MaineStream Finance, a subsidiary of Penquis, is offering a free Business 101 class to anyone interested in starting a small business.

This workshop will be offered Monday, Sept. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Penquis, 170 Pleasant St., Rockland, and again in the evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The workshop will also be held in Belfast at the UMaine Hutchinson Center on Monday, Sept. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m., and again in the evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

The workshop provides an overview of the pros and cons of operating a microenterprise or small business including the basics of a business plan and available resources for business development.

Additional topics include: Being An Entrepreneur, Business Success, Professionalism, Networking, Budgets and Credit. MaineStream Finance also offers small business lending and business technical assistance, financial training, and business plan development with a Microenterprise Consultant available to provide one-on-one assistance.

This workshop will be instructed by James Macomber, Microenterprise Consultant and 2008 SBA Home Based Business Champion for Maine and New England. To register for the Business 101 class visit mainestreamfinance.org and click on “Workshops and Trainings”, then complete the registration form, or call 1-800-215-4942 ext. 2476 or email jmacomber@penquis.org.

This class is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Find us on Facebook.