Page Eastburn O’Rourke – Yarmouth

The Right Time

Page Eastburn O’Rourke found New Ventures Maine (NVME) at the right time for herself and her business, Page’s Paintings.

Page Eastburn O'Rourke“I paint vibrant Maine landscapes and was feeling anything but vibrant. It was August 2015, and my son Griffin and I were at an outdoor art show. We were sweltering in my booth hoping to sell some paintings on the hottest day of the year. The hoped-for crowds of eager art collectors had gone to the beach. A fellow exhibitor mentioned a class she heard about through New Ventures Maine. It had been a summer of crummy weather during the outdoor shows, which were my primary outlet for selling my artwork. I was feeling burnt out and discouraged, and the mention of this class came at a welcome moment.”

Venturing Forth

Page enrolled in NVME’s Venturing Forth class in 2015 to build a plan for business growth. “Like many artists, my perceived strengths lay with creating the art, not selling it. In a supportive, structured framework, the class helped me learn the essentials of being an entrepreneur. My goal was to face my financial fears – baggage I was tired of lugging around.”

Page says, “It felt uncomfortable and overwhelming at first, but with the support of our motivating instructor, Jenn Dobransky, and classmates, the course was ultimately powerful and confidence-building.”

Finding Confidence

The confidence New Ventures Maine has given Page has been transformative. “It has taught me it’s a strength to ask for and receive help. We are fortunate to live in Maine, where there are many organizations and professionals who are eager to support and open doors for small businesses. New Ventures Maine connected us with many of them.”

Advice From Page

Page advises other artists and entrepreneurs to trust that facing your fears and doing something out of your comfort zone will lead to more confidence and growth. She also keeps in mind her affirmation from class: “When your self-worth goes up, your net worth goes up.”

What the Future Holds

Page’s business and her art have grown by leaps and bounds since completing the class. For the future, she says, “My goal is to continue on the path of valuing myself as an artist and a business woman, and to stay fresh and inspired by continuing to challenge myself.”

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-08-02 August 02, 2018Start a BusinessMadawaskaNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-08-08 August 08, 2018Start a BusinessCaribouNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-08-09 August 09, 2018Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-08-09 August 09, 2018Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-08-14 August 14, 2018Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-08-15 August 15, 2018Start a BusinessAugustaCentral
Business Basics2018-08-08 August 08, 2018
(ends August 22, 2018)
Start a BusinessMadawaskaNorthern
Starting a Child Care Business2018-09-06 September 06, 2018Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Customer Service: Focus on what matters2018-09-12 September 12, 2018Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-09-20 September 20, 2018Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-09-24 September 24, 2018Start a BusinessFarmingtonWestern
Business Basics2018-09-11 September 11, 2018
(ends September 25, 2018)
Start a BusinessBangorNorth Central/Downeast
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-10-11 October 11, 2018Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2018-10-11 October 11, 2018Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-10-15 October 15, 2018Start a BusinessMexicoWestern
Business Basics2018-10-03 October 03, 2018
(ends October 17, 2018)
Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-10-18 October 18, 2018Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-10-25 October 25, 2018Start a BusinessMechanic FallsWestern
Business Basics2018-10-23 October 23, 2018
(ends November 06, 2018)
Start a BusinessFarmingtonWestern
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2018-11-08 November 08, 2018Start a BusinessOnlineStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-11-15 November 15, 2018Start a BusinessBoothbay HarborMidcoast
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-11-15 November 15, 2018Start a BusinessBethelWestern
Business Basics2018-11-01 November 01, 2018
(ends November 15, 2018)
Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2018-08-28 August 28, 2018
(ends November 27, 2018)
Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2018-09-11 September 11, 2018
(ends December 11, 2018)
Start a BusinessBrunswickMidcoast
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2018-12-12 December 12, 2018Start a BusinessOnlineStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2018-12-13 December 13, 2018Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2018-09-26 September 26, 2018
(ends December 19, 2018)
Start a BusinessSouth PortlandSouthern