Women’s Business Center

Business Advising, 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 advising 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 advisor
  • 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 advisors, 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 Issues in Design and Website Development: Tips for Professionals and the Business Owners Who Hire Them

      This workshop with Opticliff Law, LLC will survey legal issues that should be understood by graphic designers, website developers and custom software developers as well as the small business owners who hire them. In an interactive presentation format, we’ll answer the questions below and more. Attendees will walk away with useful legal checklists to…

  • FocusME: Growth Stage Business Peer Group, Fall 2018 (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…

  • FocusME: Early Stage Business Peer Group, Fall 2018 (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…

  • Bringing Your Brand to Life

    How should you look, feel, speak, and interact in order to create your defined brand experience for customers?   Great, now you can tell people the kind of company you are and the brand you want to build. But how do you translate that into tangible customer experience - your products, spaces, collateral and communications?…