Susan Maley – Stockholm

Susan leaning on her counter smiling

Photo Credit: Chris Bennett

40 Stories for 40 Years – Profilee 23

In 2016, Susan began thinking about opening a quilting shop in Northern Maine.  At that time, she was unemployed and collecting unemployment insurance for the first time in her life. When she saw a flyer for Venturing Forth, New Ventures Maine’s 12-week business planning course, she decided to turn her dream into a reality.

Susan feels that Venturing Forth had a direct impact on her life. “It gave me the tools and knowledge to go through the necessary process,” she shares. The class took her outside of her comfort zone – pushing her to take action.

Susan standing in front of her fabric Susan opened Aroostook Stitches in Caribou in April 2017.  She has created a business that caters to quilters throughout Northern Maine and Canada. She offers quality quilting supplies and informative classes to new and experienced quilters.

Although she is “still learning,” Susan asserts that she has reached the two goals that she set for herself.  One – to open a quilt supply store, and two – to create a successful business.

With her typical good sense of humor, Susan points out that her biggest challenge is purchasing her own products.  “I need to practice more self-control and quit shopping,” she jokes.

This new business owner is proud of her accomplishments and “grateful for all of it.” Her advice to other new or budding entrepreneurs – “Inhale. Exhale. Breathe. Slow down…and, take a New Ventures Maine class!”

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Work for Yourself@50+2019-09-24 September 24, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Business Basics2019-09-16 September 16, 2019
(ends September 30, 2019)
Start a BusinessBangorNorth Central/Downeast
Work for Yourself@50+2019-10-01 October 01, 2019Start a BusinessFarmingtonWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-10-03 October 03, 2019Start a BusinessFort FairfieldNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-10-03 October 03, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-10-08 October 08, 2019Start a BusinessMexicoWestern
Work for Yourself@50+2019-10-10 October 10, 2019Start a BusinessWindhamSouthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-10-10 October 10, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Foundations for Online Marketing2019-10-12 October 12, 2019Start a BusinessBangorNorth Central/Downeast
Work for Yourself@50+2019-10-16 October 16, 2019Start a BusinessGorhamSouthern
Work for Yourself@50+2019-10-18 October 18, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
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 Presence2019-10-28 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 Presence2019-11-04 November 04, 2019Start a BusinessSacoSouthern
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
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-11-19 November 19, 2019Start a BusinessBoothbay HarborMidcoast
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 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