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, …

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 …

Before You Jump Into the Job Search…

…take these steps: Identify your thoughts, fears, and frustrations around your former job and acquiring a new job. Examine your financial needs.  Who can you turn to for help and support? What programs are available in your community? Are you eligible for unemployment benefits? Conduct a self-assessment. Take stock of your interests, skills, abilities, and experiences.  Are there common themes? What did you like best and what did you like …

Educating Entrepreneurs: Pathways to Success

          Educating entrepreneurs: Pathways to success By Erica Quin-Easter How do you make an entrepreneur? Education research and policy are rife with demands for professional development that gets measurable results: employment, earnings, promotion and business start-ups. Students too want to make sure their college degrees bring a positive return on investment over the long term. Successful entrepreneurs bring a mix of critical thinking, innovation, business acumen …

Serve it up: Making the most of customer service

Serve it up: Making the most of customer service

          Serve it up: Making the most of customer service By Erica Quineaster, as printed in the Bangor Daily News When was the last time you got really great customer service? When I moved to Aroostook County, I had a boiler installed by Daigle Oil Company. The company’s service didn’t stop there: The next week I received a handwritten note from the manager thanking me for …

Totally Trades Spring 2013

Successful Totally Trades events were held in April in Bangor at United Technologies Center and in Presque Isle at Northern Maine Community College.  Nearly 250 girls attended hands-on workshops in areas such as heavy equipment operation, construction,welding, cable technician and automotive.  In Bangor a panel of  women employed in nontraditional careers  offered personal insights around their chosen career paths and pointers for success in the field.  In Presque Isle a …

Mission-driven: The path to nonprofit entrepreneurship

Mission-driven: The path to nonprofit entrepreneurship

By Erica Quineaster As printed in the Bangor Daily News   Entrepreneurs – successful ones – learn to keep an eye on the proverbial bottom-line. Mission-driven entrepreneurs often have their sights on a dual — or triple — bottom line: they see a need and want to meet it. If you want to do good and do well, how do you know what model is best for your venture? Are …

Better Together: The Benefit of Cooperative Businesses

  By Erica Quin-Easter,  Special to the Bangor Daily News What is a cooperative? Cooperatives are jointly owned enterprises controlled by consumers, producers or workers who create a collaborative business that meets their common needs. Seven principles guide the cooperative movement: voluntary and open membership; democratic member control; member economic participation; autonomy and independence; education, training and information; cooperation among cooperatives; and concern for community. Cooperatives are an integral part …

New Ventures Graduates Present Business Plans

(Aroostook County) Women, Work, and Community invites you to attend business plan presentations by graduating New Ventures entrepreneurs on Monday, December 3 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM in Room 125 at the Houlton Higher Education Center. New Ventures is a comprehensive twelve-week course in business planning that guides new business owners and expanding entrepreneurs in developing a written business plan and a financial road map for their business. Each …

TOTALLY TRADES!

WWC recently organized two successful Totally Trades conferences – one in Westbrook on October 19 and a second in Calais on October 26.  All in all, nearly 200 girls were in attendance at the conferences.  The Calais conference, hosted by Washington County Community College, featured a new video directed and produced by female students from St. Croix Regional Technology Center (SCRTC).  The video profiles a successful female welding and commercial …

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