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Welcoming Our New Workforce Specialist

  We are pleased to welcome our new North Central/Downeast Region Workforce Specialist, Tom Grogan! Tom will be providing career planning and financial education services in Penobscot, Hancock, Washington, and Piscataquis Counties from our Center on the UMA- Bangor Campus. Prior to joining our staff Tom led the development of Bangor’s CPPC, Community Partnerships for Protecting Children,  a community-wide collaborative where he worked with over thirty partner organizations.  At CPPC Tom brought together …

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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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Planning Ahead with Seasonal Budgeting

Written by Gigi Guyton, Regional Manager and Microenterprise Specialist for New Ventures Maine’s Southern Region covering Cumberland and York Counties. She also teaches money classes like My Money Works. How many times has your checkbook taken a hit when it’s time to renew your car registration? The car registration is due at the same time every year, and yet we often feel surprised and frustrated if our budget is tight. …

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Make Your Tax Refund Work for You!

You work hard for your money and you deserve to enjoy a healthy financial lifestyle. The following article explores how to use your refund this year to make things a little easier for you in the future and to benefit you and your family over the long term. Written by, Justin Chu, a Program Associate for the Taxpayer Opportunity Network a program of Prosperity Now, formerly CFED. “At Prosperity Now, we believe …

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Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in Aroostook County

We are happy to announce the winner of our fall 2017 Marketing Mini-Grant competition for small businesses in Aroostook County. One awardee was selected from a strong group of applicants throughout Aroostook County. Congratulations, RosWerks Design & Photography! RosWerks Design & Photography in Linneus, Maine received an award of $400. The marketing mini-grant will help RosWerks acquire a professionally built website with the necessary training to maintain and update the site themselves. …

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Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in Western Maine

We are excited to announce the winner of our fall 2017 Marketing Mini-Grant competition for small businesses in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties.   Congratulations Lincey Viel and Arthlin Jewelry! The fall 2017 Marketing Mini-Grant was awarded to Arthlin Jewelry LLC of Auburn, Maine. Arthlin Jewelry was selected from a strong group of applicants throughout the western Maine region. Criteria for the contest included gross revenue criteria and having five or fewer employees. …

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The Simplest Budget of All

Written by Melinda Wildes, Workforce Specialist in NVME’s Midcoast Region, with Tina Ellis, New Ventures Maine graduate and recipient of the Gilda E. Nardone Scholarship    Have you promised yourself that this is the year you will finally start off with a budget?   Do you spend money and not remember where it went? Do you worry that you won’t be able to pay all your rent or mortgage on …

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New Goals for the New Year

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Development Specialist     Goal-setting is key to building confidence and success. It is important to keep our goals realistic, even as we stretch and grow. How do we set goals we can meet in 2018?   There are several tools that can help: Write it down. Writing a clear goal with a specific deadline keeps you accountable.   Break it up. Dividing …

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My Next Career Move Offered Statewide

  Are you or someone you know thinking about a career change?  Interested in starting college or completing a degree and want to find a field that will lead to job opportunities? The “My Next Career Move” class, offered online and in your community, will help you take charge of your career and create an action plan to achieve success.   Join this multi-session career exploration and planning class to: …

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Everyday Etiquette: 3 Tips for Success

Written by Melinda Wildes, Workforce Specialist in NVME’s Midcoast Region What is everyday etiquette? Perhaps it can be framed best as a practical application of the Golden Rule, “Treat everybody as you would like to be treated.”   In today’s climate, can we regain equilibrium through the practice of civility, courtesy, and showing respect to others around us?  The return to “etiquette awareness” is a step in restoring dignity and …

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