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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
Exploring Self-Employment2024-06-25 June 25, 2024Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Work for Yourself@50+2024-09-10 September 10, 2024Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2024-09-12 September 12, 2024Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Exploring Self-Employment2024-09-18 September 18, 2024Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Basics2024-09-18 September 18, 2024
(ends October 02, 2024)
Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Work for Yourself@50+2024-10-09 October 09, 2024Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeWestern
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2024-10-10 October 10, 2024Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Exploring Self-Employment2024-10-16 October 16, 2024Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Your Marketing Strategy2024-10-17 October 17, 2024Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Pricing Strategies2024-10-24 October 24, 2024Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Bookkeeping Solutions2024-10-31 October 31, 2024Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2024-11-07 November 07, 2024Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Work for Yourself@50+2024-11-13 November 13, 2024Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Projecting Cash Flow2024-11-14 November 14, 2024Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Basics2024-11-05 November 05, 2024
(ends November 19, 2024)
Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeCentral
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2024-09-03 September 03, 2024
(ends December 03, 2024)
Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Grow Your Business Online2024-01-01 January 01, 2024
(ends December 31, 2024)
Start a BusinessONLINE AnytimeStatewide