AUGUSTA, MAINE — August 15, 2023 — New Ventures Maine will offer free online and in-person workshops and classes statewide in September in three program areas: career, business and financial education. Workshops and classes are 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 is updated frequently and is accessible online.

Classes in the three program areas include:

Manage Your Money

My Money Works: Wednesdays, Sept. 13 – Oct. 11, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Online. 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.

Money Management Workshops: Wednesdays, Sept. 13 – Sept. 27, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Online. Learn to budget, repair your credit, and create a savings plan. Join us for one, two, or all three workshops. Sept. 13: Budgeting Basics; Sept. 20: Let’s Talk About Credit; Sept. 27: Build Your Savings.


Build Your Career

My Next Career Move – Self-Paced, Online: Sept. 15 – Dec. 15, 2023. Assess your skills, interests, and experiences and relate them to career options. Work at your own pace.

Changing Jobs: Finding Work that Fits: Wednesdays, Aug. 30 – Sept. 13, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Online. Are you considering a job change? This online class for women will help you identify work options and benefits that align with your interests, skills, and values. (also offered Sept. 21 – Oct. 5)

Job Search Workshops: Mondays, Sept. 11 – 25, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Online. Ready for a new job or a career change? Join us for one, two, or all three workshops. Sept. 11: Job Search Strategies; Sept. 18 Resume Strategies; Sept. 25 Interview Strategies.

Building Confidence: Tuesdays, Sept. 12 – 26, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Online. 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.

Connecting Women to Construction Careers: Thursday, Sept. 14, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Online. This 90-minute virtual session is designed for women and underrepresented workers to explore high-wage careers in the construction trades as well as low-cost or no-cost training programs and job opportunities.


Start a Business

Grow Your Business Online, Self-paced: Gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to create a compelling web presence & website for your small business. Work at your own pace; complete by December 31.

Business Basics: Wednesdays, Sept. 13 – Oct. 4, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Online. 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.

Exploring Self-employment: Thursday, Sept. 14, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Online. This class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the steps needed for start-up, the major elements of a business plan, and the many resources available to help you succeed. (Also offered Sept. 20, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.).

Business Success – Pricing Strategies: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Online. In this interactive workshop, we will explore various pricing strategies to help you develop the best methods for your business.

To learn more and sign up, visit to choose a class or call 207-621-3440.


About New Ventures Maine (NVME)
New Ventures Maine provides training and individual advising in planning careers, starting businesses, and managing money. A statewide education and economic development program of the University of Maine at Augusta, University of Maine System, NVME helps Maine people succeed in the changing economy and achieve economic security for themselves and their families. For more information visit
MaineCF grants available for arts initiatives

ELLSWORTH & PORTLAND – Arts organizations throughout the state may be eligible for grants from two Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF) grant programs.

Maine Expansion Arts and the Maine Theater Fund are accepting online proposals from arts organizations and for arts-related programming throughout the state.

Maine Expansion Arts supports arts organizations serving rural communities and those led by and/or serving Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). Maine Theater supports nonprofit professional and community theaters in the production and presentation of live theater.

The deadline to submit proposals is Thursday, Sept. 15. To apply, visit

In 2022, MaineCF awarded 18 Expansion Arts grants totaling $148,500 to organizations and projects ranging from hands-on workshops to cultural preservation and community art events. An additional 11 grants totaling $80,800 were awarded from donors with advised funds at MaineCF.


2022 Grantees include:

Eastport ArtWalk, to support inclusive, interactive art activities, music, performance, dance, storytelling, and more.
Indigo Arts Alliance, to continue to grow as an incubator for professional development and amplification of BIPOC thought leadership, artistic vision, and practice.
Maine Inside Out, for its arts and advocacy-based leadership development programs for youth of color.
The Maine Theater Fund awarded a total of $126,485 to 16 professional and community theater companies throughout the state in 2022. Priorities of the fund include adult theater, dramas and organizations that have not recently received funding.

2022 grantees include:

Heartwood Regional Theater Company, for its production of “Hamlet”
Mayo Street Arts, to replace audience risers and add additional chair stops and handrails.
Rangeley Friends of the Performing Arts, to support its 2023 productions.

For more eligibility, guidelines and to apply, visit Lists of all grantees are available at

For more information about the Maine Expansion Arts, contact Program Officer John Ochira, or 207-412-0837.

For more information about the Maine Theater Fund, contact Program Officer Katie Howard at or 207-412-0832.
The Maine Community Foundation brings people and resources together to build a better Maine through strategic giving, community leadership, personalized service, local expertise and strong investments. To learn more about the foundation, visit

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