Brian Bickford – Caribou

Brian Bickford

Photo Credit: Chris Bennett

40 Stories for 40 Years – Profilee 2

When Brian took NVME’s Venturing Forth class in 2016, he was looking for support from an organization that “instilled confidence.” He found that at New Ventures Maine.

Brian During his time with NVME, Brian learned helpful skills to redefine failure and feel empowered. He shares that before the class his self-growth was hindered due to lack of good information and knowledge. By completing the Venturing Forth Class, he “gained the confidence to move forward and expand” his gourmet marshmallow business.   In addition, he enjoyed learning techniques like how to better price and market his products.

Brian has expanded Sweet Delight Confections since taking Venturing Forth.  Brian says, “I feel successful now as I am finally able to take a draw from my business.” Bringing his son Levi on board will help Brian meet future demands and build a legacy with his business. Having his son work with him also brings him great joy!

Brian hopes to further expand his business as he works on recipes for his adult marshmallow line – marshmallows infused with alcohol. He is also planning to add fudge as a new product.

Brian recommends that people consider taking Venturing Forth. He affirms, “Everyone has a talent that they can market.” He describes the class as, “fun, enlightening, and beneficial in all aspects of my business.”

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-09-10 September 10, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-09-17 September 17, 2019Start a BusinessAugustaCentral
Private: Foundations for Online Marketing (Empower…2019-09-21 September 21, 2019Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Work for Yourself@50+2019-09-24 September 24, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Business Basics2019-09-16 September 16, 2019
(ends September 30, 2019)
Start a BusinessBangorNorth Central/Downeast
Work for Yourself@50+2019-10-01 October 01, 2019Start a BusinessFarmingtonWestern
Is Art your Business?2019-10-02 October 02, 2019Start a BusinessTenants HarborMidcoast
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-10-03 October 03, 2019Start a BusinessFort FairfieldNorthern
Work for Yourself@50+2019-10-10 October 10, 2019Start a BusinessWindhamSouthern
Work for Yourself@50+2019-10-16 October 16, 2019Start a BusinessGorhamSouthern
Work for Yourself@50+2019-10-18 October 18, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Business Basics2019-10-15 October 15, 2019
(ends October 29, 2019)
Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2019-08-28 August 28, 2019
(ends November 27, 2019)
Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2019-12-03 December 03, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2019-09-17 September 17, 2019
(ends December 10, 2019)
Start a BusinessYork County location TBDSouthern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2019-09-12 September 12, 2019
(ends December 19, 2019)
Start a BusinessBrunswickMidcoast
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2020-02-19 February 19, 2020
(ends May 13, 2020)
Start a BusinessSouth PortlandSouthern