ROCKLAND — Starting Sept. 14, New Ventures Maine will offer a free 12-week course in business planning.

Venturing Forth will help new entrepreneurs or existing business owners create a written business plan from start to finish with feedback from facilitators and fellow entrepreneurs. This offers a 60 hour course that covers topics including customers, competition, marketing, recordkeeping, taxes, financing, legal aspects and more.

In class activities, guest speakers and homework assignments lead to the completed business plan and road map for individual success. The course includes three follow up networking sessions. Class size is limited to 30. Interested parties must complete an application, attend an orientation and individual interview, and be accepted into the class.

Applications are due by Friday, Sept. 3, and can be found online via The class orientation will be held Tuesday, Sept. 7, from 11 to 12:30 p.m. with interviews scheduled over the following days. The Venturing Forth class will meet remotely Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from Sept. 14 through Dec. 16 via Zoom.

Karin Petrin, a trainer for the Venturing Forth course, says, “Watching businesses open and close around our communities and being a business owner myself, it is clear to me, a written plan is crucial to building and sustaining your business. This class will help you explore all aspects of your business as you write your business plan. It answers questions we don’t realize we have as we explore the legal aspects, tax implications, and financing options to help you grow your business with tools to succeed.”

There is no fee for the class. Anyone with a business idea is welcome to apply. The 60-hour course also qualifies for three Pass/Fail credits from the University of Maine at Augusta upon approval of complete business plan and payment of a small processing fee. NVME abides by UMA non-discrimination policy.

To request or complete an application, register for the orientation or get more information, contact Karin at or Jenn at at New Ventures Maine or go to

For more information on the Venturing Forth program and other classes and services offered by New Ventures Maine, visit