Statewide program to offer website development course

New Ventures Maine launches on-demand online course, Grow your business onlinewhich 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, according to a press release from the statewide Community Economic Development Program. The program runs until May 31, and participants can register anytime and work at their own pace.

The course will be 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 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; and

• SEO for a period of two years.

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

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

Registration is compulsory and accessible on For more information and to register, contact Petrin at 207-768-9468 or [email protected].

For more information on courses and other programs and services offered by New Ventures Maine, visit

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