Peggy Hill – Arundel

Peggy sitting in a blue chair

Photo Credit: Chris Bennett

40 Stories for 40 Years – Profilee 28

Peggy had four children, no job history, and found herself in an abusive marriage. She went to her local Career Center looking for answers. When she arrived, someone handed her a sticky note with “Ruth Graves at WWC” written on it. She found the courage to call New Ventures Maine (then known as Women, Work, and Community) and picked up the phone. “That one call changed my life,” Peggy shares.

The next day, Peggy attended Ruth’s Employability Effectiveness Training class. She explains, “At that time, I was beaten down, introverted, and lacking a support system.” During the class, she learned about entrepreneurship, different management styles, and transferable skills. After taking the class, Peggy realized she had many skills she hadn’t thought about before. With a newfound sense of empowerment, she was confident that she could create her resume.

Unfortunately, feeling empowered only made her marriage more challenging. So, Peggy ended her marriage, then found herself penniless with four children, no child support, and a mortgage. She began receiving TANF, food stamps, and MaineCare. To make ends meet, she also found work raking blueberries, washing dishes, delivering telephone books, and more.  

Peggy standing against a blue wallKnowing that she needed to develop her skills, Peggy decided to take advantage of programs that could help her move forward. She started by participating in small business workshops at New Ventures Maine. Then, received her Class B CDL through Women Unlimited. Next, she attended real estate sales training through the help of TANF. As a result, Peggy’s toolkit began to grow.

Moving forward, she began to find new types of employment. She drove a bus, started her own painting and tiling business, and became a real estate broker. Most recently, Peggy finished first in Maine as Coldwell Banker’s Residential Broker and is now a job creator.

Peggy reflects, “I was a 33-year-old mom of four, introverted and convinced I was ugly and useless. New Ventures Maine gave me the strength and empowerment to change and live my best life.”

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Work for Yourself@50+2019-10-18 October 18, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Foundations for Online Marketing2019-10-19 October 19, 2019Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Foundations for Online Marketing2019-10-21 October 21, 2019Start a BusinessSacoSouthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-10-22 October 22, 2019Start a BusinessOaklandCentral
Business Basics2019-10-17 October 17, 2019
(ends October 24, 2019)
Start a BusinessBrunswickMidcoast
Creating your Web Presence2019-10-26 October 26, 2019Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Creating your Web Presence2019-10-28 October 28, 2019Start a BusinessSacoSouthern
Business Basics2019-10-15 October 15, 2019
(ends October 29, 2019)
Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-10-29 October 29, 2019Start a BusinessMechanic FallsWestern
Business Basics2019-10-16 October 16, 2019
(ends October 30, 2019)
Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Fueling Your Online Presence2019-11-02 November 02, 2019Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Fueling Your Online Presence2019-11-04 November 04, 2019Start a BusinessSacoSouthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-11-05 November 05, 2019Start a BusinessOnlineStatewide
Foundations for Online Marketing2019-11-06 November 06, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Business Basics2019-10-23 October 23, 2019
(ends November 06, 2019)
Start a BusinessEllsworthNorth Central/Downeast
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2019-11-07 November 07, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Business Basics2019-11-08 November 08, 2019Start a BusinessVinalhavenMidcoast
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-11-19 November 19, 2019Start a BusinessBoothbay HarborMidcoast
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-11-19 November 19, 2019Start a BusinessAugustaCentral
Business Basics2019-11-05 November 05, 2019
(ends November 19, 2019)
Start a BusinessFarmingtonWestern
Creating your Web Presence2019-11-20 November 20, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2019-08-28 August 28, 2019
(ends November 27, 2019)
Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2019-12-03 December 03, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Fueling Your Online Presence2019-12-04 December 04, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
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
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 June 04, 2020)
Start a BusinessBrunswickMidcoast