your business is the fear of NO. Why are you nervous about negotiating money? What if you don’t get what you want? Why are you hesitant to submit your resume and follow up with a potential employer? What if you don’t get picked for an interview? Why are you insecure about pitching your …

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Family Development Accounts

  Accounts are now available! With Maine Family Development Accounts, you can save towards first-time homeownership, small business development, or your own education (i.e. associate degree, bachelor’s degree, certificate program, or coursework that will improve your earning potential).   Here’s how it works: You save up to $1000 in your Family Development Account, and your savings get matched 4:1 (up to $4000). You can save over as short a time as …

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It Takes Time: Action Planning for Change   

  As we conclude our spring Creating Your Future class in Brunswick with a strong cohort of career changers working on their action plans, we spent a considerable amount of time in this class discussing how to overcome obstacles.   Obstacles ranged from “learn the plants of Zone 5B” (from a budding horticulturalist) to “find resources to fund my education” (voiced by many who need further training to pursue a …

New Ventures Maine Awards Downtown Dollars in Midcoast / Southern Region

  We are excited to announce the winners of our Midcoast / Southern Region Downtown Dollars Marketing Mini-Grant Competition for small businesses in Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo, and York Counties. Priority was given to projects located in or aimed at increased sales/presence in Main Street Maine or Maine Downtown Network communities. Funds for The Downtown Dollars Marketing Mini-Grant Competition was provided in part from The Betterment Fund.     The Winners …

Our Rockland Center Has Moved!

  Our Rockland Center is now located at the University College at Rockland! New Address: 91 Camden St # 402, Rockland, ME. 04841 Jenn Dobransky’s new phone number: 593.7943 Melinda Gilman’s new phone number: 593.7942 While our center goes through this moving transition, there may be disruption in the phone service.  If you are unable to reach Jenn or Melinda via phone, please email them. Melinda can be reach via …

Take Note of WWC Center Moves

Three centers moving and one opening.  This month our Bath/Brunswick, Saco, and Presque Isle centers will be moving to new locations. In addition, we will be opening a new outreach center in Ellsworth very soon. Please see below for more information.    WWC’s Bath/Brunswick Center  Moving: Friday, August 22, 2014 Reopening: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Phone numbers and email addresses for staff in this center will remain the same: Shelley …

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