Free Website Development Courses Offered to Small Businesses – Knox County VillageSoup

New Ventures Maine has launched an on-demand online course, Grow Your Business Online, which is designed to provide small business owners with the tools, skills and mentorship needed to establish a successful digital presence. This course is offered free of charge to participants.

Growing your business online is offered through an online design and development platform. Entrepreneurs will take courses at their own pace on topics focused on their company’s brand, determining the most effective type of website, creating compelling content, reaching the top of web search results, creating and building a website, making social media/website connection, using email marketing to increase sales and understanding cybersecurity to protect customer information.

Entrepreneurs who attend the class receive free tools: domain name and hosting package; access to web builder (software); branded email address; email marketing solution and search engine optimization for a two-year term.

Participants participate in remote orientations, work/lab sessions – as well as drop-in hours with a web developer – that are strategically timed to allow participating entrepreneurs to network and troubleshoot in a group environment remotely as they develop their online presence. Additional mentorship opportunities are built into the program through a partnership with Mercy Corps’ MicroMentor.

“A digital presence is a necessity for businesses today. This course will help business owners build an online presence, from basic content to full development of a functioning website,” notes Karin Petrin, Business Consultant and Micro-Business Specialist for New Ventures Maine and one of workshop facilitators. “We are thrilled to bring this free program and connection to global digital marketing experts to rural Maine entrepreneurs.”

Pre-registration is mandatory and accessible online at For more information and to register, contact Karin Petrin at 768-9468 or [email protected] There is no charge for the training.

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