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
Introduction to Self-Employment2020-12-08 December 08, 2020Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2020-12-16 December 16, 2020Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Main Street Rise: Grow Your Business Online2020-05-01 May 01, 2020
(ends December 31, 2020)
Start a BusinessONLINE AnytimeStatewide
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2021-01-21 January 21, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Work for Yourself@50+2021-01-21 January 21, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE MorningStatewide
Business Basics2021-01-13 January 13, 2021
(ends January 27, 2021)
Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2021-02-09 February 09, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Work for Yourself@50+2021-02-18 February 18, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide
Work for Yourself@50+2021-03-18 March 18, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE MorningStatewide
Work for Yourself@50+2021-04-15 April 15, 2021Start a BusinessONLINE EveningStatewide