WBC Resources

Tools, tips and training resources!

The U.S. Small Business Administration

The Women’s Business Center at CEI is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA is an independent agency of the federal government that was built to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small businesses. As such, the SBA offers many programs and services, which include financial assistance for new or existing businesses through guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders, and free counseling, advice and information on starting, better operating or expanding a small business through SCORE, Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and Women’s Business Centers (WBC) Training.

The SBA website is rich with valuable resources for small businesses, including online courses and a robust calendar of events by location.

HR Audit and Personnel File Checklist

CEI provides these HR Audit and Personnel File Checklist documents for reference purposes only, and they are not intended as legal advice. Clients should always consult an employment attorney when looking to implement personnel policies and procedures.

CA$H Maine is a statewide collaboration of ten coalitions, comprised of 50 non- and for-profit partners, working together to help empower Maine individuals and families to achieve long-term financial stability through free tax preparation and debt reduction services.

Portland Public Library offers extensive information and tools for small business owners including templates, a workshops and events calendar, and a free download of the Guide to Resources for Maine Entrepreneurs. 

Bizstats.com offers free business financial ratios, benchmarks and data for 250 industries.

Restaurantowner.com provides practical, proven insights and resources for entrepreneurs who are starting or operating a restaurant business. Videos and tools encourage competency in three areas- business, systems, and culture. 

Maine Business Answers was designed to make it easier to start and conduct business in the State of Maine. The website includes a hotline phone number and database of information for Maine entrepreneurs.

Futurpreneur Canada is the Canada’s only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to new business owners. Futurpreneur offers a variety of helpful resources for startup business planning, including financial templates, webinars and entrepreneur crash-courses.

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