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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 Basics2022-07-20 July 20, 2022
(ends August 03, 2022)
Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Grow Your Business Online- Create My Site2022-08-03 August 03, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2022-08-10 August 10, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Grow Your Business Online2022-06-01 June 01, 2022
(ends August 31, 2022)
Start a BusinessONLINE AnytimeStatewide
Business Success- Introduction to Self Employ2022-09-07 September 07, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Values + Mission2022-09-14 September 14, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Your Marketing Strategy2022-09-21 September 21, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Pricing Strategies2022-09-28 September 28, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Bookkeeping Solutions2022-10-05 October 05, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Projecting Cash Flow2022-10-12 October 12, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success Series2022-09-07 September 07, 2022
(ends October 19, 2022)
Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Tax Readiness2022-10-19 October 19, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Basics2022-10-06 October 06, 2022
(ends October 20, 2022)
Start a BusinessOnline EveningStatewide
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2022-10-27 October 27, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2022-11-01 November 01, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Venturing Forth- Business Planning for Entrep2022-08-16 August 16, 2022
(ends November 22, 2022)
Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2022-11-30 November 30, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2022-12-06 December 06, 2022Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide