New Ventures Maine offers free online business planning course

FARMINGTON — New Ventures Maine has an open call for Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrepreneurs, its free online course that starts Jan. 26.

For new entrepreneurs or existing business owners, Venturing Forth helps businesspeople create a written business plan from start to finish with feedback from facilitators and fellow entrepreneurs. The 14-week course covers topics including the customer, competition, marketing, record keeping, taxes, financing and legal aspects.

In-class activities, guest speakers and homework assignments lead to the completed business plan and road map for success. This comprehensive course includes three follow-up networking sessions. Individuals must complete an online application and attend an orientation and individual interview to participate in this tuition-free class.

Anyone with a business idea or current business is welcome to apply. The 60-hour course also qualifies for three pass/fail credits from the University of Maine at Augusta upon approval of a completed business plan.

Applications are due by noon Tuesday, Jan. 18, and are available online. The Venturing Forth class will meet via Zoom on Wednesdays, Jan. 26 through April 27.

Fore more information, contact Karleen Andrews (207- 557-1885 or [email protected]) or Gigi Guyton ([email protected]) at New Ventures Maine or access information online.

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