Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur
Jill Doucette has had a long-term relationship with NVME. She first reached out to NVME in 2001 when she signed up for a pro se divorce class. She recalls that at that time, “I had low self-esteem and was overwhelmed with stress in my life.” Of course, much has changed since then. Through the years, Jill took several additional NVME classes which helped her on her way: classes in the areas of financial literacy and small business development. With this training as underpinning, she opened and ran a successful photography business for 12 years.
A New Direction
Although she still enjoys photography, in 2016, Jill took a job as a grant writer for Pines Health Services in Caribou. She credits NVME with helping her strengthen her self-confidence to a point that enabled her to apply for this position. Jill reflects that the new job has “opened many doors for me.” She now has “more stable income, better self-esteem, and the opportunity to further develop her leadership skills.” She works with CEOs, foundations and health care professionals at local, state, and national levels.
A Developing Leader
In that way the job complements another aspect of her long-term relationship with NVME. Jill has served as an Ambassador for NVME for well over five years. As an Ambassador she has “increased awareness of NVME programs, participated in fundraising events, and honed her leadership skills.” Through mentoring others and learning more about state and local government, Jill has learned how to advocate for herself and others in support of “essential programs and policies that better our communities and our citizens, leading to economic and personal growth.”
Going forward, Jill hopes to increase her involvement in state government, while continuing in her role as an Ambassador for NVME. She aims to learn more about “the law-making process so she can better advocate for needed programs and stay informed on upcoming legislation.” Her advice for anyone seeking to build leadership skills, but hesitant to jump in? “Start small, build upon successes and find good mentors!”