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.

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Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in Western Maine

We are excited to announce the winner of our fall 2017 Marketing Mini-Grant competition for small businesses in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties.   Congratulations Lincey Viel and Arthlin Jewelry! The fall 2017 Marketing Mini-Grant was awarded to Arthlin Jewelry LLC of Auburn, Maine. Arthlin Jewelry was selected from a strong group of applicants throughout the western Maine region. Criteria for the contest included gross revenue criteria and having five or fewer employees. …

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Why we Can’t Afford NOT to Invest

Written by Chris Davis, Western Region Workforce Specialist  Many people have money sitting in their savings account or stashed in their freezer. This can be a good thing until you compare it to how much you would earn by investing a part of it each month. If fear or a lack of know-how keeps you from making the step towards investing, here is some info to help you move forward. …

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Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in Western Maine

Written by Karleen Andrews, Western Region Microenterprise Specialist   We are excited to announce the winners of its marketing mini-grant competition for small businesses in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties! The mini-marketing grant for May 2017 was shared between two businesses. They are Needless, Co of Lewiston and Sew Crazy of Wilton, Maine. The funds from the New Ventures Maine Marketing Mini-Grant will be used towards elements of the marketing …

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Spring Small Business Strategy

Written by Karleen Andrews, Western Region Microenterprise Specialist   Does your business feel like it is just coming out of hibernation? Over the winter, perhaps you had your collar turned up against the extremes of high operating expenses and lower revenues. Now, you are hungry for sales, and you may turn in any direction to find them. This is a great time to evaluate the business, develop a plan and …

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NVME Awards Marketing Mini-Grant in Western Maine

Congratulations to Pleasant River Farms in Mason Township for being selected as our Western Region’s Marketing Mini-Grant recipient for November 2016!   Dean and Deborah Richmond started this family farm ten years ago with a small herd of cattle.  This farm specializes in organic, grass-fed beef. They are currently the only Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association (MOFCA) certified organic beef producer in Oxford County. To meet their commitment to …

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Welcome to our New Staff

New Ventures Maine is pleased to announce the addition of two new Workforce Specialists.   Sherrie Brann is based at UMA’s Handley Hall in Augusta and will provide career planning and financial education services in Kennebec and Somerset Counties.    She has a BA in English from the University of Maine (first in her family to graduate with a degree) and a MS in Education from Walden University.  Sherrie lives …

Winner of InnovateHer Competition with judges

InnovateHER Competition Winner Announced

A Lewiston resident submitted the winning business plan to New Ventures Maine, (NVME), host of a 2016 InnovateHER competition.  Debra Anne Matthews’ proposal for a Lymphatic Retreat Center will now be forwarded to the Small Business Administration, the competition sponsor, to compete for cash prizes at the national level.   The InnovateHER challenge taking place throughout the country, is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to contribute to addressing unique challenges facing  …

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