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Ten Years In Business: All The Things I Know And Don’t

We had a big party and since it was all three birthdays, we called it a ‘triple threat’. 🙂

I was talking with some people earlier this year about figuring out a business birthday. I mean, we all know our birthdays but what day did you start your business?

If you open a storefront (or say a coworking space), that date is pretty straightforward (i.e. when you opened to the public).

If you have a service-based business (or really any business you’ve started part-time), it’s a little more nuanced.

Is it when you started the concept (launched the website, Facebook page, or whatever you’re “I’m really doing this thing” moment was)?
Is it when you got your first paying customer?
Is it when you quit your job to focus on the business full-time?

For me and others like me, those questions have three different answers.

The Breaking Even blog launched October 14, 2007. (If you want to go in the blog archives and look up that first cringe-worthy post, feel free).
My first paying customer was in January of 2008 (I could probably go back in my old email archives and find the exact date).
And I quit my full time job April 22, 2009. (Please appreciate that until I wrote this blog post and looked it up, I thought this was 2008).

The truth is somewhere in the middle. So I called it an even ten years this April (which also happened to line up with my 37th birthday and Anchorspace’s 3rd birthday). It feels the most true, so it is.

Apparently 30% of American businesses survive ten years. So getting here is a really big deal to me.

I’m not going to pretend I did this all myself.

Most of us who have gotten here have access to some money.

Between family willing to help during rough patches, having a line of credit at my local bank, having the ability to work part-time jobs to generate cash when needed, and graduating debt free from college thanks to my parents, I started a business at 27 because I had access to resources a lot of people don’t have access to. And don’t you think for a second I forget it.

Now could I have made different decisions and used these resources for something different? Could I have said “meh I don’t want to work this hard” and just closed the business at multiple points? Of course. I made some decisions that got me here. I also want to acknowledge I am fortunate and have tried to use this opportunity not just for myself, but to make an impact on others too (clients, employees, my community, etc.).

Does this mean you can’t do it without cash? Of course not, but you might need to do your thing part-time for a couple years to save up your nest egg or make other sacrifices. And that’s ok, so long as you know this is a marathon and not a sprint, it’s all figureoutable.

Networks work in two directions.

I grew up in a small business household and my parents taught me business was about service, hard work, and taking care of your employees (versus getting to do whatever you want, whenever you want). My first client asked if she could pay me to help her (thanks Leslie Harlow). My friend Jen Litteral introduced me to someone at a cocktail party that turned into my biggest client that year. My first customers like Meg Ashur and Michael Goldman took a chance on my new company and told people about me. I was welcomed into various groups like our local Rotary Club, giving me speaking opportunities to reach new people. A lot of people got me here and to pretend otherwise does a disservice to them and me.

Now I’m in a position to help others out and I want to be as generous as others were to me.

Always remember networks go two ways. I invest a fair bit of time into friendships, online and in real life. So if you want a good network, you have to be a good network. Ask your client how their trip to France went, offer an internship to your friend’s kid studying what you do in college, and share the event your potential client is throwing on behalf of a non-profit they care about. You don’t want to be that person people see a call from or an email from that makes them sigh and say ‘What does she want now?’

Bootstrapping will get you far, and creative thinking will get you the rest of the way.

This mantra has saved me: only buy crap when you need it.
Could I have opened Anchorspace with fancier amenities and really wowed the people at our open house? I’m sure. But waiting until someone said ‘hey, can we get a paper shredder’ and ‘how about a white noise machine for outside the conference room?’ (and clearly creating an environment where people feel like they can say what they need!) has saved me thousands of dollars. Also, asking people for specific stuff really helps. A good friend now, I was just getting to know local resident Brenda Beckett when she gave a coffee maker, end tables, stainless steel dish rack, and other supplies for Anchorspace that would have cost us hundreds of dollars.

At the same time, it is worth investing in certain things–don’t be a cheapskate. If you do need something you consider expensive, get creative. Can you rent it out? Can you share the expense with someone? Will it get you new clients to recoup the cost? Will it free up your time for more billable work? Don’t be afraid to spend money; just do it with some thought.

Take care of your employees and don’t think they owe you.

Because this is my business, I should be working harder than everyone else. Hiring an employee is an investment, but they are also a person. If there is ever a fight between a client and an employee here, I will usually take our employee’s side, which helps foster a positive work environment where people feel supported. I want my employees feel like they can take chances and not get yelled out if they make a mistake. I like to say ‘if you see something, say something’ and I can’t tell you how many times someone else’s eyeballs have caught things I didn’t because we have that kind of company culture. I am not the be all end all, thankfully!

I hire for personal qualities (honesty, integrity, intelligence, good attitude) and train on the rest. No employee owes me anything besides an honest day’s work and treating me, and everyone else they interact with, with respect.

Be with someone who understands the time and effort you have to put in, or be alone.

I’ve been single and living alone most of these last ten years. I can have a protein shake for dinner and pull an all-nighter without someone telling me how boring I am. I can’t say this cost me anything in terms of personal relationships because honestly I don’t really know what I would be like if I had a normal 9-5 job.

I do know I needed to put that time in to be successful… and there’ll be times I’ll have to work even harder to realize new goals. I’ve always hoped I’d share my life with someone who understood my passions. I like to end a day feeling like I’ve left it all on the field so to speak, where I did my best for everyone including myself… and it takes a special kind of man to not only understand that, but also admire it. I have had both partners who worked against me and partners who were supportive–it is the difference between running a marathon on a well-maintained trail and running a marathon on beach sand.

My tolerance for risk keeps getting higher as I get older.

Losing my father suddenly when I was 27, getting divorced at 35, and having a few other crappy, somewhat out of my control things happen (dog deaths, moves, health scares, etc.) makes me know time is short and while I’m alive, I should do as much as I can. I’m not going to have children so part of the legacy I’ll leave behind is my work and the impact that work has on others. Thinking about that legacy with a bit more intention the next ten years (and increasingly working smarter) are my new goals, which means taking bigger chances. Opening new locations, hiring more people, going after bigger projects means more financial risk. But as I see from failing that I didn’t die from it (or hurt anyone else), it’s made me open to making bigger decisions more easily (and creating new problems/risks for myself). You can always make more money and when you realize no one is going to die if you don’t close the $100,000 contract, it makes you realize you can at least risk it!

So you might be reading this thinking you might want to be self employed. What do I think it takes?

If you remember the feeling (back when you were in school) of it being Sunday night and you haven’t done your homework… and you can live with that nervous feeling in the pit of your stomach the rest of your life, you can handle running a business.
If you’re kind of good at a lot of things, business ownership is a great way to make yourself instantly diversify as efficiently as possible.
If you go into starting a business knowing it’s the opposite of being all about you, you’ll be able to survive by serving your employees, customers, and community.

But you also need luck, a nest egg, friends, and some other things that are not entirely in your control. Because the reality is, you might fail–even despite having all the right personal qualities and other factors in your favor.

I hate to break it to you but you might ‘fail’ at other things too.
If you get married, you might get divorced.
If you quit your job, you might hate your new job.
If you move to a new town, you might not like it.
Anything big feels scary and fun and emotional and interesting and weird and irreplaceable. This gamble of owning a business just happened to work out for me… and I happen to have some of the right qualities to have helped it work out. Nothing more and nothing less.

Thanks for being a part of the story. Because ten years doing anything is significant. And it makes me wonder what it’ll be like twenty years from now because at least from all this, now I know I could make it that far.

What Do You Do For Fun?

I’m going to say it: from about age 27 to age 33, I had no hobbies. My hobby was this business: getting it going, growing it bigger, making it better.

For years, I tried to buy only clothes I could wear to work. I tried to read books that would apply to my job. I had this singular focus that I thought admirable. And I would have kept on this path probably indefinitely.

What finally made me question my life: I was at a party where someone asked me very innocently what I did for fun. 

And I had no answer. It was the most boring I’ve ever felt.

If it is one thing I understand to my core is that I am not a boring person.

So I attempted to diversify. I started hosting people on AirBnB and began planning for Anchorspace (which is now open). These were my first attempt at diversifying.

Ha, nice try, Nicole. Filling your time with more money-making things. Still no answer to the question of what you do for fun.

How can I be bad at having fun?

This clearly had to change.

I am now in a young adult book club… and I have struggled to go to a single monthly hangout that involves wine and reading a book most people could read in half a day. Like most things that are fun and good for you, I always feel great once I’m there. It has been nice to now have at least one thing to say when someone asks me my hobbies.

But how ridiculous I feel lying on the couch reading “Paper Towns” for four hours is interesting to me. Many people would spend that many hours watching television, building miniature airplanes, or whatever it is they do to relax and not feel a thing about it. I feel guilty. I have to make myself do it.

I added more things to practice making myself have fun. Since then, I’ve tried standup comedy and podcasting. I bought bright blue pants. I took singing lessons. And it all felt a little uncomfortable at first… and then it wasn’t.

Good news? It’s getting easier. And as it does, I’ve been thinking about less structured fun. Can I build an hour of fun into a Wednesday? Maybe if I had a list of things that sounded fun, I could just pick from them.

I tried to come up with a list and was initially blank.

Then I realized I was trying too hard. So I have a list in a notebook and when I think of something that sounds fun, I write it down. Then when I’m bored, I can refer to it.

As I try to think of being an interesting person who is a creative and has fun, I think of this post from Elizabeth Gilbert, which I’ve saved from her book “Big Magic”:

Dear Ones -As many of you know by now, my new book BIG MAGIC: CREATIVE LIVING BEYOND FEAR is coming out on September…

Posted by Elizabeth Gilbert on Monday, July 13, 2015

While it was important to make myself do the thing, I couldn’t put pressure on doing more stuff but instead, build the space for it to come in and out.

The other interesting part of this is it has been difficult to transition to someone who doesn’t share all the time. That’s part of ‘fun’ for me: not worrying about the presentation of it. So just enjoying the sunset (versus taking a picture of it and posting it to Instagram) has been a change for me.

Because of making room for fun and making sure it is something that isn’t done with another ulterior motive (like building my Instagram), my creativity (like finding more fun things to do) is increasing all the time.

I’ve now written things that aren’t on the internet, tried things I wasn’t very good at (ask Eric about the scarf I knit him), and otherwise have become a much more well rounded person, with some effort anyway.

Remember, when you are at a party, you want to say a few things you do for fun that don’t necessarily make you money… because life’s too short to feel like you’re boring. And the next time someone asks you at a party ‘What do you do for fun?’ I hope you’re as happy with your answers as I am with mine.

Our Newest Project: Selling Local Gift Certificates Online With Gift MDI

We all know ‘buying local’ is a great idea. More money stays in the community. We have access to goods and services we wouldn’t have otherwise. We have vibrant downtown centers. New people relocate because they have options to make money. It is a win-win.

But most of us need a little push to do this, and it often boils down to a matter of modern day convenience. It wouldn’t surprise you to learn that organizations with online donations get more donations or volunteer participation increases with the ability for volunteers to sign up online… so how can we make ‘buying local’ something more people can do online?

Option 1: Build every local business an online shopping cart. Not only is this overkill/expensive but some businesses don’t want to maintain an online cart, which involves shipping orders, making sure the stock is up-to-date, etc. Also this option doesn’t consider service businesses like restaurants or cleaning services.
Option 2: Have a database of information of where you can purchase different kinds of goods/services in a community. I don’t mind paying an extra $20 for a raincoat at a local shop. I do mind spending an hour long lunch break shopping for one only to spend half my time going to stores that don’t carry rain coats. This ‘here’s what you got locally’ information would either be a ridiculous-to-program website or involve some very knowledgeable people being available at regular intervals to take phone calls. In other words, not ideal.
Option 3: Sell local gift certificates/gift cards online for businesses.  

It seemed obvious to me that selling local gift certificates seemed not only the best place to start but also an area where most businesses are missing out on potential revenue. Gift certificates are oftentimes never redeemed or, when they are, the customer spends more than the certificate amount. (Think about it, you get a $50 restaurant gift certificate and you are totally going to order the $8 cake versus leaving $3 unredeemed on the certificate, am I right?) In my own experience, I have given away 5 Anchorspace scholarships as silent auction items in the past two years and ZERO people have come in to redeem them.

We know that:

  • Gift certificates are the most requested item on holiday wish lists, so we know people like to get them.
  • Gift certificates create additional revenue for a business, and since they are never claimed or people purchase above and beyond a majority of the time, they are worth more than face value.
  • Gift certificates are easy to send, meaning shipping costs are non-existent.
  • Paper goods besides gift certificates also work with this model.

So all we had to do was build a super fast, mobile friendly, easy to use website where people could buy local gift certificates online. 

Enter Gift MDI, a website I have been building (with a lot of help from my colleague Dr. Eric York) over the past six months. Eric was the design brain (though I had lots of opinions) and I was the sales/marketing person talking to business owners about this very new idea.

We launched with 14 businesses last Saturday night, and we had our first sale Sunday! If you are a business on MDI and want to be on the site, just contact us.

Our model is simple:

  1. Businesses make more money without more hassle selling gift certificates. If businesses didn’t have gift certificates made, we made them. If people didn’t have an idea of what they could do, we helped them figure it out.
  2. Customers can personalize their experience by sending gift certificates to different people from the same cart and by adding personal messages and greeting cards.
  3. Affiliates can earn money generating sales, decreasing our overall marketing budget and increasing buy in, online and off.
  4. We make our money by taking a percentage of sales, so as not to penalize businesses doing lots of small transactions with a per certificate charge and so as not to penalize businesses with no sales with a monthly charge. You only pay for this marketing when it works.
  5. Once we have our business model down, we take this concept to other communities. This site would be super expensive to replicate, but what is really needed is local community connection and knowledge.

Our goal, besides Gift MDI being our working prototype, is to put $100,000 into the local economy by May 28, 2018 with this website.

I know it’s ambitious but I think we can do it as a community. Sure, it’s a great mix of my customer service, web development, sales, and community development skills but I think it’s something communities need just about everywhere.

If you see this concept as interesting and live locally, please let me know if you’d like to be involved. We’re very open to feedback and participation as this is brand new. I want people to see how vibrant and diverse our local economy is!
If you see this concept as interesting and don’t live locally, please get in touch and we can help get it to yours. 

Thanks to everyone who has supported the effort so far. It is an ambitious project and we are just beginning! Visit GiftMDI.com to buy local and online (yes, you can do both now).

BEC Year In Review 2015

For our year in review, a bit of fun and wisdom from each of us.

John Swinconeck

Something I Think Everyone Should See

I’m sharing with you this photo I took of boxes of Gronk Flakes Cereal. Launched in 2012, these frosted cornflakes endorsed by the Patriot’s Rob Gronkowsi appeared at my local Hannaford supermarket during the Pat’s most recent Superbowl victory. I’m not a very big sports fan, but the look of sheer delight on the NFL’s favorite tight end on the box indicates a level of joy that I can only hope to one day achieve. Plus, a portion of Gronk Flakes sales goes to charity.

gronk flakesSomething I Think Everyone Should Read

My choice for reading is kind of unusual: Wikipedia’s On This Day. Click on today’s date and you get brought to a timeline of interesting events. This is great fun for history buffs who wish they hadn’t slept through Introduction to Western Civilization in 11th grade. It’s the most educational time-waster on the web.

Something I Did That I Was Proud Of

After more than a decade of shunning Windows, I’ve learned to embrace Windows 10, and I’ve gotten pretty darn good at it.

Something Someone Else Did That Made Me Proud

My daughter took her first steps recently. She is well on her way to world domination.

What I Am Looking Forward To In 2016

I’m looking forward to the end of the 2016 presidential race.

Kassandra Strout

Something I Think Everyone Should See
This a shot of the view from the beach in front of my parents’ house, on my brother’s birthday this year. It was a good weekend.
Something I Think Everyone Should Read
“Come Spring” by Ben Ames Williams. It’s the story of how a small town in Midcoast Maine was founded during the American Revolution. There’s family drama, war, and romance (all the good stuff). No matter how long and difficult the winter is, we all hold on to the hope that things will turn around come spring (…get it??)
Something I Did That I Was Proud Of
Besides driving around New England with my skis in my car until May (which I see as some sort of weird accomplishment), I finally bit the bullet and put some of my more personal writing online.
Something Someone Else Did That Made Me Proud
My mom not only ran her first 5k this year, but ran 3 total. Boom!
What I Am Looking Forward To In 2016
Looking forward to in 2016: Running my first ever Boston Marathon in April!

Nicole Ouellette

Something I Think Everyone Should See

Here’s the thing with this photo I took: it’s not very good but there are two things I like about it:

1) it was taken during Derrick and my ‘Bold Coast’ camping trip in eastern Maine this summer which was awesome (and I can’t seem to find any more pictures of this trip at the moment because I ‘organized’ them early this fall so you know what that means) and
2) It shows how much you can improve a picture if you know someone like Jennifer Booher. (Top is before Jennifer, bottom is after and, honestly, a much more accurate view of what it was like that day!)

In 2015, I have become a much more confident phone picture taker in a general way. Now that I know I can tune the photos a bit, I can concentrate on composition a little (or a lot) more. We’re working with Jennifer on an online course to come out in 2016, stay tuned! (Sign up for our email list if you actually want notifications of these sort of things.)

Here's the thing with this photo: it's not very good but 1) it was taken during Derrick and my 'Bold Coast' camping trip in eastern Maine this summer and 2) It shows how much you can improve a picture if you know someone like Jennifer Booher. After her class, I am a much more confident phone picture taker.

Something I Think Everyone Should Read
Habits are a powerful thing and knowing what motivates you is the key to getting yourself unstuck. As someone very into self help and personal reflection, my results really blew my mind and allowed me to be more successful in the latter part of 2015.

Something I Did That I Was Proud Of

I opened a second business, Anchorspace, trying to give my community a beautiful, fun, and productive place to work from. I have made a lot of personal sacrifices to do this (including getting my first ever loan) and while its success is still uncertain, I’ve resolved that regardless of outcome, I am glad I’ve done this.

Something Someone Else Did That Made Me Proud

My mom sold the family business. My brother-in-law was honest enough to say he would prefer sales to management and my mother cared enough to go through a hard year of negotiating and creating a smooth transition to new ownership, preserving jobs in the community including my brother-in-law’s position. This is the smoothest, most upbeat transition I’ve seen and should I ever be in this position with my business, I hope to emulate the grace and wisdom with which my mom handled it.

What I Am Looking Forward To In 2016
Businesswise, I am looking forward to growing the podcast I have with my landlord and creating other more ‘passive’ revenue streams so we can have more fun and help more people at the same time.
Personally, I’m getting rid of 365 things again and keeping a gratitude journal so when this blog post comes around next year, I can have a plethora of things to pick from.

So long, and thanks for all the ‘tunes


Dear Apple,

We had a good thing going — and I sincerely thought that you felt for me with the same undying love that I felt for you. It’s taken me a couple of years since we stopped seeing each other exclusively for me to cut through the haze of denial. But now I see the truth. You don’t feel for me the same as I felt for you. It’s OK, Apple. I realize, now that it’s time for me to start seeing other digital music players.

Fifteen or so years ago, in addition to being THE way to playback and organize my MP3s, iTunes served as a gateway for the iPod. My first was the third-generation, white and silver 15 gig iPod. And, just like that, my music was everywhere with me.

You have to understand that in the early ’00s, this was a rare and new phenomenon. Most of us were either jamming out to mix tapes or, if we were truly on the edge, were able to make a mix CD full of MP3s. But the idea of carrying around a music library with you, well, that was pretty shagadelic, if I may dust off a catchphrase of the era. Especially if you were a music lover. And I was certainly a music lover.

So along comes the landmark iTunes music store, offering a cheap alternative to Napster and other file-sharing sites of the era of questionable virtue. Now we can buy new, cool music legitimately. Of course, Apple really didn’t make money off that. But the store was a pretty cool way to drum up sales of iPods. And it worked too, especially after it was made compatible with Windows PCs.

Apple made being a music geek incredibly cool with a slick advertising campaign, and it seemed that earbuds began springing out of nearly everyone’s head.

So how did we come to this?

Personally, I blame the iPhone, its bastard offspring the iPod Touch, and the touchscreen interface. Because now you can do so much more — watch video, play a stupid games and post pics of every meal you’ve ever eaten to Instagram — on your portable device. Apple had a lot more gateways to its devices than just a stupid ol’ music player.

I also blame the rise of streaming services, which has skyrocketed in popularity as paid music downloads are going the way of CD sales.

Today, Apple’s music app is less about having a decent way to organize, play and shuffle all of your music. It’s now become dominated by ways to stream, buy and share.

With every iPod/iPhone update (and good lord there are a lot of them), the straight-up interface for playing music that resembled your dad’s hifi rack stereo components became more and more distant.

Apple’s music app doesn’t know what it is, and iTunes itself has morphed into some unholy media hub that’s less a digital jukebox and more of a “Game of Thrones” injection system.

Sadly, there are few alternatives to iTunes and the Music app, although Ecoute is a cheap alternative and as my primary music player on my iPhone, and I’ll likely start experimenting with I’m looking at Swinsian.

My new hope is to find my old monochrome iPod—the one that was built around music.

Until then, Apple, I’ll treasure our memories. I hope you find everything you’re looking for.


Anchorspace: Business 2.0

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I wasn’t going to write anything on here, until my mom ran into one of our clients.

“Hey, tell Nicole congratulations on her new business… but who’s going to take care of my website now?”

So this is a blog post to say:

1) We are opening another business called Anchorspace (a Bar Harbor based coworking space)
2) I am grateful for all the help I’ve gotten getting this started and open for April 1
3) This will have no effect on Breaking Even except our office location.

A bit of background: I (Nicole) have been wanting a coworking location to start in Bar Harbor for literally years.

First I tried talking to ‘rich’ people (well, people who seemed richer than me) about it, telling them I would be the first tenant and recruit others.

Then I joined a few community organizations to try to get it started. The economic development opportunities, the creative use of space, the year round business support, it seemed like a dream project. It got very politely shot down. But everyone agreed it was a good idea before moving on.

And you know that moment you have, when you look around a room, and realize you HAVE it? That you feel called (and yes, I mean in an almost religious way) to do something that may not mean huge piles of cash but would be amazing for all involved? A rush of adrenaline goes through you and suddenly all the colors in the room seem brighter and there is no one in the world that has the clarity that you have right in that moment? I had that about a coworking space in Bar Harbor. And so I started, in actual earnest, about a year ago.

First, I had to talk to people.

I had to talk to community members to make sure there was actual interest and this wasn’t some weird crazy idea. I was met with nothing but support.

In case this was just people being nice (did I mention I am a pretty pragmatic person?), we put out an anonymous survey and spent part of last summer conducting a feasibility study. People will not only enthusiastic but willing to pay money, even though they didn’t know who was even behind it. Coworking spaces in other locations gave us great insights and a better start than we would have got otherwise. Even better.

I had to talk to potential landlords to make sure I could afford a space that could generate enough revenue to cover its costs. Nina St. Germain is a friend and sometimes client got the vision right away. She is leaving money on the table to do this since where we are in the world, she could rent the space by the week and make way more than I’ll be paying her monthly. For that, and several other things that have happened so far, she gets my undying loyalty.

I had to talk to my team to make sure that if I did start this second business and it took me away from Breaking Even at times that we could still handle our workload. They not only understood but all pitched in. Leslie used her skills to revamp our logo. John wrote a press release and WABI came to do a story on us. (See us on television here.) Kassie has taken on an increased workload the last two months as I run around spending time on things I never thought I’d spend time doing. Breaking Even may be the first tenant of Anchorspace but in a very personal way, they are behind this. Just that group conviction has made doing this worth it.

I talked to my CEI business counselor, who is still a little skeptical. (I appreciate being challenged. The quickest way to learn nothing is to just have everyone just agree with you all the time.) She told me to work on letters of interest and we have some in hand now. I also have a 3 years of cash projections and was able to get a commercial loan thanks to her advice.

And I had to talk to my husband since now, mere months after our wedding, he is financially and otherwise on board with this plan. We haven’t been on a honeymoon. Our house isn’t finished yet. And he didn’t even hesitate. “I know this is going to work.” (Full disclosure: I would have hesitated if he came to me with an idea. That’s why I appreciate I am married to someone better than me.)

So we’re opening April 1. Chairs and conference table are in, desks (adjustable stand to sit desks- made in the USA!) got shipped this morning and arrive next week. LLC is set up. 10,000 square feet of wallpaper has been painted over. Cameras have been installed in every room and at the entrance to ensure everyone’s (and everyone’s stuff’s) safety. Internet gets hooked up Wednesday. Sign plans have been submitted. We’ve run an Indiegogo campaign that raised some money but really helped us get the word out. Around 50 people have walked through the space, seeing if they could picture themselves there and are mulling over if Anchorspace will be their home. The MDIYWCA has stepped forward to sponsor the conference room, making a commitment to start and grow women-owned businesses in Bar Harbor. We have insurance. We are getting donations of items needed from the community and have a list we’re updating on our website we get to keep crossing things off of.

The website is here if you want to learn more about the venture: www.anchorspace.com If you want an ‘insider look’ the weekly email newsletter is a good place to get it.

This is the last time I plan to mention it on the Breaking Even blog but I did need to let people know Breaking Even is not going belly up. We just have a lot of energy and now seems a perfect time for this dream to finally become a reality, for me and for the community.

We can still do your website or online marketing, we’ll just be doing it from a slightly different location. And should you decide to come work with us for the day, we’d love to have you over.

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