New Ventures Maine is now accepting applications for online entrepreneurship training

FARMINGTON – New Ventures Maine has called for applications for Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrepreneurs, its free online course, which begins January 26, 2022.

For new entrepreneurs or existing business owners, Venturing Forth helps entrepreneurs create a written business plan from start to finish with feedback from facilitators and fellow entrepreneurs. The 14 week course covers topics such as customer, competition, marketing, record keeping, taxes, financing, legal aspects, and more. Classroom activities, guest speakers, and homework assignments lead to the business plan and roadmap for success. This comprehensive course includes three follow-up networking sessions. Individuals must complete an online application and attend an orientation and one-on-one interview to participate in this tuition-free course.

Applications must be sent before noon on Tuesday January 18, 2022 and are available in line.

The orientation of the class is scheduled for Wednesday January 19, 2022 from 10 am to 11:30 am The orientation will be followed by individual interviews scheduled between January 19 and 21. The Venturing Forth class will meet remotely via Zoom on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. 12 p.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. from January 26 to April 27.

“Over the past two years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in interest in starting small businesses in Maine,” said Karleen Andrews, NVME Microenterprise Specialist, Trainer for the Venturing Forth course. “We also continue to witness the challenges many small businesses face during the pandemic. A written plan is essential for creating and maintaining businesses in this environment. It helps answer questions entrepreneurs don’t even realize they are asking themselves when exploring the legalities, tax implications, marketing and financing options to grow their business.

Anyone with a business idea or a current business is welcome. The 60-hour course also earns three pass / fail credits from the University of Maine at Augusta upon approval of a completed business plan. NVME respects the AMU non-discrimination policy.

To request or complete an application, register for orientation or learn more, contact Andrews at 207-557-1885 or [email protected]) or Gigi Guyton ([email protected]) at New Ventures Maine or access the information in line.

NVME’s mission is to help the people of Maine succeed in the changing economy and achieve economic security for themselves and their families. NVME accomplishes its mission by providing training and one-on-one coaching in career planning, business start-ups, money management and asset building. New Ventures Maine is a statewide education and economic development program at the University of Maine at Augusta, University of Maine System, an equal opportunity / affirmative action institution. For more information on the Venturing Forth program and other courses and services offered by New Ventures Maine, visit

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