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Workshop targets business start-ups

CARIBOU, Maine — New Ventures Maine will offer a free introductory business planning workshop at the Caribou Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Karin Petrin, microenterprise coordinator for New Ventures Maine in Aroostook County and the trainer for the workshop, said, “This class answers the many questions related to business ownership and startup, so you can decide if self-employment may be right for you and helps get you pointed in the right direction.”

The Caribou Public Library subscribes to the Gale Small Business Builder, a premier online business planning tool for individuals who are exploring the idea of entrepreneurship, want to start a small business, or operating an existing business.

“This resource helps entrepreneurs build business plans. It is a great opportunity for workshop participants to learn about this new resource and will provide a new level of assistance to small business owners and entrepreneurs,” said Anastasia Weigle, director of the Caribou Public Library.

The one-session workshop will coves the pros and cons of owning a business, the steps needed for start-up, the major elements of a business plan, and the many helpful resources within Aroostook County and statewide.

Men, women, couples, and all entrepreneurs who are interested in starting a business are welcome. Business owners who want a refresher on business planning, marketing and financial cash flow planning are also welcome to attend.

For more information or to register, contact Petrin at 768-9468 or karin.petrin@maine.edu. Pre-registration is required and available online at bit.ly/classesnvme. There is no fee for the training.

For more information on these classes and other programs and services offered by New Ventures Maine, visit us online at www.newventuresmaine.com.

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