STATE – New Ventures Maine is launching 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 to participants and is made possible through Empower by GoDaddy in partnership with New Ventures Maine.
Build Your Business Online will be offered from March 1 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 the connection between social media and the website. , using email marketing to increase sales, and understanding cybersecurity to protect customer information.
Entrepreneurs who participate in the class receive free tools:
- domain name and hosting plan
- access to the web builder (software)
- branded email address
- email marketing solution
- SEO for a two-year term
Participants participate in remote orientations, work/lab sessions, and drop-in hours with a qualified web developer, which are strategically timed to allow participating entrepreneurs to network and troubleshoot in a group environment at distance 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 bit.ly/GYBO-2022. For more information and to register, contact Karin Petrin at 768-9468 or [email protected] There is no charge for the training.
New Ventures Maine is a statewide community economic development program at the University of Maine at Augusta, University of Maine System. New Ventures Maine creates an environment for Maine people to set and achieve their career, financial and small business goals. Through tuition-free courses and one-on-one coaching, they help people find great jobs, start or return to college, start small businesses, manage money, and grow their assets. All courses and interactive workshops are currently online. Individual appointments are possible by videoconference or by telephone. For more information on courses and other programs and services offered by New Ventures Maine, visit us online: newventuresmaine.org.