New Ventures Maine announced the winners of its Marketing Mini-grant competition for small businesses in Aroostook County.

One awardee was selected from a strong group of applicants throughout Aroostook County. RosWerks Design & Photography at 254 Codfish Ridge Road in Linneus received an award of $400. With a mission to be known as the ‘go to’ source for visual representation in the community, they help clients put their best foot forward in a cohesive manner that recognizes just how multifaceted business can be. They use design and photography to plan and manage the production of visual communication in order to convey specific messages or concepts.  The designing of logos, brochures, flyers, letterhead and signs; along with product photography and event photography are a few of the tools they bring to bear for their clients. The marketing mini grant will help them acquire a professionally built website with the necessary training to maintain and update the site themselves. The website will include portfolios of design work and photographs to give potential clients the opportunity to see how Roswerks’ style suits their needs.

Kim Jones, Director of Employer U and Assistant Professor of Business Management for the University of Maine at Presque Isle served on the grant review committee, lending her expertise to the review process. “I think the mini grants offer area business owners a great opportunity to access funds to help improve and grow their business.  While it's not a huge sum of money, it can certainly make the difference in starting and/or completing those workplace projects that might otherwise not get done.  The application process is simple and the selection is done in a way that is fair and takes into consideration the impact of the funds on the overall business.”

New Ventures Maine’s Marketing Mini-grant criteria included having five or fewer employees, gross annual sales of $250,000 or less, and articulating a compelling marketing project to support business growth. Support for NVME's mini-grants program was provided in part from The Betterment Fund.

For more information on marketing mini-grants as well as other programs, classes, and resources for small businesses, visit newventuresmaine.org or call 1-800-442-2092 to find the center closest to you.

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