Rebecca Ness – South Portland

Head Shot of Rebecca Ness

“You can make a difference in the life of another human being and that is both the purpose and reward of being a senior care advisor.”

The Decision

The decision to start my own business was quite simply a decision to make my passion my career. But making the business a reality was not so simple. It was both an exciting and daunting endeavor. How does one go about creating a startup business?

Early in 2013 I was considering a transition from my lifelong career in healthcare administration to one assisting seniors with the complexities of aging.  It began with my experience as the primary caregiver to each of my parents over several years. After advancing through multiple health issues, my father passed away. Nine months later my mother died. Along the way, they were required to move from their home to facilities which could provide increasingly higher levels of care. This experience and my service as a hospice volunteer led to the decision to help seniors and their families navigate the challenges of later life.

Learning How to Succeed Starting a Business

People who know me well encouraged me to start the business. One of those people was a graduate of the New Ventures Maine’s (NVME’s) Venturing Forth: Business Plan Training for Entrepreneurs. She said I would learn about the startup process and develop a business plan. What wonderful advice!

During the interview for the program I said I didn’t know what I didn’t know about starting a business and needed help. This big unknown is what became clear to me in the 12-week, 60-hour course. NVME provided me with in-depth content on every aspect of the startup process and helped me write a business plan that is the cornerstone for my business  Senior Planning Advisors, LLC.  An additional benefit I received in Venturing Forth was the bond formed with my classmates and the invaluable support they provided.

Achieving my DreamSenior Planning Advisors Logo

The convergence of my professional and personal lives has led to a business that allows me to provide services to seniors, elders, and family caregivers. My services allow them to make informed decisions and feel empowered, not overwhelmed, as they navigate life-stage transitions and later-life issues. As I continue to grow the business, the staff of NVME remain available for consultation and support. I am most grateful for that!

Spreading the Word about NVME Services

The NVME program gave me a roadmap to get my business up and running. Now I am pleased to serve as a NVME Ambassador. In this role I help promote NVME’s  tuition-free services for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and people in career transition.

 

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-08-02 August 02, 2018Start a BusinessMadawaskaNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-08-08 August 08, 2018Start a BusinessCaribouNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-08-09 August 09, 2018Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-08-09 August 09, 2018Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-08-14 August 14, 2018Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-08-15 August 15, 2018Start a BusinessAugustaCentral
Business Basics2018-08-08 August 08, 2018
(ends August 22, 2018)
Start a BusinessMadawaskaNorthern
Starting a Child Care Business2018-09-06 September 06, 2018Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Customer Service: Focus on what matters2018-09-12 September 12, 2018Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-09-20 September 20, 2018Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-09-24 September 24, 2018Start a BusinessFarmingtonWestern
Business Basics2018-09-11 September 11, 2018
(ends September 25, 2018)
Start a BusinessBangorNorth Central/Downeast
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-10-11 October 11, 2018Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2018-10-11 October 11, 2018Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-10-15 October 15, 2018Start a BusinessMexicoWestern
Business Basics2018-10-03 October 03, 2018
(ends October 17, 2018)
Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-10-18 October 18, 2018Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-10-25 October 25, 2018Start a BusinessMechanic FallsWestern
Business Basics2018-10-23 October 23, 2018
(ends November 06, 2018)
Start a BusinessFarmingtonWestern
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2018-11-08 November 08, 2018Start a BusinessOnlineStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-11-15 November 15, 2018Start a BusinessBoothbay HarborMidcoast
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-11-15 November 15, 2018Start a BusinessBethelWestern
Business Basics2018-11-01 November 01, 2018
(ends November 15, 2018)
Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2018-08-28 August 28, 2018
(ends November 27, 2018)
Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2018-09-11 September 11, 2018
(ends December 11, 2018)
Start a BusinessBrunswickMidcoast
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2018-12-12 December 12, 2018Start a BusinessOnlineStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-12-13 December 13, 2018Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2018-09-26 September 26, 2018
(ends December 19, 2018)
Start a BusinessSouth PortlandSouthern