Announcing new staff

NVME Hires Three Small Business Advisors to Microenterprise Team

New Ventures Maine is pleased to welcome three new staff members to the microenterprise team: Oyebanjo Ogunlela, Dion Olmstead, and Destin DeCambre. These three small business advisors join a strong team of experienced instructors, coaches, and business owners that is ready to serve existing and would-be entrepreneurs across the state.

photo of Alicia LaFosse

Staff Spotlight: Alicia LaFosse

New Ventures Maine has hired Alicia LaFosse of Bath as a microenterprise specialist who will advise existing and new small business owners in planning, developing management tools, and practicing entrepreneurial skills. She will be based at the UMA Lewiston-Auburn Center.

Salty dog owner standing in front of a dog photo collage

Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in North Central/Downeast Maine

We are excited to announce the recipient of our North Central/Downeast Fall Marketing Mini-Grant – Salty Dogs in Blue Hill, Maine! About The Business Salty Dogs is a dog training and behavior modification facility serving the Blue Hill and greater Downeast areas. Their mission is to educate dogs and empower their owners. They achieve their mission through positive, force-free, compassionate teaching. In addition to classes, they also offer private training. Their services …

Great North Woods Herbs and Botanicals at a craft fair

Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in Aroostook County

Congratulations to Great North Woods Herbs and Botanicals for being selected as our Fall 2018 Marketing Mini-Grant Recipient! Great North Woods Herbs and Botanicals will use the $500 mini-grant to develop an engaging website. The new website will help them increase the visibility of their business.  They also hope to develop consistently branded marketing materials as part of their overall marketing plan. Their mission is to provide quality herbal and natural …

Larrisa Davis

Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in Western Maine

Congratulations to The Soul Path Artist in Hiram, ME for being selected as our Fall 2018 Western Region Marketing Mini-Grant recipient! She was selected from a strong group of applicants in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties. About the Soul Path Artist  Larissa Davis founded The Soul Path Artist in 2017.  She offers motivational presentations, workshops, and retreats for individuals that are interested in using their own inner creativity as a tool to achieve …

Lincey standing in her studio

Marketing Mini-Grant Awarded in Western Maine

We are excited to announce the winner of our fall 2017 Marketing Mini-Grant competition for small businesses in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties.   Congratulations Lincey Viel and Arthlin Jewelry! The fall 2017 Marketing Mini-Grant was awarded to Arthlin Jewelry LLC of Auburn, Maine. Arthlin Jewelry was selected from a strong group of applicants throughout the western Maine region. Criteria for the contest included gross revenue criteria and having five or fewer employees. …

Man smiling and talking at a job fair.

Making the Most of Maine’s Job Fairs

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Development Specialist   If you are looking for a new career, visit one of the many job fairs offered this fall. Job fairs are a great place to learn about different companies, find available positions, and to connect with employers. You can find a list of Maine CareerCenter job fairs here.   Follow these tips to make the job fair work for you: …

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