New Ventures Maine offers tuition-free courses for entrepreneurs and business owners statewide


New Ventures Maine offers two tuition-free online business courses for Maine adults. Registration is open on

AUGUSTA, Maine – New Ventures Maine offers two tuition-free online business courses for Maine adults. Registrations are open at

For business owners interested in writing a business plan to start a new business, Venturing forward: business planning for entrepreneurs is a 60 hour course covering topics such as Customers, Competition, Marketing, Taxes, Funding, Legal and more. Classroom activities, guest speakers, and homework assignments lead to the business plan and roadmap for success. The class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September to December and includes three follow-up networking sessions. Class sizes are limited. An application, a participation in the orientation and an interview are necessary to join the class. Online applications are due by Friday September 3 at the latest.

For small business owners, Grow your business online is a self-paced, asynchronous course designed to provide small business owners with the tools, skills, and mentorship necessary to establish a successful digital presence. Using an online platform, entrepreneurs take courses on topics such as branding the company, determining the most effective type of website, creating compelling content, using best practices for getting to the top of search results, creating and building a website, using email marketing, and understanding cybersecurity to protect customer information. This course is offered in partnership with the Association for Enterprise Opportunity and GoDaddy. Attendees receive a free toolkit including domain name, hosting plan, website builder, and email marketing solution for two years. Register online at before September 10; the course ends September 30.

For more information, contact Karin Petrin at 207-768-9468 or [email protected].

New Businesses Maine is a statewide program at the University of Maine at Augusta, University of Maine System, an equal opportunity / affirmative action institution. New Ventures Maine creates a stimulating environment for people in Maine to define and achieve their career, financial and small business goals. Upcoming workshops and courses are listed on the NVME course schedule or call toll-free in Maine at 800-442-2092.

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