Women’s Business Center

Business Counseling, Workshops and Events for Women in Business

The Women’s Business Center at CEI offers experienced, knowledgeable business specialists who can help you at any stage of your business, from start-up to expansion. Within a setting that respects your experience, skills, and learning style, we assist you in building business skills through access to timely, accurate, tailored information and resources.

We offer:

  • Free and confidential business counseling on topics such as:
    • Business plan development
    • Financing options for your business
    • Business skills, such as: marketing and financial management
    • Ongoing support for growth and expansion tailored to your business
    • Assistance in buying or selling a business
  • Workshops and training events on a variety of business issues
  • A long-term relationship with a skilled business counselor
  • An understanding of how family and other social obligations affect your business
  • Opportunities for networking with other business owners

We offer these services through two separately grant funded programs, The Women’s Business Center at CEI: Southern Maine, and Rural Maine.

In order to speak with one of our counselors, please fill out our online request for advising form, or email wbc@ceimaine.org.

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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

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Upcoming Women’s Business Center Events

  • WBC - Rural ME: Entrepreneurs Connect

      Get inspired to think big, be bold and take risks.  Challenge yourself to grow your business and take it to the next level.  Join us and find yourself motivated by hearing about Three Entrepreneurial Journeys. Learn about Opportunities for Growth in Marketing, Advertising and Trademarking with experts from the field. Check out our Facebook … Read More

  • WBC - Rural ME: DOWNEAST: The Basics of Becoming an Employer

    This workshop is part of the Pumping Up Your Profits: Workshops to Grow Your Business series. This series is co-sponsored by Sunrise County Economic Council and the Maine Woods Tourism Training Initiative with funding support from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development; an equal opportunity partner, funder and employer. Each workshop in this series: *9:00 to noon (except for Getting More Cash Back…) … Read More

  • WBC - Rural ME: DOWNEAST: Walking the Line: Are They Your Employee or an Independent Contractor?

    This workshop is part of the Pumping Up Your Profits: Workshops to Grow Your Business series. This series is co-sponsored by Sunrise County Economic Council and the Maine Woods Tourism Training Initiative with funding support from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development; an equal opportunity partner, funder and employer. Each workshop in this series: *9:00 to noon (except for Getting More Cash Back…) … Read More

  • WBC - Southern Maine: FocusME: Game Changing Support for Women Entrepreneurs (8:30am start)

    The Women’s Business Center at CEI and the Portland SCORE Chapter are collaborating to host FocusME, a series peer groups for female entrepreneurs.   Is FocusME right for you? We are looking for women entrepreneurs who are committed to business and personal growth to join this group. In order to participate, you must have business revenue, and an active … Read More

  • WBC - Southern Maine: FocusME: Game Changing Support for Women Entrepreneurs (11:00am start)

    The Women’s Business Center at CEI and the Portland SCORE Chapter are collaborating to host FocusME, a series peer groups for female entrepreneurs.   Is FocusME right for you? We are looking for women entrepreneurs who are committed to business and personal growth to join this group. In order to participate, you must have business revenue, and an … Read More

  • WBC - Southern Maine: FocusME: Game Changing Support for Women Entrepreneurs (11:00am start)

    The Women’s Business Center at CEI and the Portland SCORE Chapter are collaborating to host FocusME, a series peer groups for female entrepreneurs.   How does it work? A group of smart, savvy, female entrepreneurs meet every two weeks for facilitated sessions focusing on business and personal growth.  These sessions continue with a check-in every three months for the first year, … Read More

  • WBC - Southern Maine: FocusME: Game Changing Support for Women Entrepreneurs (8:30am start)

    The Women’s Business Center at CEI and the Portland SCORE Chapter are collaborating to host FocusME, a series peer groups for female entrepreneurs.   How does it work? A group of smart, savvy, female entrepreneurs meet every two weeks for facilitated sessions focusing on business and personal growth.  These sessions continue with a check-in every three months for the first year, … Read More