WBC

Individualized Business Advising

The CEI Women’s Business Center offers free, confidential business advising on topics such as:

  • Business plan development
  • Accessing capital: how and when to access the right amount of financing for your business
  • Business skills such as marketing and financial management
  • Growth and expansion
  • Buying or selling a business

Our experienced, knowledgeable business advisors can help you at any stage of your business, from start-up to expansion to exit. We will support you in building business skills through access to timely, accurate, tailored information and resources.

Meet the Advisors

Women's Business CenterFarmington207-241-5593lorri.brown@ceimaine.org

Lorri Brown

Program Director CEI Women’s Business Center Southwest, Business Advisor

Women's Business CenterFarmington207-241-5593lorri.brown@ceimaine.org

Lorri Brown is a business advisor and program director with CEI Women’s Business Center in Farmington, providing one-on-one counseling and support to women-owned start-ups and existing businesses throughout central and western Maine. She comes to CEI with an extensive knowledge rural community development and passion for helping entrepreneurs leverage digital media to grow their business. She holds a B.A. in history from the University of Maine at Farmington and a M.A. in communications from Southern New Hampshire University.

WBC2 Portland Fish Pier
Suite 201
Portland, ME 04101
207-504-5899grace.mo-phillips@ceimaine.org

Grace Mo-Phillips

Program Director CEI Women’s Business Center South, Business Advisor

WBC2 Portland Fish Pier
Suite 201
Portland, ME 04101
207-504-5899grace.mo-phillips@ceimaine.org

As Program Director at the CEI Women’s Business Center in Southern Maine, Grace helps entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs start and grow their business, with a special mission to support the ethnically and socially underserved groups.  Grace previously worked in the consumer goods industry, where she was a product developer and marketer of trend-right products that were sold in major national retail stores, such as Walmart, Macy’s, and Pottery Barn. She has worked in a variety of business settings, from small companies to large public corporations.  With a strong background in international trade, Grace started her exporting company in 2014 -- Belle Cove, LLC, which focuses on selling frozen seafood from the Americas to Asia and Europe.  Grace holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and International Business from Minnesota State University.  Grace has earned the Certified Global Business Professional designation in Maine from North American Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE). 

The Women's Business Center at CEI7 Ames Way
Machias, ME 04654
207-241-5592ruth.feldman@ceimaine.org

Ruth Feldman

Program Director CEI Women’s Business Center Northeast, Business Advisor

The Women's Business Center at CEI7 Ames Way
Machias, ME 04654
207-241-5592ruth.feldman@ceimaine.org

As the Program Director, Certified Business Advisor of the Women's Business Center at CEI in rural Maine, Ruth provides technical assistance to new and existing small businesses, with a focus on women-owned businesses. Ruth’s background includes many years in the restaurant business which she then translated into her vast experience in the non-profit sector. She has been an independent consultant and executive director for organizations focused on the environment, community development, education and the arts. Ruth has been a Fulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic, Peace Corps Volunteer in Small Business in the former Soviet Union and holds a B.A. from Hampshire College, Diplome Culinare from New England Culinary Institute and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Women's Business Center2 Portland Fish Pier
Suite 201
Portland, ME 04101
207-535-2914sarah.guerette@ceimaine.org

Sarah Guerette

Director CEI Women’s Business Centers, Business Advisor

Women's Business Center2 Portland Fish Pier
Suite 201
Portland, ME 04101
207-535-2914sarah.guerette@ceimaine.org

As the Director of the CEI Women’s Business Centers, Sarah oversees the strategic direction of the centers, as well as maintaining stakeholder relationships. Additionally, Sarah provides one on one business advising, with a focus on access to capital.  Originally from Bangor, Maine, Sarah has worked with small business owners both in Boston and in Ecuador, where she lived for five+ years. Sarah holds a B.S. from the University of Maine and an M.B.A. from Boston University.

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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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