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-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