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Marketing mini-grants available through New Ventures Maine

Sweet Life Kettle Corn was a recent recipient of the New Ventures marketing grant.

FARMINGTON - Are you a small business owner that is looking for a marketing boost? New Ventures Maine is announcing an opportunity for small businesses to apply for a marketing mini-grant. The application deadline is November 2, 2018.

New Ventures Maine'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 a competitive processes. The program is supported and partially funded by Norway Savings Bank.

A total of $500 is available in the current November 2018 grant cycle for businesses in the western region that includes Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties. Eligible businesses for the mini-grant employ 5 or fewer full time equivalent employees and have gross annual sales under $250,000. Not-for-profit organizations or businesses are not eligible. A 25% match of the prize amount will be required. Mini‐grants support business marketing and promotion, not the production of products or purchase of equipment, tools, furnishings, or other fixed assets.

Interested small business owners can apply for the marketing mini-grant online at More information about the mini-grant program and about the competitions in the other five regions of the state are also available at Please contact Karleen Andrews the Microenterprise Specialist for NVME Western Region at if you prefer a paper application. The deadline for the mini-grant application is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 2018.

New Ventures Maine, administrated by the University of Maine in Augusta, is the only statewide organization offering skills development and support in the three areas of career planning, entrepreneurship and financial management. Please visit their website at to learn more about all their services

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