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 …

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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!

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

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.

Gilda Nardone and Mary Allen Lindemann drinking coffee outside CBD.

Celebrate your Mom in May with “My Mom’s Coffee”

  In honor of Mother’s Day, New Ventures Maine and Coffee by Design have proclaimed May to be Mothers’ Month! “My Mom’s Coffee,” a delicious limited edition blend created for New Ventures Maine, combines peak and dark roasted Central and South American coffees.  It has a rich and nutty flavor with sweet notes of caramel and just a hint of smoke. This tasty coffee is a wonderful addition to your Mother’s Day …

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Southern Region Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded

  Lynne Somerman, owner of The Wiser Miser, LLC in South Portland, outpitched other contestants to be named the winner of New Ventures Maine’s Southern Region Fall 2017 Marketing Mini-Grant Pitch Competition.   The contest was held at New Ventures Maine’s South Portland office on November 6th. Somerman will receive $400 towards investing in targeted Facebook ads to increase company awareness. The Wiser Miser, LLC offers financial coaching and virtual …

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Welcoming Our New Workforce Specialist

  We are pleased to welcome our new Southern Region Workforce Specialist, Lisa Sweet!   Lisa will be providing career planning and financial education services in Cumberland and York Counties from our Centers in South Portland and the University College at Saco. She joins our staff from the University of Southern Maine (USM), where she recently held the position of Associate Director of Admissions, Graduate Programs.   Lisa is a leader with …

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Money Savings Vessels Make Dreams Come True

Written by Gigi Guyton, Southern Region Regional Manager & Microenterprise Specialist   When I moved into my new home, I was struck by this large jar that was left behind by the previous owners. They had fake flowers stuck in it, but I had another idea in mind: What if I make this my newest savings vessel? In my former house, I kept an interesting tin box by the washer …

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