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Norway Savings Bank Awards Grants to Maine Businesses

Congratulations to New Ventures Maine (NVME) small business grantees from the Western, Midcoast, and Southern regions. Each of the featured businesses below have received Jobs for New England Recovery Grants of $5,000 each from Norway Savings Bank. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston recently awarded grants to banks through their Jobs for New England Initiative. The grants are for small businesses who were impacted negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic …

Supporting Encore Entrepreneurs

Our Microenterprise Specialists have supported over 200 encore entrepreneurs exploring self-employment opportunities through the AARP Foundation’s Work for Yourself@50+ program. The AARP Foundation has provided support for NVME to deliver the program in Maine since 2016. Older adults joining the program assess their skills, gain knowledge, and connect with resources to make an informed decision about starting a business. In addition to attending the workshop, participants receive a self-paced workbook to …

Work For Yourself@50+

New Ventures Maine has launched an initiative, Work for Yourself@50+ Taking the Next Step to support low and moderate-income adults, age 50 and up, as they explore self-employment and develop businesses. Taking the Next Step builds upon the exploration of self-employment through AARP Foundation’s Work for Yourself@50+ curriculum and provides individualized assessment, advising, and business training to entrepreneurs ready to implement their business ideas. NVME provides ongoing support, referrals and resources for “encore entrepreneurs” as they move forward …

New Ventures Maine Midcoast Center Awards Mini Grant

The Midcoast Center for New Ventures Maine awarded a marketing mini grant in the amount of $1,000.00 to Apple Creek Farm in Bowdoinham.  The farm is a MOFGA certified, second generation organic farm operated by Abby Sadauckas and Jake Galle. Apple Creek Farm’s mission is to care for the land and the community through thoughtful stewardship. The farm produces certified organic, grass-fed beef, lamb and goat, as well as pasture-raised, …

New Ventures Maine Awards Two Aroostook County Marketing Mini Grants

New Ventures Maine, announced the winner of its Marketing Mini-grant competition for small businesses in Aroostook County. Two awardees were selected from a strong group of applicants throughout Aroostook County. A Sole in Knead, located at 99 North Street in Houlton received an award of $500. A Sole in Knead provides precise, knowledgeable, and therapeutic reflexology and massage services addressing the needs of our clients to a greater depth of …

New Ventures Maine Awards Aroostook County Marketing Mini Grants

New Ventures Maine, announced the winner of its Marketing Mini-grant competition for small businesses in Aroostook County. One awardee was selected from a strong group of applicants throughout Aroostook County. Maliseet Rollerama, LLC, located at 494 North St., in Houlton received an award of $1000. Maliseet Rollerama LLC’s mission is to provide a fun, healthy, and safe environment for ages of all kinds to get out and get active. They …

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 …

North Central Marketing Mini-Grant Recipient Announced

Congratulations to Bold Coast Yoga for receiving the Spring 2020 marketing mini-grant!  Their funds will be used to develop online marketing tools including social media ads and will increase their ability to gain feedback on their expanding customer base.  Connecting more strategically with their customers will help them promote the benefits of stress reduction, healthier living, and resiliency practices through practicing and studying Yoga.  

Western Marketing Mini-Grant Announced

We are excited to announce the recipient of our Western Marketing Mini-Grant Top It Frozen Dessert Bar in Auburn! About The Business Top It Frozen Dessert Bar in downtown Auburn was founded in 2013 by Corrie Bernatchez. It offers six flavors of frozen yogurt with up to 30 toppings, as well as other frozen desserts. The business provides a family friendly atmosphere with many children inspired desserts and fun games. The business is currently …

New Series on Online Marketing and Website Development

We are excited to be offering a series of three (3) free workshops designed to provide microenterprise owners the tools, skills and mentorship to build a successful digital presence. This new series of workshops is in partnership with Empower by GoDaddy.

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