Southern Region Mini-Grant Pitch Application - May 2019
Please answer the questions below and submit the completed application by 12:00 PM on Friday, May 10, 2019. PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE TIME OF 12:00 NOON.

The Marketing Mini-Grant Live Pitch Contest will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at the University of Maine at Augusta Saco Center, 4 Scamman St., Suite 18, Saco. Pitch slots are available on a first come, first served basis. When your application is received you will be notified of your pitch time and next steps. Pitchers will be allotted 10 minutes, including question and answers.

Eligible applicants include individual micro business owners, business partners, or groups of business owners. Non-profit organizations are not eligible. 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.

New 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).

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:
• Clarity of presentation- Are you able to clearly communicate the details of your project and how it fits into your overall marketing goals? What are your goals for your proposed project and why is it important?
• Specificity of project- What specific tasks will you accomplish in your marketing project? What is your timeline for completing your project? Clearly delineate the expenses of your project and how the grant funds will be utilized. Price quotes are encouraged.
• Benefit & impact on the business- How will this grant benefit and impact your business? Will it strengthen your brand? Extend your business connections? Help you reach new markets? How much increased revenue would this project allow?


If you have any questions, please contact Gigi Guyton - gigi.guyton@maine.edu or 207-799-5025

Email address *
Contact information *
Name(s), Business name, Address, Phone, Website, etc
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When did you start your business? *
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Briefly description of your business *
What is your mission statement? What products and/or services do you sell?
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How many employees (include part-time and full-time) do you have (not including yourself)? *
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Do you have sales in the current year? *
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What are your gross annual sales? *
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Describe your marketing project *
What marketing project are you proposing to do and how does it fit into your overall business and marketing plan? What are the specific tasks, elements, and financial details of the project?
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Describe the benefit and impact *
How will this grant benefit and impact your business? What are your goals for this marketing project (i.e. number of new customers, increase in sales, etc) and how will you evaluate whether you meet your goals?
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Market impact and collaboration *
Does the project include networking with other businesses or groups? Will it extend community connections and increase visibility?
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Budget *
Please include the amount you are requesting (please do not exceed $400), the amount that you will contribute to the project, and the total amount of the project.
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