New Ventures will host summer business classes

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — New Ventures Maine, which has an Aroostook County office in Presque Isle, has announced tuition-free online workshops and classes for the summer that are designed to help people in Maine gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to start a business, build a career, and manage money. 

Classes are planned in June, July and August and include the following.

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

My Next Career Move: Self-paced; complete by Aug. 31. 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 July 1. Work at your own pace.  

MoneyWise Workshops: Wednesdays, 12-12:50 p.m. Learn to budget, repair your credit, and create a savings plan. Join us for one, two, or all three workshops. June 29, You & Your Budget; July 27, Let’s Talk Credit; August 31, Build Your Savings.

Introduction to Self-Employment: Wednesday, June 29, and Wednesday, Aug. 10, 12-1 p.m. Is self-employment the right choice for you? The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, steps needed for start-up, major elements of a business plan, and resources to help you succeed.  

Making Career Choices: Tuesday, July 5, 10-11 a.m.; also Tuesday, Aug. 2, 10-11 a.m. 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 resources to help you succeed.  

Building Confidence: Wednesdays, July 13 through July 27, 6:30-7:30 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: Tuesdays, July 12-26, 10-11 a.m. Ready for a new job or a career change? Join us for one, two, or all three of these workshops. July 12, Job Search Strategies; July 19, Resume Strategies; July 26, Interview Strategies.

Business Basics: Wednesdays, July 20-Aug. 3, 6- 7:30 p.m. This class covers the basics of a business plan, marketing, cash planning and is suitable for those thinking about or in the early start-up phase of a new business.

For the full schedule of classes and to sign up, visit or call toll-free in Maine: 800-442-2092.

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