Theresa Berry – Patten

Theresa standing in hallway

Photo Credit: Chris Bennett

40 Stories for 40 Years – Profilee 40

In 2017 Theresa was referred to New Ventures Maine by Fedcap Rehabilitation Services. Fedcap is an organization that helps those receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) to find sustainable employment.

After going through a divorce, Theresa moved to Patten to be closer to family. Once her youngest child turned one year old, she knew she needed to seek employment. With three children of her own and a desire to help fill a need for childcare services in her region, Theresa began to entertain the idea of opening her own childcare business. With encouragement from Fedcap, she decided to move forward with this idea.

Theresa and childrenA Path Foward

To start, Theresa explored her idea through one-on-one services from NVME. Then, she enrolled in NVME’s Venturing Forth class. “The class made me take things a little more seriously and it held me accountable,” she shares. VF pushed her outside of her comfort zone and gave her confidence. After completing the class she had clear action steps and was able to move forward with opening her business.

Theresa is now the owner of Miss Theresa’s Daycare. Her biggest challenge has been, “exposing myself – putting myself out there.”She loves working with children and credits her new business with helping her become a better parent, an unexpected bonus.

Theresa feels a great sense of accomplishment. She says, “If there’s a will, there’s a way. The resources are out there, but you may have to go find them.”

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
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 Marketing2019-10-19 October 19, 2019Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
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 Presence2019-10-26 October 26, 2019Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
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 Presence2019-11-02 November 02, 2019Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Fueling Your Online Presence2019-11-04 November 04, 2019Start a BusinessSacoSouthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-11-05 November 05, 2019Start a BusinessOnlineStatewide
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
Business Basics2019-11-08 November 08, 2019Start a BusinessVinalhavenMidcoast
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 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
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