Free business support sessions with expert consultants
To help you get your business in tip-top shape, we are offering you the opportunity to connect for 1:1 sessions with experts in the areas of e-commerce, bookkeeping, social media, website development, and shipping.
This additional support is available for a limited time, so while you can always reach out to us for advising and resources, don’t delay if you’d like to work with any of our consultants, listed below. Just like our regular WBC advising, “Ask an Expert” sessions are free and confidential.
If it’s been a while (more than three years) since you’ve worked directly with a WBC Advisor, please fill out our request for advising form when you schedule an “Ask an Expert” session, so that we can keep our records current and our funders happy.
E-Commerce “Ask an Expert” Session
For clients looking for help with establishing or growing online sales through their website.
Rebecca Perea-Kane is a designer, entrepreneur, and small business consultant based in New England. She runs a jewelry line called Thicket, crafting minimal, botanical jewelry from recycled metals, and has worked in design for over a decade. She is committed to empowering entrepreneurs and product based businesses – providing guidance through the range of business challenges, from strategy and marketing to financials and web design. She is passionate about helping build a world where small businesses can thrive.
Social Media “Ask an Expert” Session
For clients looking to establish or grow their social media presence, including help with choosing the right social media platform for their business.
Katie Kelley holds a Master’s degree in Communication with a concentration in New Media Marketing. She is passionate about connecting with new people over social media and bringing their online marketing goals to fruition. Katie has worked with small businesses throughout Central Maine to create strategic social media campaigns to grow their brand and digital presence. An avid photographer, Katie enjoys capturing the beauty of New England to share Instagram.
Shipping “Ask an Expert” Session
For clients who need help streamlining their shipping process and choosing the right shipping platforms for their business.
Cathy Roberts is an entrepreneur, and co-owner of Pieceworks, Inc., a Maine based business providing custom product fulfilment, including manufacturing, assembly, packaging, and shipping for a diverse clientele since 1996.
Bookkeeping “Ask an Expert” Session
For clients looking for some general assistance with their bookkeeping practices or who have specific questions about financial records and tax prep.
Kitty Barbee is the founder and owner of Barbee Business Services. Established in 2018, her firm works with small and medium sized business throughout the state of Maine. She is a graduate of the University of Maine, and is credentialed in QB Desktop, is a QB Online ProAdvisor, a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers as well as a registered tax preparer with the IRS.
Contact your business advisor to book a session with Kitty.
Technology “Ask an Expert” Session
For clients looking for some general assistance with software, computer technology, or online tools.
Hannah Cyrus is the Digital Media Librarian at the Bangor Public Library. She regularly offers workshops and one-on-one help sessions on a variety of subjects related to technology, assisting everyone from first-time computer users to folks looking to brush up on skills with a range of software programs and online tools. Hannah loves working with people to find answers to questions, help them to solve their technology problems, and empower them to be confident technology users.
To set up a 1:1 tech consultation with Hannah, please use this link:
Note: Please indicate in the form that you were referred by the CEI Women’s Business Center.
Web Design & Marketing “Ask an Expert” Session
For clients looking for assistance with their website
Mercedes Arnold is a Photographer, Website Designer, and Visual Marketing Consultant. She holds a degree in Communication from University of New Hampshire and enjoys fostering connections through creativity. She has worked with clients throughout New England and enjoys spending time outdoors.
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.