Tina Oddleifson is most happy when she finds herself at the intersection of small business, nonprofits, and community. After over a decade of work managing nonprofits in the environmental sector, she and her chef-husband Tony moved to Maine to run an inn and restaurant, which they did for twelve years. Since then she has helped counsel other small business owners through SCORE and has worked as a freelance writer, writing about the food, fisherman and farmers of Downeast, Maine.
As a Digital Literacy Instructor for the National Digital Equity Center she offers training in QuickBooks Online to small business owners and nonprofits; and classes on using the free cloud based storage and software programs offered by Google. “Small business owners do everything from cleaning the toilets to managing the finances and marketing their products or services. In this digital age there are so many tools for them to do this more efficiently, and to stay connected to new ideas and ways of working,” she says. “I love seeing small business thrive because they are the backbone of our communities.” Just as NDEC was moving its classes to an online only format due to the pandemic, Tina Oddleifson was hired to teach classes in York and Cumberland Counties.
In her free time Tina spends what she calls “an embarrassing amount of time” scrolling through recipes online. She never met a vegetable she didn’t like and is willing to try any food once. She splits her time between Deer Isle and Portland where she loves hiking, exploring farmers’ markets, and cooking with local ingredients.