Michelle Velilla – Minot

Michelle sitting at table with children's toys

Photo Credit: Chris Bennett

40 Stories for 40 Years – Profilee 37

Michelle came to New Ventures Maine in hopes of “finding a better opportunity” for herself and her family.  As a young mother and wife, she wanted to build a business that would support her family. Michelle believed that she could channel her passion for working with children into a successful business, but she wasn’t sure how to put the pieces together. Therefore, she reached out to New Ventures Maine for support.

Through NVME’s microenterprise programs, she explored the possibility of providing childcare services in Lewiston, ME.  She explains, “After researching ways to help teach children, I decided to start my own childcare business. My business trainer at NVME taught me everything I needed to know about starting and growing a business.”

In addition to participating in NVME’s microenterprise training, Michelle also decided to sign-up for the Family Development Account matched savings program. She set the goal of saving to purchase a home. She has now achieved that goal with the help of the FDA program.

Today, Michelle’s business, Totally Kidz, is one of Lewiston’s highest-rated private childcare centers. “We’ve grown from our beginning 20-child capacity to currently caring for 114 children, and we employ about sixteen employees,” she shares. Michelle enjoys working with the children and training her employees to provide a high-quality and nurturing learning environment.

When asked what advice she has for others, Michelle says, “Never give up on your dreams!”

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Business Success- Introduction to Self Employ2020-09-29 September 29, 2020Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2020-09-29 September 29, 2020Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Business Success- Values + Mission2020-10-06 October 06, 2020Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Work for Yourself@50+2020-10-07 October 07, 2020Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Business Success- Your Marketing Strategy2020-10-13 October 13, 2020Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Getting Your Business Online: Where to Start2020-10-14 October 14, 2020Start a BusinessONLINE EveningMidcoast
Business Success- Pricing Strategies2020-10-20 October 20, 2020Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Bookkeeping Solutions2020-10-27 October 27, 2020Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Projecting Cash Flow2020-11-03 November 03, 2020Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Work for Yourself@50+2020-11-04 November 04, 2020Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- QuickBooks- Is it right for2020-11-10 November 10, 2020Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Tax Readiness2020-11-17 November 17, 2020Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success Series- Fall 20202020-09-29 September 29, 2020
(ends November 17, 2020)
Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Basics2020-11-05 November 05, 2020
(ends November 19, 2020)
Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Main Street Rise: Grow Your Business Online2020-05-01 May 01, 2020
(ends December 31, 2020)
Start a BusinessONLINE AnytimeStatewide