March 2024 Newsletter

Happy March! 

As we’re all rounding the corner from deep off-season to seeing the light of longer days ahead, we thought we’d pop into your inbox and share some of the exciting opportunities planned at SOS: the School for Off-Season Survival.

Is now the time to get your summer ducks in a row, with a new website or newsletter refresh? Maybe, with tax season underway, you’ve got nothing but bookkeeping on the brain?

Or maybe you’ve been hearing a call to Mind Your Creative Business?!

Whatever your late-winter inspiration may be, we’ve got you covered. Read on for course and workshop info, registration details and more. There’s just enough time to dig in to one last off-season project or pre-summer goal.

Here’s to the home-stretch!

The ACE MV team

SOS: The School for Off-Season Survival!

Our home for evening classes, workshops & weekend seminars

Coming this month at SOS…


with Claire Phelan


March 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th Saturdays 2 – 4 PM

Haven Shared Workspace

Quickbooks Troubleshooting office hours with one-on-one support.

  • Software support
  • Data sorting
  • Reports
  • And more!

Book a time slot to get your Quickbooks questions answered with Claire. Each session is 2 hours long. Come prepared with questions!

Claire Phelan has owned her own bookkeeping business for the past 10 years and has worked as a bookkeeper for the past 20 years helping a wide variety of businesses, from artist to architects.  She has specialized in the use of Quick Books but has used other financial software.  While not doing bookkeeping, she is a part time librarian at both the Oak Bluffs Library and the Vineyard Haven Library.

Cost: $60 per session



with Althea Freeman-Miller and Taylor Stone

Learn skills and records to develop a healthy balance of artist heart and business brain.

In this workshop you will explore:

  • Getting to know your individual style, strengths and weaknesses through journaling
  • Goal setting
  • Routines and resources for a healthy creative business
  • Scheduling a year of creative work on Martha’s Vineyard
  • How to sell art/craft on Martha’s Vineyard
  • Online is great, but it’s not the only way!

This workshop is intended for creative business owner beginners, aka creatives and artists with a craft of some sort who would like to learn how to sell their art and to take the next step towards becoming a creative business owner.


with Kay Frank

Join Kay for one-on-one office hours dedicated to helping you optimize your Squarespace website. Whether you need design advice, troubleshooting assistance, or have technical questions, she’ll provide tailored guidance based on your needs.

Areas of assistance may include:

  • Design optimization
  • Website modifications & refresh
  • Layout customization
  • Content organization
  • E-commerce setup

    …and more!

Take advantage of this opportunity for a Spring refresh!

Schedule a session with Kay to address those lingering questions or to collaborate on upgrading your site.

    • Reports and more!

    with Maria Angela Moreira

    Join Maria for a 6-week intermediate level class to further develop your language skills and gain confidence in speaking Brazilian Portuguese. You will work on increasing your familiarity with phrases, vocabulary, pronunciation, cultural understanding, and more!

    This class is intended for students who have completed the Brazilian Portuguese Basics class + students who have completed the Intermediate level class and want to deepen their learning. Additional study materials and tasks will be provided for students who have completed the intermediate level class in the past.

    There will be no class on April 18.


    pop-up workshop

    with Barbara Bellissimo

    This workshop will help you build the confidence to ask fearlessly & get what you need to start or grow your business.

    In this workshop you will:

    • Discover the 10 biggest fears people have around asking for anything
    • Learn and practice strategies for overcoming the group’s top 3 fears
    • Build a network of ongoing support

    This workshop is intended for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

    Barbara Bellissimo believes that empowered people can change their world, and she’s on a mission to empower as many people as she can. She brings decades of leadership experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit worlds to help entrepreneurs, nonprofit executives, and small business owner be more successful. She is the owner and principal of Bellissimo Consulting and a year-round resident of West Tisbury.

    Register by March 23 to get the Early Bird Special!

Coming soon at SOS…

  • Financial Wellness in a Seasonal Economy

  • Building a Performance Based Work Culture
  • Canva Design for Beginners
  • Email Marketing on Mailchimp
  • Photoshop for Beginners

    Stay tuned for more information!

That’s all for now!

For up-to-date course announcements, instructor bios, and more be sure to follow us on socials (Instagram, Facebook) and check out our new website here.

– The ACE MV Team

(Alex, Courtney, Garrett, Jeni and Sonja)