AUGUSTA — New Ventures Maine announces marketing mini-grant opportunity for small businesses in western Maine looking for a marketing boost.

Under the program, New Ventures awards cash mini-grants of up to $500 to micro-enterprises for marketing projects via a competitive process. This program is supported and partially funded by Norway Savings Bank.

A total of $500 is available in the May 2018 grant cycle for businesses in the western region which includes Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties.

Eligible businesses for the mini-grant employ five or fewer full-time equivalent employees and have gross annual sales of less than $250,000. Not-for-profit organizations or businesses are not eligible. A 25 percent 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 For those who prefer a paper application, contact Karleen Andrews at [email protected] The deadline for submitting the mini-grant application is 11:59 p.m. Friday, May 4.

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