Totally Trades is going virtual!

With limits on group size and uncertainties of school schedules due to COVID-19, Totally Trades! workshops for 8th grade and high school girls to explore trade and technical careers are going virtual this fall. Beginning the week of October 19th, an interactive workshop featuring different industry sectors will be offered twice each day of the week—once in the morning and once in the evening: ·         Monday, 10/19           Bridge and Highway Building ·         Tuesday, 10/20          …

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Announcing Wabanaki Matched Savings Program

In July of 2019, New Ventures Maine and Four Directions Development Corporation (FDDC) met to discuss ways that we could partner to increase the participation rates for Maine Native Americans in matched savings programs that help low income individuals and families build savings for unexpected expenses and for future goals. Since Four Directions had been wanting to be involved in the financing of a matched savings program for tribal members, …

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New Ventures Maine Announces New AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers

New Ventures Maine (NVME) is pleased to announce two new AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers joining us this year as Campus Compact College Access and Success Coordinators.  Kate Ruehle will be based on the Augusta Campus of the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA), and Molly Cassidy will be based on the Bangor Campus of UMA.  Both will working with NVME and UMA staff and faculty and community partners to coordinate financial …

Mid-Coast Marketing Mini-Grant Winner Announced

Mid-Coast Marketing Mini-Grant Winner Announced

New Ventures Maine Midcoast Center awards Minigrant- June 2020 The Midcoast Center for New Ventures Maine awarded a marketing minigrant in the amount of $1,000.00 to CeCe Camacho.  Her business, prune is an organizing and lifestyle company helping people make space for what matters most in their lives. Services include coaching sessions/packages to help clients cultivate a mindful pruning practice in order to pare down and (re)organize and (re)design their …

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 …

Adapting Totally Trades!

Our four spring hands-on Totally Trades! Conferences for middle and high school girls to explore careers in trades and technology had to be postponed or cancelled because of COVID-19. As a result of conversations with our Maine Department of Education, Career and Technical Education (CTE) colleagues, NVME developed two short online modules for CTE and other high school juniors and seniors as they learned and we worked from home. The …

Supporting the Economic Security of Low-Income Families during COVID-19

For the safety of tax filers, staff, volunteers, and communities, the 10 CA$H Maine Coalitions (cashmaine.org) closed in-person tax sites mid-March and quickly moved to develop new options for people still needing to have their taxes prepared. Our priorities included providing quality service, maintaining physical safety, and protecting tax filers’ information shared virtually while continuing to comply with IRS guidelines. Tax filers able to do their taxes online on their …

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.  

Southern Region Marketing Mini-Grant Recipients Announced

New Ventures Maine’s (NVME) marketing mini-grant program continues to help small businesses put their best foot forward through the funding of professional, effective marketing materials and projects. This year, NVME made mini-grants of up to $1000 across the state to help entrepreneurs promote their businesses through targeted marketing projects.  In our last funding cycle in the Southern Region (Cumberland and York Counties) Rachel Knight, owner of Destination Occupation and Molly …

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