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-Employment2019-02-26 February 26, 2019Start a BusinessCamden MaineMidcoast
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-02-27 February 27, 2019Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2019-03-05 March 05, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2019-03-07 March 07, 2019Start a BusinessBrunswickMidcoast
Immigrant Entrepreneurs – Starting a Busines…2019-02-25 February 25, 2019
(ends March 13, 2019)
Start a BusinessPortlandSouthern
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2019-03-13 March 13, 2019Start a BusinessCamden MaineMidcoast
Business Basics2019-03-04 March 04, 2019
(ends March 18, 2019)
Start a BusinessSouth PortlandSouthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-03-20 March 20, 2019Start a BusinessWaldoboroMidcoast
Business Basics2019-03-14 March 14, 2019
(ends March 28, 2019)
Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Tax Readiness for the Self-Employed2019-04-02 April 02, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2019-01-10 January 10, 2019
(ends April 04, 2019)
Start a BusinessBangorNorth Central/Downeast
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-04-04 April 04, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-04-08 April 08, 2019Start a BusinessMexicoWestern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-04-23 April 23, 2019Start a BusinessOaklandCentral
Business Basics2019-04-18 April 18, 2019
(ends April 25, 2019)
Start a BusinessBrunswickMidcoast
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-04-25 April 25, 2019Start a BusinessMechanic FallsWestern
Business Basics2019-04-22 April 22, 2019
(ends April 29, 2019)
Start a BusinessCamden MaineMidcoast
Business Basics2019-04-29 April 29, 2019
(ends May 13, 2019)
Start a BusinessFarmingtonWestern
Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrep2019-03-06 March 06, 2019
(ends May 22, 2019)
Start a BusinessLewistonWestern
Business Basics2019-05-15 May 15, 2019
(ends May 29, 2019)
Start a BusinessPresque IsleNorthern
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-06-04 June 04, 2019Start a BusinessONLINEStatewide
Introduction to Self-Employment2019-06-06 June 06, 2019Start a BusinessLewistonWestern