Virtual Statewide: Innovations and Entrepreneurship in Rural Maine Workshop Series - offered by Sunrise Senior College (Workshop)

Out of the wreckage of COVID, a new era of economic prosperity in rural Maine is a genuine possibility. Sunrise Senior College wants to profile some of the enterprising individuals making this happen now. We want you to hear their stories and business insights. We'll profile "side hustlers" (entrepreneurs in training!) as well as others fully engaged in their small businesses.

Classes start in mid-January and run through early April. There's a session in here for every-one who is interested in rural Maine businesses as well as those hoping to pick up a few tips to benefit or kick-start their own businesses.

"Side-Hustles" are free and open to the public:

  • Maine Fae Art: by Betsey Brown-Benner on January 23 from 10:00 to 11:30 am.
  • My Upholstery Side Hustle by Hosanna Erin Jensen on January 30 from 10:00 to 11:30 am.
  • The Broadway Inn Re-Imagined by Debra Bokur-Rawsthorne on February 13, 11:00 to 12:30

Innovative Small Businesses in Rural Maine - open to the public with a fee of $10 or $15 each:

  • Shellfish Aquaculture with Dana Morse on February 10 at 10 a.m. 90 minutes
  • Seaweed Farming with Jaclyn Robidoux on February 17 at 10 a.m. 90 minutes
  • Starting A Hemp Farm with Allie and Ben Edwards on February 27 and March 6 at 10 a.m. 90 minutes each
  • Sales and Marketing Using Social Media with Jillian Taylor on February 23 and March 2 at 11 a.m. 90 minutes each
  • Navigating the Rural Maine Economy with Richard East on March 20 at 1 pm. 60 minutes
  • How EdGE Was Founded and Thrived with Charlie Harrington on April 3 at 10 a.m. 90 minutes
  • Innovations in Rural Maine: New Directions and Opportunities with Patricia Pinto, Volunteer President of AARP Maine on April 10 at 10 a.m., 60 minutes.

To register contact Steve Rutter at and let him know you heard about these sessions through CareerCenter to have admission fees waived!

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