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Video: 50 Home Business Ideas

January 5th, 2015

These are, of course, just ideas.

Many will not be for you…

But some may give you ideas for businesses you can start.

And, you may already possess the necessary skills for some of these home business ideas…

Remember that Curtis has many resources to support business owners and entrepreneurs such as:

– computers with Microsoft Office
– computer help books
Learning Express Library
– print & digital business resources
– wi-fi
– tutoring rooms
– and of course professional Librarians

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.
– Jim Rohn

2014 Maine 1040ME Individual Income Tax Booklet and Form

January 2nd, 2015

How do I get a Maine individual income tax booklet and a form?

  • Booklets and forms are available for download from the Maine Revenue Services website at
  • Individual taxpayers who would like to have a booklet mailed directly to them may:
    • Order on-line using the Maine Revenue Services Electronic Request form at, or
    • Call the forms line at 207-624-7894 (leave your name and mailing address), or
    • Write to Maine Revenue Services, PO Box 9107, Augusta, Maine, 04332-9107.

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Small Business Licenses and Permits

December 29th, 2014

If you are interested in starting a business in Maine, you will need to find out which License(s) & Permit(s), if any, you need for that type of business.

Maine’s Department of Economic & Community Development has an online tool that can help you determine licensure/permitting requirements.

Simply select the type of business you are interested in starting (such as “Bridal Consultant”):


And answer the questions…


Click here to begin.

NOTE: The Guide to starting a business in Maine is a secure, state of Maine government website.


You can contact the Department of Economic & Community Development weekdays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. eastern time by calling (toll-free) 1-800-872-3838

You can also e-mail at

The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
— Thomas Edison, General Electric Co-founder

What is a Business Plan?

December 22nd, 2014

business plan writingAccording the US Small Business Administration, A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success.

This living document generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to grow revenues.


This sounds like a pretty intimidating document to write — but there are books in the “Curtis Money Neighborhood” that can walk you through the process of writing your own business plan.

Click here to see them.

Here is a sample business plan for a sole proprietorship business: Sample-Service-Business-Plan.pdf.

As for what to write your Business Plan on (and with), Curtis’ Public PCs are all equipped with Microsoft Office.

Need help saving your business plan document? Just ask for help at the Reference Desk.

This short video describes how and why to write a business plan, using SBA’s free tool at

If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.
― Yogi Berra

Starting Your Own Business…

December 16th, 2014

If you are lucky enough to be employed but are, in fact, one paycheck or two away from being homeless, you may want to consider two things:

1. Growing an emergency fund.

2. Starting your own home (or library-based) business.

If you are interested in starting your own business but don’t know where to begin, browse the books in the "Start Your Own Business" section which are within the Curtis Money Neighborhood located near the Reference Desk.



“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
– Winston Churchill