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Fall 2018 Marketing Mini-Grant Awardee Selected in Southern Maine

Congratulations to Mill Cove Baking Company! Nina Murray, the owner of Mill Cove Baking Company, has been selected as our Fall 2018 Southern Maine Marketing Mini-Grant Pitch Competition recipient. Murray will receive $500 to use towards the design of new product packaging. “Thank you so much, how exciting!” Murray wrote after receiving notification that she won the $500 grant. “The funds will be put to very good use!” Murray says this …

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Living Within Your Means

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Specialist Living “within your means” is basically spending less than you earn. In today’s society, it is easy to develop a lifestyle of living beyond our means. This can be due to easy access to credit cards and loans or not paying close attention to our spending. Eventually, this lifestyle leads to financial stress, which is why many of us would like to …

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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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Finally, it’s Your Turn to Pick and Choose!

Written by Chris Davis, Western Region Workforce Specialist  Right now in Maine, there are more people retiring each year than there are new workers to replace them. This imbalance is a little scary for our service providers and manufacturers. For people like you and me, this means a big increase in the number of career opportunities available. It is a mighty good time to explore and prepare for a career …

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Does Your Paycheck Need a Checkup?

Written by Janet Smith, Regional Manager and Workforce Specialist in NVME’s Western Region  What Happened? At the beginning of this year, major changes to federal income tax rates went into effect across the country. These changes may have impacted your take-home pay and may also affect your 2018 taxes when you file in 2019. Who Does it Impact? If you fall into one of the following categories, it’s crucial that …

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Welcoming Our New Operations Manager!

We are excited to welcome our new Operations Manager, Rachel Boynton.  Rachel will coordinate our administrative & financial systems while also providing data management and support to staff statewide. She joins our staff from the Maine State Housing Authority, where she recently held the position of Financial Officer II. Prior to joining New Ventures Maine, Rachel coordinated the Section 8 contracts for low-income housing across the State of Maine; managing several …

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Building Confidence

Written by Tom Grogan, North Central/Downeast Region Workforce Specialist “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” – Lao Tzu   Start With Confidence Why is developing a sense of confidence important in a job search? Because it is a key part of any new …

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What Employers Want

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Specialist  The good news in today’s job market is that unemployment rates are low. However, for some employers, this makes it hard to fill key positions with strong candidates. So what are hiring managers looking for when selecting employees? Every field requires a unique set of technical skills, but what sets one job applicant apart from the rest? The answer may be in the …

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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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