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Change is good.

A new job, a new career, a new business, a new understanding of financial matters. We help people all over the state venture in new directions by offering tuition-free programs for career, business, and financial education. We have guided individuals through life changes every day for 40 years.


Helping Maine people succeed in the changing economy and achieve economic security for themselves and their families.

New Ventures Maine offers tools for you to take the next step.

You can. We help.


Classes and workshops, offered at no cost, are open to all Maine adults, with in-person and online options as well as one-to-one coaching. We offer programs that encourage and empower those thinking about making a change to take the next step towards financial security, a new career, or a new business.

As advocates, we partner with other statewide organizations to tackle issues central to the economic security of Maine’s people.

Founded in 1978 as the Displaced Homemakers program through state legislation, we operated as Women, Work, and Community for many years until 2015 when we became New Ventures Maine. We are administered by and operate under the educational tax-exempt status of the University of Maine at Augusta/University of Maine System. An Advisory Council appointed by the Governor provides strategic guidance and support.

Funding sources include the University of Maine System, federal and state contracts and grants, grants from private foundations, individual and corporate donations, and fee for service.