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

Self-paced classes include:

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 your resume for a targeted job search. Enroll by June 2; work at your own pace; complete by June 30.

Grow Your Business Online: Gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to create a compelling web presence and website for your small business. Work online at your own pace through self-guided courses covering branding, GoDaddy tools, website design and content, SEO & marketing, ecommerce and more. Made possible by Empower by GoDaddy in partnership with New Ventures Maine. Enroll anytime, complete by May 31.

Online NVME workshops on managing money include:

Managing Your Money Classes: Tuesdays, May 9 to 30, noon to 1 p.m. Online. Learn to budget, repair your credit and create a savings plan. Join one, two or all three classes. May 9: Budgeting Basics; May 16: Let’s Talk About Credit; May 30: Build Your Savings. No class May 23.


My Money Works: Thursdays, May 18 to June 15, 6 to 7 p.m. Online. Gain the skills and confidence to stretch your money, pay your bills, reduce debt, find money for savings, plan for retirement, and set financial goals with a plan to achieve greater financial stability. Also offered Tuesdays, May 30 to June 27 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Career and business classes include:

Making Career Choices: Tuesday, May 2, 10 to 11 a.m. Online. Ready for a career change but don’t know where to start? It will cover what to consider when making a career choice and resources to help you succeed. Also offered May 24 daytime and May 25 evening.

Introduction to Self-Employment: Tuesday, May 2, noon to 1 p.m. Online. This class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the steps needed for startup, the major elements of a business plan, and the many resources available to help you succeed.

Job Search Classes: Wednesdays, May 3-17, 10 to 11 a.m. Online. Ready for a new job or a career change? Join us for one, two, or all three workshops. May 3: Job Search Strategies; May 10: Resume Strategies; May 17: Interview Strategies.

Building Confidence: Wednesdays, May 10-24, 10 to 11:30 a.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. Also offered Wednesdays, May 17 to 31, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Business Basics: Wednesdays, May 31 to June 14, 9:30 a.m. to noon. In person in Lewiston. This class covers the business plan, marketing and cash planning. Assess the feasibility, desirability and viability of your business idea and get started with your plan. It will be held at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster St.,  Lewiston.

For the full schedule of upcoming free classes and to sign up, visit or call 207-621-3440.

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