Ellen Thayer – South Portland

Ellen

Photo Credit: Chris Bennett

40 Stories for 40 Years – Profilee 8

Ellen’s transitions began when her position as the Executive Producer of Media Marketing for Weather Services International was eliminated. Soon thereafter, her weekend hours as a Boston TV Meteorologist dwindled. Struggling with these major career changes, Ellen knew she needed support. She wanted to change her life’s direction, end the hours of commuting time, and fulfill her dream of being a full-time artist in Maine. Yet, she was unsure of how to make a living in this role. This is when she heard about New Ventures Maine (then known as Women, Work, and Community).

Ellen In 2010, she began exploring the world of self-employment through NVME’s Basics of Starting a Business class.  After successfully completing that class, she enrolled in NVME’s 2011 Venturing Forth entrepreneurship class.  Venturing Forth supported her in diving deeper into the self-employment planning process. “Both of these classes paved the way to enlightenment on all facets of what I needed to become an entrepreneur,” she shares.  Ellen’s participation in NVME’s classes sparked ideas that she could put into action.

After taking the classes, her confidence in her artistic and business skills expanded.  So, she decided to move forward with creating art using her collection of hundreds of heart-shaped rocks.  This distinctive artform would emerge as Love Rocks Me®.  Ellen reflects, “NVME pulled all of the pieces of the entrepreneurial puzzle together allowing me to build my business from the ground up.”

In 2012, Ellen attended the New England Made wholesale show.  At the show, Love Rocks Me® offered Ellen’s first 20 heart and rock card designs and prints. Her products were a hit.  Subsequently, Ellen began winning 1st and 2nd place Best Booth awards at the trade show, and her designs and product line grew. In 2016, she was the SBA’s award winner for Maine and New England’s Home Based Business of the Year.  Today, Love Rocks Me® sells seven product lines, all Ellen’s creations, to more than 200 shops in 16 states.

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Work for Yourself@50+2019-10-18 October 18, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Foundations for Online Marketing2019-10-19 October 19, 2019Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Foundations for Online Marketing2019-10-21 October 21, 2019Start a BusinessSacoSouthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-10-22 October 22, 2019Start a BusinessOaklandCentral
Business Basics2019-10-17 October 17, 2019
(ends October 24, 2019)
Start a BusinessBrunswickMidcoast
Creating your Web Presence2019-10-26 October 26, 2019Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Creating your Web Presence2019-10-28 October 28, 2019Start a BusinessSacoSouthern
Business Basics2019-10-15 October 15, 2019
(ends October 29, 2019)
Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-10-29 October 29, 2019Start a BusinessMechanic FallsWestern
Business Basics2019-10-16 October 16, 2019
(ends October 30, 2019)
Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Fueling Your Online Presence2019-11-02 November 02, 2019Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Fueling Your Online Presence2019-11-04 November 04, 2019Start a BusinessSacoSouthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-11-05 November 05, 2019Start a BusinessOnlineStatewide
Foundations for Online Marketing2019-11-06 November 06, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Business Basics2019-10-23 October 23, 2019
(ends November 06, 2019)
Start a BusinessEllsworthNorth Central/Downeast
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2019-11-07 November 07, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Business Basics2019-11-08 November 08, 2019Start a BusinessVinalhavenMidcoast
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-11-19 November 19, 2019Start a BusinessBoothbay HarborMidcoast
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-11-19 November 19, 2019Start a BusinessAugustaCentral
Business Basics2019-11-05 November 05, 2019
(ends November 19, 2019)
Start a BusinessFarmingtonWestern
Creating your Web Presence2019-11-20 November 20, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
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
Fueling Your Online Presence2019-12-04 December 04, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-12-12 December 12, 2019Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-12-12 December 12, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2019-09-16 September 16, 2019
(ends December 16, 2019)
Start a BusinessSacoSouthern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2020-02-19 February 19, 2020
(ends May 13, 2020)
Start a BusinessSouth PortlandSouthern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2020-03-05 March 05, 2020
(ends June 04, 2020)
Start a BusinessBrunswickMidcoast