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 - Southern Maine: Five Money Questions For Women

    Five Money Questions for Women is a 45-minute educational program that shares perspective on a process women can use to identify financial goals and set a strategy. Women and men have differing considerations when it comes to long-term financial goals. For instance, because of a woman’s average longer life span, your needs may be significantly different from those of your … 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