AUGUSTA — Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community announces a marketing mini-grant opportunity for small businesses in central and western Maine.

Women, Work, and Community’s program strengthens access to markets for entrepreneurs by supporting the development of professional, well-planned marketing tools, materials and activities. Under the program, WWC awards cash mini-grants of up to $400 to micro enterprises for marketing projects via a competitive process. Eligible businesses must be 5 years old or younger and employ five or fewer people. Both men- and women-owned businesses are eligible, but nonprofit organizations or businesses are not eligible. A 25 percent match of the prize amount will be required.

A total of $800 is available in the June 2015 grant cycle for businesses in Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford or Somerset counties. Three businesses will be chosen from a competitive pool of applicants to receive grants: $400 for first prize, $250 for second prize and $150 for third prize. Priority will be given to entrepreneurs operating in or whose business supports downtown business districts. Mini-grants support new or expanded business marketing and promotion, not the production of products or purchase of equipment, tools, furnishings or other fixed assets. Professional licenses and/or fees will not be funded.

To be considered for a mini-grant, entrepreneurs need to complete a one-page application form and submit it by 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 24. Winners will be announced by June 30.

The application form and more information about the mini-grant process are posted at: Completed applications should be mailed to Jean Dempster, Women, Work and Community/UMA 46 University Drive, Augusta, ME 04330, or emailed to: [email protected]

Contact Karleen Andrews, Western Region microenterprise specialist for Women, Work and Community, at 207-557-1885 for additional information about this mini-grant opportunity or small business planning services.

Women, Work and Community, administrated by the University of Maine in Augusta, is the only statewide organization offering men and women skills development and support in the three areas of career planning, entrepreneurship and financial management. Go to: to learn more about all services offered.

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