STATE — New Ventures Maine will offer 20 free workshops and classes statewide in May in three program areas: small business, career building, and financial education. Workshops and classes are designed to help people in Maine gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to build a career, start a business, and manage money. 

The full class schedule is updated frequently and is accessible online.

Day and evening classes are available as well as online, self-paced, and in-person options in the three program areas (partial list):

Build Your Career

Job Search Workshops: Tuesdays, May 7 – 21; 12 –1 p.m. Online.
Ready for a new job or a career change? Join us for one, two, or all three workshops. May 7: Job Search Strategies; May 14: Resume Strategies; May 21: Interview Strategies.

Making Career Choices: Tuesday, May 14, 4 – 5 p.m. Online.
Ready for a career change but don’t know where to start? This workshop will point you in the right direction. We will cover what to consider when making a career choice, and the resources to help you succeed.


Start a Business

Grow Your Business Online (GYBO): Self-paced. Online.
Gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to create a compelling website for your small business. Work at your own pace; complete by June 30, 2024.

Business Basics: Wednesdays, May 8 – 22 (3 sessions), 10 – 11:30 a.m. Online.
This class covers 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, May 9, 12 – 1 p.m. Online. This one-hour workshop 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.

Manage Your Money

Money Management Workshops: Thursdays, May 9 – 23, 10 – 11 a.m. Online.
Learn to budget, repair your credit, and create a savings plan. May 9: Budgeting Basics; May 16: Let’s Talk About Credit; May 23: Build Your Savings.

My Money Works: Thursdays, May 16 – June 13 (5 sessions), 6 – 7 p.m. Online.
Gain the skills and confidence you need to stretch your money, pay your bills, reduce debt, save, plan for retirement, and set personal financial goals with a plan to achieve greater financial stability.

My Money Works will also be offered in person in Brunswick starting May 6 and in Bangor, starting May 14.

To learn more and choose a class right for you, visit or call 207-621-3440.

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