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

  • Managing The Impact of Maine’s Minimum Wage Law on The Increased Cost of Labor: A Workshop For Small Businesses

    After a statewide referendum, Maine’s minimum wage increased from $7.50 an hour to $9.00 an hour as of Saturday, January 7, 2017. Portland’s minimum wage, previously at $10.10 an hour in 2016, increased to $10.68/hr. on January 1, 2017. How can small businesses manage the financial and organizational impact of this new law? The Women’s … Read More

  • InnovateHER 2017: Innovating For Women Business Challenge

    This event is open to Men and Women! Compete for cash prizes of up to $70,000! The Women’s Business Center at CEI is hosting InnovateHER 2017! Please complete our submission form below for consideration!  The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the 2017 InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge. This challenge seeks to unearth businesses whose products and … Read More

  • Women’s Business Owners Networking Event in Western Maine

    This Event is on First Friday and is open to new, existing and potential business owners. Women Business Owners come together and strengthen the business community in Western Maine by connecting , sharing expertise and learning from each other and experts about how to maintain or take your business to the next level through marketing, … Read More

  • Women’s Business Owners Networking Event in Central Maine

    This Event is on the Second Wednesday and is open to new, existing and potential business owners. Women Business Owners come together and strengthen the business community in Central Maine by connecting , sharing expertise and learning from each other and experts about how to maintain or take your business to the next level through … 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

  • Better Records, Better Business

    A Workshop With The Women’s Business Center at CEI and Brainstorm Academy This workshop is designed to address accounting related record-keeping guidelines for small business owners. Creating and maintaining thorough business records is essential. These records will help you analyze your business’s profitability, stay out of trouble with tax authorities, maintain positive relationships with clients … Read More

  • Women’s Business Owners Networking Event in Western Maine

    This Event is on First Friday and is open to new, existing and potential business owners. Women Business Owners come together and strengthen the business community in Western Maine by connecting , sharing expertise and learning from each other and experts about how to maintain or take your business to the next level through marketing, … Read More

  • Women’s Business Owners Networking Event in Central Maine

    This Event is on the Second Wednesday and is open to new, existing and potential business owners. Women Business Owners come together and strengthen the business community in Central Maine by connecting , sharing expertise and learning from each other and experts about how to maintain or take your business to the next level through … Read More

  • Women’s Business Owners Networking Event in Western Maine

    This Event is on First Friday and is open to new, existing and potential business owners. Women Business Owners come together and strengthen the business community in Western Maine by connecting , sharing expertise and learning from each other and experts about how to maintain or take your business to the next level through marketing, … Read More

  • Women’s Business Owners Networking Event in Central Maine

    This Event is on the Second Wednesday and is open to new, existing and potential business owners. Women Business Owners come together and strengthen the business community in Central Maine by connecting , sharing expertise and learning from each other and experts about how to maintain or take your business to the next level through … Read More