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Multiply Your Savings With an FDA Account

Written by Melinda Wildes, Midcoast Workforce Specialist Do you dream of owning your own home? Own a home that needs repairs? Are you worried about paying for vehicle repairs or unexpected expenses for your family? It can be challenging to try to figure out how to save when you are focused on meeting your daily needs.  The good news is it is never too late to start learning about saving.  …

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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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Take Care of Yourself in Your Job Search Journey

Written by Melinda Wildes, Midcoast Workforce Specialist  Take a deep breath. Your job search is a process that requires tremendous focus, energy, and centering. So many times, we default to “panic mode” when it is most counter-productive! Life is a long journey on a winding road, not a short race on a straight course, and so is this part of your life journey. Prepare for the Journey As with any …

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Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in Southern Maine

Congratulations to Pristine Cleaning Co. Tyler Pendleton, Owner of Pristine Cleaning Co., has been selected as our spring 2018 Marketing Mini-Grant recipient in Southern Maine! Mini-Grants Funds Tyler is planning to use the Marketing Mini-Grant to develop a targeted digital marketing campaign. His goals are to expand his customer base, which in turn will create more jobs within his company. About the Mini-Grant Program The goal of the program is to strengthen access …

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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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Talking to Kids About Money

Written by Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Northern Region Workforce Specialist and Regional Manager  When I was young, we did not talk about money in our house. Many parents do not want to burden their children with concern about money. A lot of people have learned from their own experiences that money, even within a family structure, is a forbidden topic. It is difficult for children to understand why they cannot have everything that they …

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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 …

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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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Gender and Career Choice

Written by Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Northern Region Workforce Specialist and Regional Manager  Gender and My Career Path As a young woman or young man, or even as a child, do you remember what kinds of jobs interested you? Where did your ideas about jobs and work come from? I worked on a farm starting in the 6th grade until I finished high school. Yet, as I grew older, my thoughts about my …

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