Start Your Business

;

Want to start or expand your business?

NVME’s professional staff can help!

  • Research your ideas to assess viability
  • Learn about marketing, financials, and management
  • Get organized and create a solid plan
  • Develop your website

Classes include:

  • Exploring self-employment
  • The basics of starting a business
  • Website development offered in partnership with Empower by GoDaddy
  • Venturing Forth, an in-depth business planning course

Get started by scheduling an individual coaching session or browse through the current Start Your Business classes below to find one that’s right for you. Use the filters to search for online or in-person classes, day or evening sessions, or specific topics.

Date Range
Time
  • All Day
  • Morning
  • Afternoon
  • Evening
  • Night
Delivery
Reset
10
September

Work for Yourself @50+ (Online)

Work for Yourself @50+ (Online)

Date: September 10, 2024Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 amClass Delivery: OnlineClass Instructor: Dion Olmstead

Work for Yourself@50+, a 90-minute workshop from our professional staff, will help you gain the knowledge, support, and resources you need to make informed decisions about working for yourself and take the right first steps toward successful self-employment.

View Class

18
September

Exploring Self-Employment (Online)

Exploring Self-Employment (Online)

Date: September 18, 2024Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmClass Delivery: OnlineClass Instructor: Alicia LaFosse

This one-hour workshop will help you decide if self-employment is the right choice for you. Our professional staff cover the pros and cons of owning your own business, the steps needed for start-up, the major elements of a business plan, and the many resources available...

View Class

18
September

Business Basics (Online)

Business Basics (Online)

Date: September 18, 2024Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmClass Delivery: OnlineClass Instructor: Dion Olmstead

This three-session class with our professional staff covers the basics of writing a business plan, marketing, recordkeeping, and cash planning. The class is for those thinking about or in the early start-up phase of a new business.

View Class

09
October

Work for Yourself @50+ (Online)

Work for Yourself @50+ (Online)

Date: October 9, 2024Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pmClass Delivery: OnlineClass Instructor: Alicia LaFosse

Work for Yourself@50+, a 90-minute workshop from our professional staff, will help you gain the knowledge, support, and resources you need to make informed decisions about working for yourself and take the right first steps toward successful self-employment.

View Class

Don't know where to start?

I am not sure I would have mentally gotten through writing a business plan without NVME. With their help, I stayed on track, stayed motivated and believed in myself.

— Laura (Lewiston)

Celebrating Your Wins

Participants in our programs accomplish all kinds of personal, work, and financial success, big and small. Here are recent stories of people from all across Maine who are reaching their goals.

Shari Hamilton: Hello Good Pie
I have built long-term relationships with customers through many stages and milestones of life. I love being able to be profitable and steer my own destiny financially. I like working with young people and helping them develop. I really love food, too.
Micah Smith: Trust the Process
When I think about how far we’ve come—we literally started from scratch 4 years ago—I can appreciate all of the steps it took to get here. I truly enjoy taking care of my customers and employees and that’s really important to me.
Circe MacDonald: Diligence Pays Off
I signed up for the Venturing Forth class to work on business planning in late February of 2020. After a few short weeks of classes, the pandemic brought my plans to a grinding halt, but I still had the desire to create a business plan.

Looking for something different?

Build Your Career

Explore options and create your plan.

Manage Your Money

Learn skills and prepare for the future.

Find a Coach

Schedule a free individual session with one of our professional coaches to discuss your goals.

Find a Center

Choose from seven centers located across Maine.