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New Ventures Maine announces second round of marketing mini-grants

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New Ventures Maine  awards cash mini-grants of up to $400 to microenterprises through a competitive application process to support a variety of marketing projects. A total of $400 is available for businesses in Aroostook County. Businesses will be chosen from a pool of applicants to receive grants. A 25 percent match is required.

It is open to businesses with five or fewer employees and gross sales of $250,000 or less. Application deadline is Nov. 4.

NVME marketing mini-grant program strengthens access to markets for entrepreneurs by supporting the development of professional, well-planned marketing tools, materials, and activities.  NVME’s mini-grants support new or expanded business marketing and promotion, not the production of your product or purchase of equipment, tools, furnishings, or other fixed assets. Non-profits are not eligible.

A total of nine awards were made during the last round of grants in June 2016 and included two businesses from Aroostook County. Among the winners: Dave Kelso and Linda Engelhardt, Wicked Water Graphics, Madawaska, and Sonny and Laniece Sirois, MaineSimple, Fort Fairfield. Marketing projects that were funded statewide include developing targeted print and on-line menus, color brochures and exterior signage; Facebook ads as well as direct mail programs to reach new customers.

Applications may be submitted online at https://goo.gl/forms/iQlXyAqhOa7b3xQl1, or by written application. FMI- please contact Karin Petrin, Microenterprise Specialist at 207-768-9468 or email Karin.petrin@maine.edu

A statewide organization serving all sixteen Maine counties from nine centers and outreach sites, New Ventures Maine offers skills development and support in the areas of career planning, entrepreneurship and financial management. Training is offered in person and online.

More information on marketing mini-grants as well as other programs, classes, and resources for small businesses can be found at newventuresmaine.org.