Business Development Services, Workforce Solutions, Housing Counseling, and Food Systems Expertise

CEI offers a wide range of advisory services to emerging and existing business owners and current and prospective homeowners.


We provide confidential, no-cost business advising to Maine’s entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Our business advisors help businesses at all stages to provide individualized business development assistance. Meet with a business advisor who can provide assistance to both new and existing businesses on a wide range of topics including:

  • Business planning
  • Business startups
  • Credit & Financing
  • Financial analysis
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Operations & Management
  • MUCH more!

Maine Small Business Development Centers at CEI provide general business advising and are located throughout the state.

The Women’s Business Center at CEI serves southern, central, and Downeast Maine, with a particular focus on women-owned businesses.

StartSmart offers specific business advising services for immigrants and refugees.

Workforce Solutions connects employers and employees to training programs and strategies that help to improve jobs quality.

We also offer specialized business advising for food, farm, fishery, and aquaculture businesses.


CEI’s certified housing counselors provide one-on-one meetings, workshops, and resources to current and prospective homeowners, with a particular focus on foreclosure mitigation and first-time homebuyer education.