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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Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in North Central/Downeast Maine

We are excited to announce the recipient of our North Central/Downeast Fall Marketing Mini-Grant – Salty Dogs in Blue Hill, Maine! About The Business Salty Dogs is a dog training and behavior modification facility serving the Blue Hill and greater Downeast areas. Their mission is to educate dogs and empower their owners. They achieve their mission through positive, force-free, compassionate teaching. In addition to classes, they also offer private training. Their services …

Great North Woods Herbs and Botanicals at a craft fair

Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in Aroostook County

Congratulations to Great North Woods Herbs and Botanicals for being selected as our Fall 2018 Marketing Mini-Grant Recipient! Great North Woods Herbs and Botanicals will use the $500 mini-grant to develop an engaging website. The new website will help them increase the visibility of their business.  They also hope to develop consistently branded marketing materials as part of their overall marketing plan. Their mission is to provide quality herbal and natural …

Larrisa Davis

Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in Western Maine

Congratulations to The Soul Path Artist in Hiram, ME for being selected as our Fall 2018 Western Region Marketing Mini-Grant recipient! She was selected from a strong group of applicants in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties. About the Soul Path Artist  Larissa Davis founded The Soul Path Artist in 2017.  She offers motivational presentations, workshops, and retreats for individuals that are interested in using their own inner creativity as a tool to achieve …

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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 …

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