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

  • Legal Considerations When Starting A Business: A Workshop With Opticliff Law

    This workshop and Q&A session will address common issues entrepreneurs face when starting a business. You will discuss questions such as: When is it time to incorporate, rather than do business under my own name? Should I form an LLC, partnership, sole proprietorship, or a corporation? If I do business in multiple states (or hope to … Read More

  • FocusME: Growth Stage Business Peer Group, Spring 2017 (8:30am start)

    The Women’s Business Center at CEI and the Portland SCORE Chapter are collaborating to host FocusME, a series of peer groups for female entrepreneurs. This spring we are offering an Early Stage Business Peer Group and a Growth Stage Business Peer Group. Once you’ve registered we will contact you and ask you to complete a short questionnaire … Read More

  • FocusME: Early Stage Business Peer Group, Spring 2017 (11:00am start)

    The Women’s Business Center at CEI and the Portland SCORE Chapter are collaborating to host FocusME, a series of peer groups for female entrepreneurs. This spring we are offering an Early Stage Business Peer Group and a Growth Stage Business Peer Group. Once you’ve registered we will contact you and ask you to complete a short questionnaire … Read More