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Terry Rattie – Woodland

Terry working in his wood shop

Photo Credit: Chris Bennett

40 Stories for 40 Years – Profilee 38

Terry reached out to New Ventures Maine (NVME) in 2017. He was unemployed, new to Aroostook County, and interested in “starting a business properly.”

Terry wanted to start a business that allowed him to use a Computer Numeric Control machine to fashion signs for retail. Terry began exploring his business idea in NVME’s Introduction to Self-Employment workshop and then completed his business plan through the Business Basics class. Later, through 1-on-1 services provided by NVME, Terry continued to develop his entrepreneurial skills. NVME assisted him with finding a “better direction” and establishing the “procedural aspects” of his business plan. “NVME staff member, Karin Petrin, was able to clarify many of the aspects that I had to struggle through. Now, she continues to support me and answers questions that I have from time to time,” he shares.

Terry measuring woodTerry now owns and operates Maine Cedar Signs. He credits NVME with helping him to “take more time to develop his plan” through “inspirational and informative” services. As a result, he “developed a customer base that exceeded my original expectations.”

Terry shares that people starting new businesses may need to acknowledge that they “need to crawl before they walk.” He now knows that starting a business takes time. “You have accomplished the necessary steps of the start-up process, and then you can develop future goals,” he says.

What is in Terry’s future? He will continue working on the development of his product line as he builds a stronger presence in the marketplace. He also loves completing custom projects and hopes to develop this side of his business.

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