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Our Summer 2020 series of online Business 101 and Turn Your Hobby Into A Business classes through Zoom have completed. In-person business classes are on hold for the time being. Click here to watch for Business 101 and Turn Your Hobby into a Business Workshops coming in the fall and winter.

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  • Business 101 (one evening seminar on steps for getting started)

    One evening class held in Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Hancock Counties.

    These free one evening Business 101 workshops will provide an overview of the pros and cons of operating a microenterprise or small business.  What a business plan is and why it is needed; plus, resources for your business development. Learn More About Being An Entrepreneur, Business Success; Professionalism; Business Plans, Networking; Business Loans; Resources; Budgets; and Credit.

    For more information, call 1-800-215-4942 ext. 2476, or visit www.facebook.com/IWWMaine for updates & more.

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  • Turning your Hobby into a Business (2 evening workshop)

    Do you have a passion for creating or is your hobby sellable?  This free two-night workshop will discuss what to think about before creating a new business.  Areas that will be discussed:  Questions to ask myself; Is there a market for my products and/or services; Business Plan; Recordkeeping; Regulations; Taxes; Marketing; Funding sources and more.

    For more information, call 1-800-215-4942 ext. 2476, or visit  www.facebook.com/IWWMaine for updates & more.

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  • Incubator Without Walls (7 weeks - facilitated to create a business plan)

    No current classes planned at this time.

    7-week class held in Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Hancock Counties.

    The Incubator Without Walls Express program helps individuals start and expand businesses with five or fewer employees.  The course stresses that good management, effective marketing, and use of financial controls leads to increased profits, and that business planning leads to business growth, profits, and personal satisfaction in just seven classes.

    The following topics will be discussed: Credit; Business Plan; Business Concept; Legal Structures of Business; Marketing; Record Keeping; Financials & Cash Flow; Loans & Grants; Resources & More

    The classes are frequently augmented with guest speakers from the local business community, which allows participants to network with local bankers, accountants, insurance agents, web & media designers, and an array of other experts. In addition, participants can receive one on one business counseling.

    This course is offered Live in Bangor, Dover-Foxcroft, East Millinocket, Ellsworth and Lincoln.

    For more information, call 1-800-215-4942 ext. 2476, or visit www.facebook.com/IWWMaine for updates & more.

     

  • Build A Better Business Plus (in progress)

    No current classes planned at this time.

    MaineStream Finance will be offering a unique opportunity for people thinking of starting a business as well as start-up businesses (3 years or younger). We will integrate Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac with our award-winning Incubators Without Walls (IWW) program that will include online work and videos, practical tools, guest speakers, class discussions & peer learning, development of your business plan and more. We will meet weekly.  The course is FREE!!

     

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