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
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-12-12 December 12, 2019Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-12-12 December 12, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2019-09-16 September 16, 2019
(ends December 16, 2019)
Start a BusinessSacoSouthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2020-01-13 January 13, 2020Start a BusinessStatewide
Business Basics2020-01-15 January 15, 2020
(ends January 29, 2020)
Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2020-01-29 January 29, 2020Start a BusinessStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2020-02-10 February 10, 2020Start a BusinessStatewide
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2020-02-26 February 26, 2020Start a BusinessStatewide
Build Your Business Series2020-02-26 February 26, 2020
(ends March 25, 2020)
Start a BusinessCaribouNorthern
Foundations for Online Marketing2020-03-30 March 30, 2020Start a BusinessGorhamSouthern
Creating your Web Presence2020-04-06 April 06, 2020Start a BusinessGorhamSouthern
Fueling Your Online Presence2020-04-13 April 13, 2020Start a BusinessGorhamSouthern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2020-02-19 February 19, 2020
(ends May 13, 2020)
Start a BusinessSouth PortlandSouthern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2020-03-05 March 05, 2020
(ends May 21, 2020)
Start a BusinessBangorNorth Central/Downeast
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2020-03-12 March 12, 2020
(ends June 11, 2020)
Start a BusinessBrunswickMidcoast