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Event Recordings

Check out our recordings of past workshops & panels to help your small business thrive!

BIPOC Entrepreneurship Series

A three-part virtual series focused on BIPOC entrepreneurship in Maine by Startup Maine and CEI Women’s Business Center. Each panel event explores the opportunities and barriers that exist for BIPOC entrepreneurs at the stages of ideation, launch and growth.

The Ideation Stage

In the Ideation panel, we explore the BIPOC entrepreneur experience of taking the seed of an idea to the first customer.


  • Veena Dinesh, Director of Business Incubation, UMaine
  • Mariella Uwimana, Immigrant Welcome Center Business Hub
  • Tiffany Lomax, Co-Founder, Memory Lane Cards
  • Obinna Okani, Community & Engagement Manager, The Roux Institute

The Launch Stage

In the Launch panel, we explore the BIPOC entrepreneur experience of establishing a customer base and market presence — and taking the first steps of being officially “in business.”


  • Quang Nguyen, Financial Advisor & Entrepreneur
  • Mike Mwenedata, Founder and CEO, Rwanda Bean
  • Niky Watler, Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Maiz
  • Lucie Narukundo, Owner of Moriah Market LLC
  • Julia Trujilio Luengo, Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, City of Portland

The Growth Stage

In the Growth Stage panel, we explore the BIPOC entrepreneur experience of shifting from a workable business entity to a platform for growth.


  • Kerem Durdag, President and Chief Operating Officer of GWI
  • Cara Stadler, Chef Eighty-Ate Hospitality
  • Matthew Lewis, MaineStream Finance, Passamaquoddy tribal member

Small Business Webinars

Going Global: How to Expand Your Business Internationally

Have you ever wondered if your products/services would sell in Iceland or Canada?

What does it look like to do business internationally? How do you know if your business is ready to export?


  • Jodi Breau of Dental Lace, Inc.
  • Billie Cary, Trade Information Specialist with the Maine International Trade Center.

Employee Retention Tax Credit

If you are a small business with W2 employees and you haven’t yet applied for the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) you may be leaving money on the table.  

This refundable tax credit is worth up to $10,000 per employee per quarter, and you can receive ERTC and PPP (the law that prohibited you receiving them both has changed).

Featuring: Kevin Haley and Jamie Szal from Brann & Isaacson

Grants for Small Business

Are you seeking funding to invest in your new or growing business?

Grant funding can be a helpful resource, but finding a grant that is a good fit for your business is difficult. In this workshop, we will discuss the grant process, advise on when grants make sense for your businesses, offer tips for writing a compelling application, and provide an overview of grant opportunities for Maine-based small businesses. This workshop is offered in conjunction with the CEI Women’s Business Center’s Small Business Grant Resource Guide.

Featuring: Elaine Theriault-Currier, grant-writing consultant

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