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  1. Streamlining Access to Online Classes

    We are streamlining registration for online classes.

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    From the beginning, our mission at CourseStorm has been to streamline access to education. It’s what drives our entire company every day. It’s built-in to our pay-as-you-go business model, the smooth design of our software, and the deliberate decision to focus on lifelong learning. In short, it’s in our DNA.

    And we’re confident that the customers we’ve served across the US would agree we’ve done an excellent job. On average, CourseStorm customers have seen a 12% increase in registrations year-over-year as we continually add new ways to help them reach more learners.

    In our continual effort to expand access to education, today we are announcing yet another way to help programs reach more learners: deeper integration with online classes.

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  2. CourseStorm Announces COVID-19 Education Relief Fund

    From our founding, CourseStorm has prided itself on being a committed partner with each program we’ve served. As we witness the unprecedented effect the COVID-19 situation is having on educational providers across the nation, our team has been working around the clock to identify ways we can help our customers through this difficult time. 

    The vast majority of our customers are small, non-profit organizations that lack the financial cushioning of larger institutions and are, therefore, feeling a disproportionate impact on their programs. We have been awed by the creativity and determination of our customers to adapt to the situation rapidly, but we’re also keenly aware that more help is needed.

    In honor of that spirit, CourseStorm has created the COVID-19 Education Relief Fund to help alleviate economic injury related to the disruption of our customers’ programming. 

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  3. Lessons Learned from Matt James

    I had been running my own web development company for several years when I hired an enterprising young software engineer named Matt James. I didn’t realize at the time that this programmer would not only become the leader of our product development team but, ultimately, the designer of what would become CourseStorm, a business we would cofound. In 2015, Matt became CourseStorm’s first employee and has kept his eyes on the horizon since — always growing in ways to best impact and guide the company. As his leadership skills have expanded, so have his responsibilities, and today, I am excited to name Matt the Chief Operating Officer of CourseStorm!

    This occasion has provided me with a chance to reflect on our decade of work together across two different companies. Growing a startup is hard work, and having Matt as a co-founder has made all the difference in our success. I’d like to share some of the essential lessons I have learned from Matt during our time working together. They’re excellent lessons for both business and life. 

    Brian Rahill and Matt James, photo courtesy The Thing of the Moment / Jeff Kirlin

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  4. CourseStorm Announces Partnership with PatronManager

    Orono, ME, February 12, 2020: Maine technology company CourseStorm announced a partnership agreement with leading ticketing, fundraising, and marketing solution for the arts, PatronManager, a Patron Technology product. The partnership will enable PatronManager clients to register students for classes and workshops with CourseStorm while automatically bringing in customer data to PatronManager with a planned integration.

    Syncing contact and registration information from CourseStorm’s streamlined class registration system into PatronManager will provide a more detailed picture of an organization’s supporters, helping create stronger, more profitable relationships for programs in the arts.

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  5. CourseStorm Selected for 2019 Governor’s Award for Business

    AUGUSTA, ME: Governor Janet Mills recognized four Maine businesses as recipients of the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence during a ceremony at the Blaine House in Augusta on December 18, 2019, joined by Maine Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Heather Johnson.

    Maine technology company CourseStorm received the Innovation Award, which celebrates and recognizes business excellence through entrepreneurship and innovation. The 2019 award seeks to celebrate and highlight elements of the State’s ten-year strategic economic plan, with four new award recipient categories. Other businesses recognized were Rwanda Bean with the Welcome Home Award, Luke’s Lobster with the Heritage Industry Award, and Bigelow Brewing Company with the Rural Revitalization Award.

    “We are very grateful to be recognized,” commented Cofounder and CEO Brian Rahill. “We’re excited to be helping with the State’s economic plan in a couple of ways. We are creating high-skilled jobs as we build our own great team, and we’re helping people continue to train and retrain for new work by connecting them to continuing lifelong learning here and all across the US. We started this idea in Maine and are proud that CourseStorm is connecting people to critical educational opportunities across the entire nation.”

    photo montage: 1. 2019 Governor’s Award for Business in Innovation statue; 2. co-founders Matt James and Brian Rahill with Maine Governor Janet Mills; 3. a CourseStorm team selfie

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  6. CourseStorm Welcomes Four New Staff Members

    It seems that 2019 continues to be a year of growth for CourseStorm! 

    We’re happy to welcome employees in the third quarter of 2019 as Becky Willough, Lukas Forbush, Chris Suggs and Jeff Whitlow (pictured) join the CourseStorm team! 

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  7. We’re LaunchPad Finalists!

    We are very excited to have been selected as a finalist for Gorham Savings Bank’s LaunchPad 2019 Competition!

    CourseStorm, Casco Bay Creamery, GO Lab, Sidewalk Buttler, and Vintage Maine Kitchen will participate in live a pitch competition to be held the evening of Tuesday, June 4 at USM’s Hannaford Hall in Portland. 

    LaunchPad helps Maine’s innovators and entrepreneurs reach the next level with an award of $50,000 from Gorham Savings Bank. The five Maine companies were selected from an applicant pool of more than150 businesses as the finalists of the seventh annual LaunchPad competition.

    LaunchPad promotional image featuring photos representing each selected company

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  8. Register for Multiple Classes with Cart

    After months of working behind the scenes, we are beyond excited to announce the single feature that has been requested by customers more than any other: the ability to register for multiple classes at once. We call it CourseStorm Cart. Read on to find out how to enable early access to the feature on your site!

    Once your site is equipped with Cart, students can pick as many classes as they want from your catalog and register for them all in a single transaction. And because CourseStorm has easy tools to register your family and friends as well, you can register as many people for as many classes as you want with just a few clicks!

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