Awards up to $500 through a local, competitive process in each of Map showing 6 regions of state - thumbnail image of page this image links toNVME’s 6 regions.

Deadline to apply for Spring 2019 is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 3.

Background: New Ventures Maine (NVME)’s marketing mini-grant program aims to strengthen access to markets for micro-businesses by supporting the development of marketing tools, materials, and activities. Under the program NVME awards cash mini-grants (up to $500 each) to micro-enterprises for marketing projects via one of two competitive processes.

EligibilityEligible applicants include individual micro business owners, business partners, or groups of business owners. Non-profit organizations are not eligible. Businesses must apply to the region in which they are based.

Criteria for the contest: having 5 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, have sales in the current calendar year, and gross annual sales of no more than $250,000.

Use of fundsNew Ventures Maine’s mini-grants support new or expanded business marketing and promotion, not the production of product or purchase of equipment, tools, furnishings, or other fixed assets.  Professional licensure for the owner or employees and/or membership fees will not be funded. Marketing projects must be current or future projects; we are not able to fund past marketing projects (reimbursement is not available).

Business MatchYour winning grant must be matched by a 25% contribution (i.e. $125 match required for $500 grant).  Matching funds can come from business profits, personal funds, or other sources.

Region-Specific contacts: Specific information and applications are available through each region’s contact:

 

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Mini-grants supported in part by Norway Savings Bank

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Business Basics2019-03-14 March 14, 2019
(ends March 28, 2019)
Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2019-04-02 April 02, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2019-01-10 January 10, 2019
(ends April 04, 2019)
Start a BusinessBangorNorth Central/Downeast
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-04-04 April 04, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-04-08 April 08, 2019Start a BusinessMexicoWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-04-23 April 23, 2019Start a BusinessOaklandCentral
Business Basics2019-04-18 April 18, 2019
(ends April 25, 2019)
Start a BusinessBrunswickMidcoast
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-04-25 April 25, 2019Start a BusinessMechanic FallsWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-04-29 April 29, 2019Start a BusinessNewportNorth Central/Downeast
Business Basics2019-04-22 April 22, 2019
(ends April 29, 2019)
Start a BusinessCamden MaineMidcoast
Business Basics2019-04-29 April 29, 2019
(ends May 13, 2019)
Start a BusinessFarmingtonWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-05-15 May 15, 2019Start a BusinessAugustaCentral
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2019-03-06 March 06, 2019
(ends May 22, 2019)
Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Business Basics2019-05-14 May 14, 2019
(ends May 28, 2019)
Start a BusinessBangorNorth Central/Downeast
Business Basics2019-05-15 May 15, 2019
(ends May 29, 2019)
Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-06-04 June 04, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-06-06 June 06, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern