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 …

From Cheering to Participating: Maine Eye Center

You  never know when a spectator might get bitten by the competitive bug. Just ask a few employees from Maine Eye Center (MEC) – which now has two teams competing in this year’s REV3 sheJAMs All Women’s Olympic Triathlon in OOB on Aug. 24th, 2014. While cheering on their co-workers Jennifer Lummis (swimmer), Maria Barton (biker), and Lisa McCann (runner) of Team Maine Eye Center last year, Robin Silva and …

Maine Startup and Create Week!

Maine Startup and Create Week! A week long conference in Portland, Maine June 12 – 20, 2014 Women, Work, and Community is proud to be a part of Maine Startup and Create Week! Come join us in celebrating the community of passionate entrepreneurs in Maine. Maine Startup & Create Week (MSCW) is an eight-day celebration (from June 12-20) of startups, innovators, entrepreneurs and creatives in Portland and across the state. MSCW …

Marketing Mini-Grant Pitch Contest! June 9, 2014

Pitch your marketing project for your small business and win up to $400! Are you eligible?  If you are a small business owner located in Cumberland or York Counties with four employees or less, you are eligible to make a pitch! Who should apply? Individual entrepreneurs, family businesses, and other small businesses may apply for the Women, Work, and Community marketing mini-grant program. Start-ups as well as established businesses are welcome to …

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 …

BDN Article: Lessons learned from a Woman@Play

I know this column is about Women@Work, but come on ladies, who doesn’t love to have a little fun in the summer in Maine? I’ve been training for the REV3 sheJAMs Triathlon. I’m the runner on a relay team with two coworkers — one of whom is my boss. My partner has put together her own relay team at her work. She, and my boss, are both the swimmers on …

Reflections of a small business trainer

Reflections of a small business trainer

    By Gigi Guyton Reprinted from the Bangor Daily News This is the stuff that makes a small business trainer’s heart sing. A springtime flurry of emails and phone calls from entrepreneurs checking in with their big news: a feature in a national magazine, a successful Kickstarter campaign, a graduation from an accelerated entrepreneurship program. “The proud moments are always when an entrepreneur calls with great news about their …

Want to take your business to the next level? Have your ‘visibility kit’ ready!

Want to take your business to the next level? Have your ‘visibility kit’ ready!

                    By Gigi Guyton, Women, Work, and Community As printed in the Bangor Daily News  I had the sad task of telling an entrepreneur whom I wanted to nominate for a small business award to hold off until next year. We simply were not going to make the deadline. Often the groups handing out awards don’t give much turnaround time, and …

Run, Baby Run: It’s your life, it’s your business

Run, Baby Run: It’s your life, it’s your business

          By Eloise Vitelli As printed in the Bangor Daily News Entrepreneurs are known for their optimism and can-do attitudes. They see the possibilities and focus their energies on how to get to the goal line. Sometimes though, even the most positive, creative person can be dealt a blow that shakes their confidence and sets them on a different course. Julie Marchese is a breast cancer …

Pop-Up Stores add Buzz to Maine’s Downtowns

By Gigi Guyton, Women, Work, and Community Special to the Bangor Daily News Microsoft’s launch of 32 pop-up stores this holiday season demonstrates that even the big retailers are looking for ways to stand out in an inconsistent consumer climate. But you don’t have to be a Microsoft to have a pop-up store of your own. Pop-up stores are temporary retail outlets that spring up in empty retail settings. You …

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