About Petite Taway and Deborah Newman
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." Helen Keller
Petite Taway, Inc. is the brainchild of Deborah Newman! That's right, brainchild! After graduating with a BA in the Study of the Americas from George Mason University, Deborah planned on working within the art community. As Luck would have it, life happened, she got married, moved to Maine and opened a business with her husband called MaineBytes, a computer repair company.
Encouraged by her husband to learn web design, Deborah began taking on clients a year after opening and realized that her love of art melded perfectly with web design. Slowly working with small businesses, Deborah was able to hone her craft which also expanded to social media management.
Deborah became involved with small business organizations learning from the ground up what made companies succeed in the marketplace. She was president of a local small business organization in her hometown and was a founding member of a nonprofit geared towards helping women open businesses.
While living in Maine, Deborah continued to work with small businesses, continued training and learning market trends and also was raising her newborn daughter, life was good.
In 2012, her beloved husband died unexpectedly, leaving her to make some major life decisions, not just for her, but for her seven year old daughter.
Deborah relocated to Virginia to heal and regroup and decided to open her own company in 2013, taking the name Petite Taway, in honor of her mother. Petite Taway was a derogatory nickname in the 1930s in Canada that her mother was called on a daily basis. Deborah decided to take something negative and make it her own and her company was born. The company would meld her technology skills with her love of art and marketing. The company would be geared towards small businesses and nonprofits to showcase their skills and services, using technology and the latest networking techniques.
Deborah presently has websites and clients all across the United States, Canada, the UK and Africa. She hopes to inspire her daughter who wants to pursue film making.
A Tribute to Robert Newman: August 4, 1964 - January 12, 2012
Robert Newman was the founder of Maine Bytes Computer Repair and Web Design. Robert moved to Maine to pursue his dream of opening his own company where he would be free of the restrictions of corporate America, and offer the IT services he believed was lacking.
Robert came from an IT background, working as a contractor for large government and corporate companies, after leaving the US NAVY. In 2003, newly married, he packed up his belongings and family and moved to Bucksport, Maine. He worked customer by customer to build his business.
With the support of his wife, he created a company, where good service, some laughter and affordable prices became the selling point of Maine Bytes.
I would like to dedicate this page to all the dreamers who want to pursue their own business and live a life of simplicity and less stress. Maine was the perfect spot for Robert and his family and I was so blesssed to be a part of it.
I love you Rob, and miss you every single day, but I promise to make my dream a reality and make sure that I live up to my full potential! ......Deb