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Fall 2018 Marketing Mini-Grants

Are you a small business owner with an exciting marketing idea? Our fall 2018 Marketing Mini-Grant Program could help you put your idea into action! Awards of $500 are given to applicants who are selected through a competitive process in each of our 6 regions. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 2018. To learn more and apply, click here. 

Branding Matters

Written by Jenn Dobransky, Midcoast Microenterprise Specialist The keys to brand success are self-definition, transparency, authenticity and accountability. – Simon Mainwaring I am in good company when I emphasize how important it is to create a solid brand in your small business. In a nutshell, this means taking the time to think about the image you want to present to the marketplace.  Do the market research to find, attract, and …

Nicholas and Mika

Midcoast Marketing Mini-Grant Recipients Announced

Congratulations to both of our spring 2018 Marketing Mini-Grant recipients in Midcoast Maine! go-en fermented foods – Whitefield go-en fermented foods is a small family owned fermentory owned by Nicolas & Mika Repenning. They specialize in traditionally fermented Japanese seasonings and foods. Their goal is to enrich Maine with Japanese culture by spreading the ancient culinary wisdom of Japan. They also hope to excite people’s taste buds with healthy nourishing foods. …

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Taking Your Business Plan to the Bank

Written by Karin Petrin, Aroostook Microenterprise Specialist It Starts With an Idea You’ve got a great idea for starting a business and your friends keep telling you to put it into action. You type “Business Plan” into the search bar of your favorite internet browser. Then, 3 billion possibilities for drafting a business plan pop up. There are software solutions, templates, how-to articles, and sources upon sources of informative topics …

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Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in Millinocket

We are pleased to announce the recipient of our Marketing Mini-Grant in our North Central/Downeast region, Hillcrest Golf Club! Hillcrest Golf Club is located in Millinocket, Maine. Their efforts to expand their customer base include collaborating with area lodging facilities to create “Stay and Play” packages. This builds on the movement to increase tourism for those wanting an outdoor experience in the Katahdin region while, at the same time, supporting …

Marketing Mini-Grants Awarded in Western Maine

The Sweet Life Kettle Corn, LLC of Farmington Falls and Four Pines Painting of Poland, Maine have been selected as New Ventures Maine’s spring 2018 Western Marketing Mini-Grant recipients. They were selected from a strong group of applicants from Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties. The Sweet Life Kettle Corn, LLC Mother/daughter trio, Janice Crandall, Erica Emery, and Tabitha Mitchell, founded The Sweet Life Kettle Corn, LLC in 2015. They make …

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Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in Aroostook County

Congratulations to First Mile Brewing Co. in Fort Kent for being selected as our spring 2018 Marketing Mini-Grant Recipient in Aroostook County! A Nano-brewery, their mission is to provide fresh, locally produced, crushable craft beer to the St. John Valley. Patrons can enjoy one of their custom brews in the onsite taproom. Eight different tap lines serve up a beer style suited to a variety of palates. The $500 in …

Joyce Blanchard and Eloise Vitelli

Celebrating Eloise Vitelli & Our New Enterprise Fund

On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, we celebrated the retirement of our long-time staff member, Eloise Vitelli.  The event commemorated her 38 years of leadership and dedication to helping Maine people find economic security. In honor of her commitment and contributions, we also announced the establishment of the New Ventures Maine Enterprise Fund, with generous support from the Bill and Joan Alfond Foundation and The Cosmopolitan Club of Bath. As Sally Davis …

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6 Tips for Small Business Tax Readiness

Written by Jenn Dobransky, Midcoast Region Microenterprise Specialist   Are you self-employed? If you are thinking about doing your own taxes this year, here are six tips that can help you feel prepared: Open a separate business banking account to make record keeping easy. This can be a DBA, doing business as, account. It is important to separate your business finances from your personal finances. This will make tax time …

Head shot of Rosalind, the owner of RosWerks, and recipient of the fall 2017 marketing mini-grant competition.

Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in Aroostook County

We are happy to announce the winner of our fall 2017 Marketing Mini-Grant competition for small businesses in Aroostook County. One awardee was selected from a strong group of applicants throughout Aroostook County. Congratulations, RosWerks Design & Photography! RosWerks Design & Photography in Linneus, Maine received an award of $400. The marketing mini-grant will help RosWerks acquire a professionally built website with the necessary training to maintain and update the site themselves. …

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