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Venturing Forth – Business Planning for Entrepreneurs

Venturing Forth is a 60-hour course in business planning. At the end of the class, you will have a completed business plan.  The following topics are covered in depth: your customer, competition, marketing, record keeping, taxes, financing, legal aspects, and more. There are also 3 monthly follow-up sessions at the completion of the class.

You must complete an application, come to the orientation session, and have an individual interview to be accepted into the class.

Venturing Forth is open to entrepreneurs across the state. Opportunities to connect with regional business planning resources and staff are highlighted and encouraged.

This course qualifies for 3 Pass/Fail credits from the University of Maine at Augusta upon approval of your completed business plan.

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply for the University of Maine at Augusta GEN Scholarship, to be used  at any University of Maine System University, Maine Community College, or the University of New England.

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Business Basics2024-05-08 May 08, 2024
(ends May 22, 2024)
Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2024-05-22 May 22, 2024Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Grow Your Business Online- Keep My Customers2024-05-28 May 28, 2024Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Work for Yourself@50+2024-05-29 May 29, 2024Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Your Marketing Strategy2024-06-04 June 04, 2024Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Pricing Strategies2024-06-06 June 06, 2024Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Bookkeeping Solutions2024-06-11 June 11, 2024Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Business Success- Projecting Cash Flow2024-06-13 June 13, 2024Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Exploring Self-Employment2024-06-25 June 25, 2024Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Grow Your Business Online2024-01-01 January 01, 2024
(ends June 30, 2024)
Start a BusinessONLINE AnytimeStatewide
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2024-09-03 September 03, 2024
(ends December 03, 2024)
Start a BusinessONLINE DaytimeStatewide