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New Ventures Maine Announces New AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers

New Ventures Maine (NVME) is pleased to announce two new AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers joining us this year as Campus Compact College Access and Success Coordinators.  Kate Ruehle will be based on the Augusta Campus of the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA), and Molly Cassidy will be based on the Bangor Campus of UMA.  Both will working with NVME and UMA staff and faculty and community partners to coordinate financial …

Mid-Coast Marketing Mini-Grant Winner Announced

Mid-Coast Marketing Mini-Grant Winner Announced

New Ventures Maine Midcoast Center awards Minigrant- June 2020 The Midcoast Center for New Ventures Maine awarded a marketing minigrant in the amount of $1,000.00 to CeCe Camacho.  Her business, prune is an organizing and lifestyle company helping people make space for what matters most in their lives. Services include coaching sessions/packages to help clients cultivate a mindful pruning practice in order to pare down and (re)organize and (re)design their …

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 …

Southern Region Marketing Mini-Grant Recipients Announced

New Ventures Maine’s (NVME) marketing mini-grant program continues to help small businesses put their best foot forward through the funding of professional, effective marketing materials and projects. This year, NVME made mini-grants of up to $1000 across the state to help entrepreneurs promote their businesses through targeted marketing projects.  In our last funding cycle in the Southern Region (Cumberland and York Counties) Rachel Knight, owner of Destination Occupation and Molly …

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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!

Western Marketing Mini-Grant Announced

We are excited to announce the recipient of our Western Marketing Mini-Grant Top It Frozen Dessert Bar in Auburn! About The Business Top It Frozen Dessert Bar in downtown Auburn was founded in 2013 by Corrie Bernatchez. It offers six flavors of frozen yogurt with up to 30 toppings, as well as other frozen desserts. The business provides a family friendly atmosphere with many children inspired desserts and fun games. The business is currently …

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 …

Welcoming Our New Central Region Workforce Specialist, Kelley Glidden

We are pleased to welcome Kelley Glidden to New Ventures Maine as the Workforce Specialist in our Central Region.   Kelley is providing career planning and financial education workshops and coaching services for community members and UMA students in Kennebec and Somerset Counties. Kelley is also on the MoneyWise team, providing guidance on money topics. Kelley joins our staff after many years as a program director, educator, and advocate for a domestic violence program. This …

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.

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