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 Success- Introduction to Self Employ2021-02-04 February 04, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2021-02-09 February 09, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Business Success- Introduction to Self Employ2021-02-09 February 09, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Business Success- Values + Mission2021-02-11 February 11, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Values + Mission2021-02-16 February 16, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningMidcoast
Business Success- Your Marketing Strategy2021-02-18 February 18, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Work for Yourself@50+2021-02-18 February 18, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Business Success- Your Marketing Strategy2021-02-23 February 23, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Business Success- Getting Your Business Onlin2021-02-25 February 25, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Getting Your Business Onlin2021-03-02 March 02, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Business Success- Pricing Strategies2021-03-04 March 04, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Pricing Strategies2021-03-09 March 09, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2021-03-10 March 10, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Bookkeeping Solutions2021-03-11 March 11, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Bookkeeping Solutions2021-03-16 March 16, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Work for Yourself@50+2021-03-18 March 18, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Projecting Cash Flow2021-03-18 March 18, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Projecting Cash Flow2021-03-23 March 23, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2021-03-24 March 24, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Business Success- Using Your Business Financi2021-03-25 March 25, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Using Your Business Financi2021-03-30 March 30, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Business Success- QuickBooks- Is it right for2021-04-01 April 01, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- QuickBooks- Is it right for2021-04-06 April 06, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Grow Your Business Online LIVE!2021-04-07 April 07, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success Series (AM)2021-02-04 February 04, 2021
(ends April 08, 2021)
Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Tax Readiness2021-04-08 April 08, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Tax Readiness2021-04-13 April 13, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningCentral
Business Success Series (PM)2021-02-09 February 09, 2021
(ends April 13, 2021)
Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Work for Yourself@50+2021-04-15 April 15, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Grow Your Business Online2021-01-12 January 12, 2021
(ends April 16, 2021)
Start a BusinessONLINE AnytimeStatewide