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TAA orientation meetings scheduled for Maine lobstermen

  1. Feb 8 (Tues), 6pm, Lee Pellon Center, Machias (located just off Route 1A, behind the EBS and the Post Office)

  2. Feb 10 (Thurs), 6pm, American Legion Post 207, Trenton

  3. Feb 10 (Thurs), 6pm, Urban Forestry Center, Portsmouth, NH

  4. Feb 17 (Thurs), 6pm, Thompson Community Center, Union

  5. Feb 18 (Fri), 6pm, Urban Forestry Center, Portsmouth, NH

  6. Feb 22 (Tues), 6pm, University of Maine at Machias, Performing Arts Center, Machias

  7. Feb 24 (Thurs), 6pm, American Legion Post 207, Trenton

  8. Feb 24 (Thurs), 6pm, Urban Forestry Center, Portsmouth, NH

  9. Feb 28 (Tues), 6pm, Falmouth Middle SChool, Falmouth

  10. Mar 3 (Thurs), 10am, Samoset Resort, Rockport

  11. Mar 7 (Mon), 6pm, Falmouth Middle School, Falmouth

  12. Mar 9 (Wed), 6pm, Urban Forestry Center, Portsmouth, NH

  13. Mar 15 (Wed), 6pm, Urban Forestry Center, Portsmouth, NH Each venue has limited capacity, so please RSVP through Maine Sea Grant at 207-563-3146 x205, MLA office at 207-967-4555, or email LobsterRSVP@gmail.com (please RSVP only once). Please leave your name, town, phone number, email (if applicable), and the date and location of the meeting you plan to attend. Lobstermen are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of the meeting to allow time for registration. Meetings will run about 1.5 hours. Updates and schedule changes will be available on the MLA website www.mainelobstermen.org and at www.taaforfarmers.org.

Overview of TAA

  1. Phase I is the “Initial Orientation” and must be completed beforeMarch 23, 2011 in order to continue in the program.

  2. Phase II is the “Intensive Technical Assistance” phase. You will be able to choose from a number of workshops, but must complete 12 hours of instruction in order to qualify for cash benefits.

  3. Phase III is an “Initial Business Plan”, which consists of 5 questions relating to the applicability to your business of the 12 hours of instruction just completed. A sixth question asks if you intend to continue on to Phase IV. Once this is completed, you are eligible for your first cash benefit.

  4. Phase IV is an “In-Depth Business Plan”, during which time you will be assigned a consultant to mentor you through the development of this plan. Once this is completed, you are eligible for your second cash benefit

  5. Phases II through IV must be completed before September 23, 2013 in order to receive any cash benefits.

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