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New Ventures Maine Presents Work For Yourself@50+ Self-employment Workshop

Media Release

For Immediate release

New Ventures Maine Presents Work For Yourself@50+ Self-employment Workshop

What will YOU do with your second career?

AARP Foundation’s Work for Yourself@50+ will help low- and moderate-income adults age 50+ gain the

knowledge, support, and resources they need to make informed decisions and take the right first

steps toward successful self-employment. The two hour workshop will walk

participants through the Work for Yourself@50+ materials and connect them with local resources to

help them reach their goals.

The workshop will be offered on Monday, February 27 from 9:30am to 11:30am at The

Gathering Place at the Aroostook Agency on Aging, 33 Davis Street, Presque Isle.

The decision to start a business can be both exciting and daunting. Work for Yourself@50+

breaks the choices down for older adults in an approachable way through five steps:

•   A careful consideration of the potential and perils of working for yourself

•   Exercises to help develop the self-employment idea

•   A realistic overview of what it takes to pursue a self-employment opportunity

•   Guidance to help avoid pitfalls and scams

•   Ways to find trustworthy support and services

To learn more about Work for Yourself@50+, please visit Work

for Yourself@50+ is made possible through a grant from The Hartford.

Participants should call AARP Foundation at 888-339-5617 to register for this workshop.

Registrations are accepted on the morning of the event.

The facilitator for this workshop will be Karin Petrin, Microenterprise Specialist for the Northern

Region of New Ventures Maine. To learn more about the programs and services of New

Ventures Maine please visit

New Ventures Maine Offers Becoming a Licensed Child Care Home Provider Workshop

New Ventures Maine ( will offer a tuition-free introductory business planning workshop at ACAP, 771 Main St, Presque Isle on Tuesday, February 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM.

Karin Petrin, Microenterprise Coordinator for New Ventures Maine in Aroostook County and the trainer for the workshop, notes, “Local child care services are currently in high demand throughout Aroostook County. This is a great opportunity to meet with industry experts and people who are making a living as a home child care provider and receive critical insight into the process of becoming licensed.”

This one session workshop will help you decide if self-employment as a child care home provider is the right choice for you. The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the steps needed for start-up, the major elements of a business plan, and the many resources within Aroostook County and statewide available to help you succeed. Speakers from the State of Maine Licensing, Fire Marshall’s Office, State food program, and existing successful providers will be on-hand to answer your questions about the process of becoming licensed and how to succeed as a child care home provider.

Men, women, couples, and all entrepreneurs who are interested in starting a child care home provider business are welcome in the class. Existing providers who want a refresher on business planning, marketing, and financial cash flow planning are also welcome to attend.


New Ventures Maine will also offer Business Basics, a free three-week class, Thursdays, March 2 through March 16 from 5:30pm-8:30pm at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. This class covers the basics of a business plan, marketing, cash planning and is suitable for those thinking about or in the early start-up phase of a new business. It will help you assess the feasibility, desirability, and viability of your business idea and get you started with your plan.

For more information or to register, contact Karin Petrin, Microenterprise Specialist at New Ventures Maine at 768-9468 or or go online to Pre-registration is required.

For more information on these classes and other programs and services offered by New Ventures Maine, visit us online at


Posted by Karen Rockwell  on February 16, 2017