About Nicole

Nicole Ouellette grew up in Fort Kent, Maine where her family ran the local hardware store, which gave her a first hand look at the joys and annoyances of running a small business firsthand. In other words, she knew what she was getting into!

She attended Bates College where she graduated with honors in 2003 (geology major, French minor in case you were curious).

She also graduated with a teaching certification in secondary education from University of Maine Fort Kent  in 2005. Upon graduation, Nicole moved to Vinalhaven, a beautiful Maine island where she worked on hands-on, place-based education projects with Vinalhaven School. It is during this time that Nicole found an interest and aptitude in helping teachers and students understand technology and began experimenting with social networking and her own personal blog.

After two years on ‘the rock’, Nicole moved to Ellsworth in 2007 to work for The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander newspapers on their website. Nicole began the Breaking Even blog in October 2007, which became a daily blog in January 2008. It was around that time that a local business woman asked Nicole for help with her blog, and Breaking Even Communications was born.

The internet marketing and web content creation company grew and Nicole was able to take the business full time in May 2009. Since then, Nicole has built over 300 websites and helped over 500 clients do more online with their websites, social media, blogs, and email newsletters. She loves young adult novels and short dogs.

Nicole currently lives in Bar Harbor with her short dog Brandy.