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Awards up to $1,000 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 2022 is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 6.

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 $1,000 per region) to microenterprises for marketing projects through a competitive application process.

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 $150,000.

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. $250 match required for $1000 grant).  Matching funds can come from business profits, personal funds, or other sources.

Region-Specific contacts: If you have questions, contact the NVME staff person in your region:

APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR SPRING 2022

 

Norway Savings Bank

Marketing Mini Grants are sponsored in part by Norway Savings Bank,
Katahdin Trust Company, and Kennebec Savings Bank.

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Business Basics2022-07-20 July 20, 2022
(ends August 03, 2022)
Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Grow Your Business Online- Create My Site2022-08-03 August 03, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2022-08-10 August 10, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Grow Your Business Online2022-06-01 June 01, 2022
(ends August 31, 2022)
Start a BusinessONLINE AnytimeStatewide
Business Success- Introduction to Self Employ2022-09-07 September 07, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Values + Mission2022-09-14 September 14, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Your Marketing Strategy2022-09-21 September 21, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Pricing Strategies2022-09-28 September 28, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Bookkeeping Solutions2022-10-05 October 05, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Projecting Cash Flow2022-10-12 October 12, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success Series2022-09-07 September 07, 2022
(ends October 19, 2022)
Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Tax Readiness2022-10-19 October 19, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Basics2022-10-06 October 06, 2022
(ends October 20, 2022)
Start a BusinessOnline EveningStatewide
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2022-10-27 October 27, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2022-11-01 November 01, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Venturing Forth- Business Planning for Entrep2022-08-16 August 16, 2022
(ends November 22, 2022)
Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2022-11-30 November 30, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2022-12-06 December 06, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide