Thinking about going into business for yourself? The Hatchery seminars can help.

The Hatchery, MaineStream Finance’s free classes for beginning and growing entrepreneurs, will offered at Belfast Free Library starting Thursday, March 1. These seven seminars help take the mystery out of starting a new business or growing an existing one. They address the questions you need to ask before you start, and look at what you need to do as your business grows. Attending these classes will help provide answers and suggest many useful resources.

The series will examine your value proposition and how to create a business plan, get started with marketing and sales, address legal and regulatory issues, talk about your business in public and get started with a pitch deck. Speakers will include entrepreneurs who will share their experiences and specialists who understand the numbers, laws, issues, marketing, sales and regulations.

The classes will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and will run on a slightly irregular schedule until April 26, in the Abbott Room at the library, 106 High St.

The series will be anchored by Ken Greenleaf, business adviser at MaineStream Finance. This class series is free and open to anyone, but space is limited. Register at and click on Register Belfast.

A nonprofit community development financial institution, MaineStream Finance furthers economic development through job creation. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Penquis CAP, the anti-poverty agency based in Bangor.

For more information, contact Ken Greenleaf, or 974-2437. Direct registration link for The Hatchery Belfast: