How to Connect with Us During the Coronavirus Outbreak

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

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.

Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in North Central/Downeast Maine

Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in North Central/Downeast Maine

We are excited to announce the recipient of our North Central/Downeast Fall Marketing Mini-Grant – Salty Dogs in Blue Hill, Maine! About The Business Salty Dogs is a dog training and behavior modification facility serving the Blue Hill and greater Downeast areas. Their mission is to educate dogs and empower their owners. They achieve their mission through positive, force-free, compassionate teaching. In addition to classes, they also offer private training. Their services …

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Long Cove Sea Farm Receives Marketing Mini-Grant

Congratulations to Abby Barrows & Long Cove Sea Farm! We are excited to announce that Abby Barrows, owner of Long Cove Sea Farm, has been selected as our fall 2017 Marketing Mini-Grant recipient in our North Central/Downeast Region! About Abby Abby Barrows, the owner of Long Cove Sea Farm, grew up in Stonington, ME, which has a strong waterfront culture. She has been very interested in oyster aquaculture for many years. As she …


Is Finding a Mentor Right for You – YES!

 Written by SarahJoy Chaples North Central/Downeast Workforce Development Specialist   “Where are we meeting for coffee?” It’s time to sit down with my mentor for our monthly check-in. This one hour (sometimes more!) out of my month is one that I cherish. It inspires, refocuses, validates, and challenges me.   Find Someone Who Can Guide You Through the Forest Do you know the saying “you can’t see the forest for …

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North Central Down East Mini-Grant Awarded

  We are pleased to announce Moose Woods Guide Service as the recipient of this year’s marketing mini-grant for our North Central Down East Region!   Moose Woods Guide Service focuses on creating high-quality outdoor recreational experiences for those visiting the Katahdin Region. This year-round business utilizes the collaborative approach of Maine Guides to create unique experiences for their customers. They pride themselves on individualized itineraries, including their family friendly …

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Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Written by SarahJoy Chaples North Central/Downeast Workforce Development Specialist   It’s spring and baseball season is well under way. Admittedly, I am not a baseball fan, but as a kid, I swung the bat a few times. Pretty much the only thing I remember is someone yelling, “Keep your eye on the ball.” When I’d close my eyes and swing, it was pretty much a guaranteed miss, but I actually …

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Defining Success: We’re not all the same

Written by SarahJoy Chaples, North Central/Downeast Region   The mission of New Ventures Maine is helping people succeed. How do you know if you are becoming successful, especially when you’ve just started your business? How do you know if you are on the right trajectory?   Take a Step Back It’s easy to spend a lot of time looking at the bottom line, but the key to true success is …

Women, Work, and Community Awards Downtown Dollars in Northern Maine

  Women, Work, and Community recently announced the winners of its Downtown Dollars marketing mini-grant competition for small businesses in Aroostook, Piscataquis, Washington, and Hancock counties.   The County Co-op and Farm Store on Main Street in Houlton received first prize of $400. The business is a consumer cooperative with more than 130 members operating a retail outlet open to the public. Their start-up in September 2014 included strong branding, …

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