Awards up to $500 through a local, competitive process in each of Map showing 6 regions of state - thumbnail image of page this image links toNVME’s 6 regions.

Deadline to apply for Spring 2020 is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 1.

Background: New Ventures Maine (NVME)’s marketing mini-grant program aims to strengthen access to markets for micro-businesses by supporting the development of marketing tools, materials, and activities. Under the program NVME awards cash mini-grants (up to $500 each) to micro-enterprises for marketing projects via one of two competitive processes.

EligibilityEligible applicants include individual micro business owners, business partners, or groups of business owners. Non-profit organizations are not eligible. Businesses must apply to the region in which they are based.

Criteria for the contest: having 5 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, have sales in the current calendar year, and gross annual sales of no more than $250,000.

Use of fundsNew Ventures Maine’s mini-grants support new or expanded business marketing and promotion, not the production of product or purchase of equipment, tools, furnishings, or other fixed assets.  Professional licensure for the owner or employees and/or membership fees will not be funded. Marketing projects must be current or future projects; we are not able to fund past marketing projects (reimbursement is not available).

Business MatchYour winning grant must be matched by a 25% contribution (i.e. $125 match required for $500 grant).  Matching funds can come from business profits, personal funds, or other sources.

Region-Specific contacts: Specific information and applications are available through each region’s contact:

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Mini-grants supported in part by Norway Savings Bank

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Work for Yourself@50+2019-09-24 September 24, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Business Basics2019-09-16 September 16, 2019
(ends September 30, 2019)
Start a BusinessBangorNorth Central/Downeast
Work for Yourself@50+2019-10-01 October 01, 2019Start a BusinessFarmingtonWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-10-03 October 03, 2019Start a BusinessFort FairfieldNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-10-03 October 03, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-10-08 October 08, 2019Start a BusinessMexicoWestern
Work for Yourself@50+2019-10-10 October 10, 2019Start a BusinessWindhamSouthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-10-10 October 10, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Foundations for Online Marketing2019-10-12 October 12, 2019Start a BusinessBangorNorth Central/Downeast
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 Marketing2019-10-21 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 Presence2019-10-28 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 Presence2019-11-04 November 04, 2019Start a BusinessSacoSouthern
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
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 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