The Skowhegan Main Street Fellow will support Scale Up Skowhegan, a strategy for recovery and growth that will ensure locally owned businesses, entrepreneurs, and the community bounce back from the pandemic stronger and more resilient than ever, ready to take advantage of new opportunities.
Scale Up Skowhegan uses innovative and creative approaches to tackle social problems, enhance economic vitality, and restore community pride. It will help Skowhegan become a place residents are proud to call home and visitors fall in love with—a community that’s welcoming, inclusive, and full of happy, healthy residents.
The Skowhegan Main Street Fellow will provide support for the following Scale Up Skowhegan projects:
o Business accelerator: Fellow will help launch a business accelerator and center for excellence that will support growth aspirations of mature startups and revenue-generating local food enterprises via a curated curriculum, mentorship network, and greater access to investment capital.
o Entrepreneurial ecosystems: Fellow will assist the community team with implementation of several projects that will bolster Skowhegan's entrepreneurial ecosystem, including facilitating networking and mentorship opportunities among entrepreneurs and current business owners.
o Real estate development assessment: Fellow will help address Skowhegan's real estate challenges by assisting with a study to explore creative solutions for mixed-use redevelopment, affordable housing, and wraparound services in Skowhegan's core commercial district.
o E-commerce platform to support microentrepreneurs: In November 2020 we launched SkowheganHolidayStore.com, an ecommerce site that provided an online sales platform, customer support, shipping, and delivery for microentrepreneurs and local businesses with no current online shopping presence through the holiday season. The fellow will evaluate and assess the successes and challenges of the online store (using holiday season sales and learnings) and prepare a strategy for future, year-round use.
o Community pride campaign: Fellow will launch a campaign to bolster community pride, engaging community partners and residents in planning and implementation.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
- Professional development through custom trainings and mentorship.
- Health benefits are provided if Fellows are not already covered.
- Childcare allowance will be provided if the Fellow is eligible.
- Upon successful completion of the Fellow’s full-term of service, they will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award educational award in the amount of $3,172.50 in the National Service Trust.
- Upon enrollment and acceptance into the program, the Fellow is eligible for forbearance of any qualified federal student loans. For Fellows receiving forbearance on a qualified student loan during the term of service, the National Service Trust will repay a portion or all of the interest that accrued on the loan during the term of service if the Fellow successfully completes the term of service.
- Networking with other like-minded professionals and organizations.
- Complimentary registration to MDF events.
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check