New Ventures Maine has announced tuition-free online workshops and classes for October, including self-paced and interactive online workshops designed to help people in Maine gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to start a business, build a career, and manage money.

The full class schedule of daytime and evening classes for October and beyond is accessible at

Online classes include single- and multi-session workshops in three areas:

Manage Your Money

My Money Works: Tuesdays, Oct. 4 to Nov. 1, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Gain the skills and confidence you need to stretch your money, pay your bills, reduce debt, find money for savings, plan for retirement, and set personal financial goals with a plan to achieve greater financial stability. Also offered in November on Tuesdays, 10 to 11 a.m.

Managing Your Money: Thursdays, Oct. 13-27, 10 to 11 a.m. Learn to budget, repair your credit, and create a savings plan. Join for one, two, or all three workshops. Oct. 13, Budgeting Basics; Oct. 20, Let’s Talk About Credit; Oct. 27, Build Your Savings.


Build Your Career

Making Career Choices: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 10 to 11 a.m. We will cover what to consider when making a career choice and resources to help you succeed. Also offered Oct. 5, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Building Confidence: Wednesdays, Oct. 5-19, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Whether you are navigating recent changes, looking for a job, starting a business, or simply want to be more confident, join this class to assess your confidence and learn concrete tools to help you build your confidence and keep it strong.

Job Search Workshops: Thursdays, Oct. 6-20, 10 to 11 a.m. Join for one, two, or all three of these workshops. Oct. 6, Job Search Strategies; Oct. 13, Resume Strategies; Oct. 20, Interview Strategies.

Connecting Women to Construction Careers: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m. This 90-minute virtual session is designed for women and underrepresented workers to explore high-wage careers within the construction trades as well as low-cost or no-cost training programs and job opportunities.

Building a Strong Future in Lewiston/Auburn: Wednesdays, Oct. 19 to Nov. 2, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Take steps toward work that aligns with your values and skills while also meeting your needs, such as desired salary and benefits. In three, 90-minute class sessions, paricipants will begin to build a plan for the strong future they envision.


Start a Business

Business Basics: Thursdays, Oct. 6-20, 6 to 7 p.m. This class covers the basics of a business plan, marketing, and cash planning. It will help assess the feasibility, desirability, and viability of the business idea and get started with a plan.

Business Success Series: Wednesdays, Oct. 5-19, noon to 1 p.m. Business Success is a series of online dynamic workshops, created to help you understand and manage the many components of starting and growing your business successfully. Register for one or more workshops in the series. This is a continuation of the series that began in September.

Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed: Thursday, Oct. 27, 6 to 7 p.m. Learn how to organize your financial records, understand your tax responsibilities, become familiar with tax forms, and file your taxes with confidence. This workshop is designed for sole proprietors.

Introduction to Self-Employment: Tuesday, Nov. 1, noon to 1 p.m.Is self-employment the right choice for you? The class covers the pros and cons of owning a business, steps needed for startup, major elements of a business plan, and resources to help one succeed.

Self-paced classes include:

Grow Your Business Online: Gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to create a compelling web presence and website for a small business. Made possible by Empower by GoDaddy in partnership with New Ventures Maine. Enroll anytime. Self-paced. Complete by Dec. 31.

My Next Career Move: Assess your skills, interests, and experiences and relate them to career options. Identify high-growth job fields, explore education and training options. Strengthen a resume for a targeted job search. Enroll by Nov. 18. Self-paced. Complete by Dec. 31, 2022.

To sign up for any of these classes, visit or call 207-621-3440.

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