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 Employ2021-02-04 February 04, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2021-02-09 February 09, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Business Success- Introduction to Self Employ2021-02-09 February 09, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Business Success- Values + Mission2021-02-11 February 11, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Values + Mission2021-02-16 February 16, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningMidcoast
Business Success- Your Marketing Strategy2021-02-18 February 18, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Work for Yourself@50+2021-02-18 February 18, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Business Success- Your Marketing Strategy2021-02-23 February 23, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Business Success- Getting Your Business Onlin2021-02-25 February 25, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Getting Your Business Onlin2021-03-02 March 02, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Business Success- Pricing Strategies2021-03-04 March 04, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Pricing Strategies2021-03-09 March 09, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2021-03-10 March 10, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Bookkeeping Solutions2021-03-11 March 11, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Bookkeeping Solutions2021-03-16 March 16, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Work for Yourself@50+2021-03-18 March 18, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Projecting Cash Flow2021-03-18 March 18, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Projecting Cash Flow2021-03-23 March 23, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2021-03-24 March 24, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Business Success- Using Your Business Financi2021-03-25 March 25, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Using Your Business Financi2021-03-30 March 30, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Business Success- QuickBooks- Is it right for2021-04-01 April 01, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- QuickBooks- Is it right for2021-04-06 April 06, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Grow Your Business Online LIVE!2021-04-07 April 07, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success Series (AM)2021-02-04 February 04, 2021
(ends April 08, 2021)
Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Tax Readiness2021-04-08 April 08, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Tax Readiness2021-04-13 April 13, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningCentral
Business Success Series (PM)2021-02-09 February 09, 2021
(ends April 13, 2021)
Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Work for Yourself@50+2021-04-15 April 15, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Grow Your Business Online2021-01-12 January 12, 2021
(ends April 16, 2021)
Start a BusinessONLINE AnytimeStatewide