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
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