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New Ventures Maine offers entrepreneurship training

From New Ventures

FARMINGTON – New Ventures Maine will offer a free twelve-week virtual course in business planning, starting in mid-September.

Venturing Forth will help create a written business plan from start to finish with feedback from facilitators and fellow entrepreneurs.

The 60-hour course is for new entrepreneurs or existing business owners, and covers topics including customers, competition, marketing, recordkeeping, taxes, financing, legal aspects, and more. In class activities, guest speakers, and homework assignments lead to the completed business plan and road map for success. The course includes three follow up networking sessions. Class size is limited to 30. Participants must complete an application, attend an orientation and individual interview, and be accepted into the class.

Applications are due by Friday, Sept. 3, and can be found online via

The class Orientation is Tuesday Sept. 7, from 11-12:30 p.m., with interviews scheduled over the following days.

The Venturing Forth class will meet remotely via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.from Sept. 14 through Dec. 16.

Karin Petrin, trainer for the Venturing Forth course, said, “Watching businesses open and close around our communities and being a business owner myself, it is clear to me, a written plan is crucial to building and sustaining your business. This class will help you explore all aspects of your business as you write your business plan. It answers questions we don’t realize we have as we explore the legal aspects, tax implications, and financing options to help you grow your business with tools to succeed.”

There is no fee for the class. Anyone with a business idea is welcome to apply. The 60-hour course also qualifies for 3 Pass/Fail credits from the University of Maine at Augusta upon approval of the completed business plan and payment of a small processing fee. NVME abides by UMA non-discrimination policy.

To request or complete an application, register for the orientation, or get more information, contact Karin: or Jenn: at New Ventures Maine or go online to

For more information on the Venturing Forth program and other classes and services offered by New Ventures Maine, visit

The mission of New Ventures Maine is to help Maine people succeed in the changing economy and achieve economic security for themselves and their families. New Ventures Maine offers tools for people to take the next step.

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