Women’s Business Center

Business Counseling, 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 counseling 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 counselor
  • 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 counselors, 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

  • Home Buyers Education October South Portland

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a two-day course, on Saturdays, October  14 and 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Maine Real Estate Connection 75 John Roberts Road, South Portland. Thinking about buying a home? Attend … Read More

  • Better Records, Better Business

    A Workshop With The Women’s Business Center at CEI and Brainstorm Academy This workshop is designed to address accounting related record-keeping guidelines for small business owners. Creating and maintaining thorough business records is essential. These records will help you analyze your business’s profitability, stay out of trouble with tax authorities, maintain positive relationships with clients … Read More

  • Sacred Cod- film screening- Brunswick

    Join us for a free screening of the new documentary Sacred Cod! The film focuses on the collapse of the historic cod population throughout New England, delving into the role of overfishing, impact of climate change, the effect of government policies placed on fishermen, and the prospect of a region built upon cod having no … Read More

  • Sacred Cod- film screening- Portland

    Join us for a free screening of the new documentary Sacred Cod! The film focuses on the collapse of the historic cod population throughout New England, delving into the role of overfishing, impact of climate change, the effect of government policies placed on fishermen, and the prospect of a region built upon cod having no … Read More

  • Home Buyers Education September Gardiner

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a 4 session course, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, September 12, 14, 19, 21 at Gardiner High School West Hill Road Gardiner. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s Home Buyer Education class … Read More

  • Home Buyers Education August South Portland

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a two-day course, on Saturdays, August 19 and 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Maine Real Estate Connection 75 John Roberts Road, South Portland. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s … Read More

  • Better Records, Better Business

    A Workshop With The Women’s Business Center at CEI and Brainstorm Academy This workshop is designed to address accounting related record-keeping guidelines for small business owners. Creating and maintaining thorough business records is essential. These records will help you analyze your business’s profitability, stay out of trouble with tax authorities, maintain positive relationships with clients … Read More

  • Contract Law Basics For Small Business: A Workshop With Opticliff Law

    This workshop addresses common questions and issues business owners have about contracts. You will discuss questions such as: When and why should I use contracts? What happens if I don’t use a contract? How can a company with a small legal budget prepare contracts in a cost-effective way? What should freelancers (and the companies that … Read More

  • Legal Considerations When Starting A Business: A Workshop With Opticliff Law

    This workshop and Q&A session will address common issues entrepreneurs face when starting a business. You will discuss questions such as: When is it time to incorporate, rather than do business under my own name? Should I form an LLC, partnership, sole proprietorship, or a corporation? If I do business in multiple states (or hope to … Read More

  • Contract Law Basics For Small Business: A Workshop With Opticliff Law

    This workshop addresses common questions and issues business owners have about contracts. You will discuss questions such as: When and why should I use contracts? What happens if I don’t use a contract? How can a company with a small legal budget prepare contracts in a cost-effective way? What should freelancers (and the companies that … Read More

  • Gender Equity in our Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

    An Affiliate Event of Maine Startup & Create Week Did you know… Women are now the majority owners of 38% of US businesses. Yet these firms employ only 8% of the nation’s private sector workforce, generate 4% of the nation’s business revenues, and access 2.4% of VC funding. Venture capitalists invested $58.2 billion in companies … Read More

  • Fuel for Growth: The Right Capital at the Right Time

    A Case Study With Gelato Fiasco, From Bootstrapping to Venture Capital  Please join us on June 22 for a fireside chat with Josh Davis, CEO of Gelato Fiasco, as we look at the continuum of funding that has supported the company’s growth. We’ll talk about the capital resources available to entrepreneurs, hear from Josh about … Read More

  • Home Buyers Education July South Portland

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a two-day course, on Saturdays, July 22, and 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Maine Real Estate Connection 75 John Roberts Road, South Portland. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s … Read More

  • Home Buyers Education August Brunswick

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a 4 session course, on Monday and Wednesday evenings, August 7, 9, 14, 16 at CEI at 30 Federal Street in Brunswick. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s Home Buyer Education class … Read More

  • Home Buyers Education July Brunswick

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a 4 session course, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, July 11, 13, 18, 20 at CEI at 30 Federal Street in Brunswick. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s Home Buyer Education class to … Read More

  • Managing Your Business with QuickBooks Reports

    FREE Workshop!   The reporting features of Quickbooks can help you as a business owner gain essential insight in learning to analyze how your business is doing so you can improve your business results.   This SCORE workshop will help you drill down into your business details and show ways to improve profitability.   Presenter: … Read More

  • Home Buyers Education June South Portland

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a 4 session course, on Monday and Wednesday evenings, June 19, 21, 26, 28. at Maine Real Estate Connection 75 John Roberts Road, South Portland. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s … Read More

  • Home Buyer Education June Brunswick

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Home Buyer Education class, a four-part course, on Mondays and Wednesdays, June 5, 7, 12, 14 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. at CEI, Brunswick, Maine. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s Home Buyer Education … Read More

  • The Basics of Intellectual Property for Small Businesses: A Workshop With Opticliff Law

    A Workshop With Opticliff Law This workshop will address the various types of intellectual property you may own, how to protect it, and how IP can add value to your small business. During this workshop you will discuss questions such as: What is the difference between a patent, copyright and trademark? Naming your company & … Read More

  • Better Records, Better Business

    A Workshop With The Women’s Business Center at CEI and Brainstorm Academy This workshop is designed to address accounting related record-keeping guidelines for small business owners. Creating and maintaining thorough business records is essential. These records will help you analyze your business’s profitability, stay out of trouble with tax authorities, maintain positive relationships with clients … Read More

  • From Panic to Peace: Making a Budget That Works For Your Life

      In this workshop, you’ll learn how to make a budget that finally works – even if your income is unpredictable, you’re in debt, your situation is in flux, or all of the above – by using a zero-based budget. We’ll also discuss how to figure out how much to pay yourself and how to … Read More

  • Entrepreneurs Connect

    Get inspired to think big, be bold and take risks. Challenge yourself to grow your business and take it to the next level.   Keynote Erica Emery & Dave Allen, Rustic Roots Farm Entrepreneur Panel Andrea Bowen, Maine Mud Josh Michaud, Expenet Bruce Albiston, Adaptive Outdoor Education Opportunities for growth: Using Financial Statements to Improve … Read More

  • Home Buyers Education May South Portland

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a two-day course, on Saturdays, May 20 & 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Maine Real Estate Connection 75 John Roberts Road, South Portland. Thinking about buying a home? Attend … Read More

  • Increase Your Social Media IQ session II

    NOTE: YOU MUST HAVE ATTENDED SESSION I IN ORDER TO ATTEND SESSION II. What’s your Social Media IQ? Do you know what Social Media can do for your business?  In this workshop we’ll identify Social Media platforms that work well for tourism businesses and get you up and running so you can: Provide rich customer … Read More

  • Increase Your Social Media IQ session I

    What’s your Social Media IQ? Do you know what Social Media can do for your business?  In this workshop we’ll identify Social Media platforms that work well for tourism businesses and get you up and running so you can: Provide rich customer experiences Increase website traffic and search ranking Share content faster and easier Build … Read More

  • How to Run Your Business on a Mobile Device

    For more information, call Axiom Education & Training Center: 207-255-4917, email: classes@connectwithaxiom.com

  • Better Records, Better Business

    A Workshop With The Women’s Business Center at CEI and Brainstorm Academy This workshop is designed to address accounting related record-keeping guidelines for small business owners. Creating and maintaining thorough business records is essential. These records will help you analyze your business’s profitability, stay out of trouble with tax authorities, maintain positive relationships with clients … Read More

  • InnovateHER 2017: Innovating For Women Business Challenge

    This event is open to Men and Women! Compete for cash prizes of up to $70,000! The Women’s Business Center at CEI is hosting InnovateHER 2017! Please complete our submission form below for consideration!  The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the 2017 InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge. This challenge seeks to unearth businesses whose products and … Read More

  • Owning and Managing Rental Properties September 2017

    This 2.5 hour seminar on September 13, 2017 from 6:00pm – 8:30pm has been approved by Maine Housing. The course will cover tenant issues including: applications, screening and reference checks, fair housing, leases vs. tenancies at will, security deposits, eviction procedures; and building issues including: property maintenance and repairs, lead and carbon monoxide rules, budgeting, bookkeeping and … Read More

  • Home Buyers Education April Westbrook

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a two-day course, on Saturdays, April 22 and 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Presumpscot Commons in Westbrook, Maine. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s Home Buyer Education class … Read More

  • Managing The Impact of Maine’s Minimum Wage Law on The Increased Cost of Labor: A Workshop For Small Businesses

    After a statewide referendum, Maine’s minimum wage increased from $7.50 an hour to $9.00 an hour as of Saturday, January 7, 2017. Portland’s minimum wage, previously at $10.10 an hour in 2016, increased to $10.68/hr. on January 1, 2017. How can small businesses manage the financial and organizational impact of this new law? The Women’s … Read More

  • Business After Hours: Spotlight on Exceptional Women

    Join us for the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s February Business After Hours sponsored by the Women’s Business Center at CEI: Rural Maine Meet & hear from exceptional women who own and operate small businesses here in Franklin County and see displays by the women-owned small businesses. Bring a business card and a friend!

  • Home Buyer’s Education (HOE-7634) ~ Westbrook, March

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a two-day course, on Saturdays, March 18 & 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Presumpscot Commons in Westbrook, Maine. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s Home Buyer Education class … Read More

  • Women’s Business Owners Networking Event in Western Maine

    This Event is on First Friday and is open to new, existing and potential business owners. Women Business Owners come together and strengthen the business community in Western Maine by connecting , sharing expertise and learning from each other and experts about how to maintain or take your business to the next level through marketing, … Read More

  • Women’s Business Owners Networking Event in Western Maine

    This Event is on First Friday and is open to new, existing and potential business owners. Women Business Owners come together and strengthen the business community in Western Maine by connecting , sharing expertise and learning from each other and experts about how to maintain or take your business to the next level through marketing, … Read More

  • Women’s Business Owners Networking Event in Western Maine

    This Event is on First Friday and is open to new, existing and potential business owners. Women Business Owners come together and strengthen the business community in Western Maine by connecting , sharing expertise and learning from each other and experts about how to maintain or take your business to the next level through marketing, … Read More

  • Women’s Business Owners Networking Event in Western Maine

    This Event is on First Friday and is open to new, existing and potential business owners. Women Business Owners come together and strengthen the business community in Western Maine by connecting , sharing expertise and learning from each other and experts about how to maintain or take your business to the next level through marketing, … Read More

  • Women’s Business Owners Networking Event in Western Maine

    This Event is on First Friday and is open to new, existing and potential business owners. Women Business Owners come together and strengthen the business community in Western Maine by connecting , sharing expertise and learning from each other and experts about how to maintain or take your business to the next level through marketing, … Read More

  • Better Records, Better Business

    A Workshop With The Women’s Business Center at CEI and Brainstorm Academy This workshop is designed to address accounting related record-keeping guidelines for small business owners. Creating and maintaining thorough business records is essential. These records will help you analyze your business’s profitability, stay out of trouble with tax authorities, maintain positive relationships with clients … Read More

  • The Basics of Intellectual Property for Small Businesses: A Workshop With Opticliff Law

    A Workshop With Opticliff Law This workshop will be held Wednesday, March 1st. This workshop will address the various types of intellectual property you may own, how to protect it, and how IP can add value to your small business. During this workshop you will discuss questions such as: What is the difference between a patent, … Read More

  • Legal Considerations When Starting A Business: A Workshop With Opticliff Law

    This workshop and Q&A session will address common issues entrepreneurs face when starting a business. You will discuss questions such as: When is it time to incorporate, rather than do business under my own name? Should I form an LLC, partnership, sole proprietorship, or a corporation? If I do business in multiple states (or hope to … Read More

  • Better Records, Better Business

    A Workshop With The Women’s Business Center at CEI and Brainstorm Academy This workshop is designed to address accounting related record-keeping guidelines for small business owners. Creating and maintaining thorough business records is essential. These records will help you analyze your business’s profitability, stay out of trouble with tax authorities, maintain positive relationships with clients … Read More

  • Contract Law Basics For Small Business: A Workshop With Opticliff Law

    This workshop addresses common questions and issues business owners have about contracts. You will discuss questions such as: When and why should I use contracts? What happens if I don’t use a contract? How can a company with a small legal budget prepare contracts in a cost-effective way? What should freelancers (and the companies that … Read More

  • Women’s Business Owners Networking Event in Central Maine

    This Event is on the Second Wednesday and is open to new, existing and potential business owners. Women Business Owners come together and strengthen the business community in Central Maine by connecting , sharing expertise and learning from each other and experts about how to maintain or take your business to the next level through … Read More

  • Women’s Business Owners Networking Event in Central Maine

    This Event is on the Second Wednesday and is open to new, existing and potential business owners. Women Business Owners come together and strengthen the business community in Central Maine by connecting , sharing expertise and learning from each other and experts about how to maintain or take your business to the next level through … Read More

  • Women’s Business Owners Networking Event in Central Maine

    This Event is on the Second Wednesday and is open to new, existing and potential business owners. Women Business Owners come together and strengthen the business community in Central Maine by connecting , sharing expertise and learning from each other and experts about how to maintain or take your business to the next level through … Read More

  • Women’s Business Owners Networking Event in Central Maine

    This Event is on the Second Wednesday and is open to new, existing and potential business owners. Women Business Owners come together and strengthen the business community in Central Maine by connecting , sharing expertise and learning from each other and experts about how to maintain or take your business to the next level through … Read More

  • Women’s Business Owners Networking Event in Central Maine

    This Event is on the Second Wednesday and is open to new, existing and potential business owners. Women Business Owners come together and strengthen the business community in Central Maine by connecting , sharing expertise and learning from each other and experts about how to maintain or take your business to the next level through … Read More

  • Women’s Business Owners Networking Event in Central Maine

    This Event is on the Second Wednesday and is open to new, existing and potential business owners. Women Business Owners come together and strengthen the business community in Central Maine by connecting , sharing expertise and learning from each other and experts about how to maintain or take your business to the next level through … Read More

  • FocusME: Growth Stage Business Peer Group, Spring 2017 (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 … Read More

  • FocusME: Early Stage Business Peer Group, Spring 2017 (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 … Read More

  • Tax Preparation For S-Corporations, Multi-Member LLCs, and Partnerships

    In this workshop we will address some of the common tax preparation questions that arise for S-Corporations, Multi-Member LLCs, and Partnerships. Attendees can expect the following topics to be covered: Review of how flow-through entities are taxed and what filings are required Review of how self-employment and income taxes are calculated for Multi-Member LLCs and Partnerships … Read More

  • Tax Preparation For Single-Member LLCs and Sole Proprietors

    In this workshop we will address some of the common tax preparation questions that arise for single-member LLCs and sole proprietors. Attendees can expect the following topics to be covered: Review of how self-employment and income taxes are calculated for disregarded entities Tax deductible expenses Easy and practical methods of record keeping Important tax deadlines Common tax … Read More

  • Home Buyer’s Education (HOE-7634) ~ Brunswick, February

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a two-day course, on Saturday, February 11 & 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at CEI in Brunswick, Maine. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s Home Buyer Education class to … Read More

  • Protecting My Business: Customers, Contracts and Advertising Law

    A Workshop With Opticliff Law This workshop will address key legal issues that small businesses should be aware of when dealing with contracts, customers and advertising. During this workshop you will discuss questions such as: What are the key legal issues to consider in dealing with clients? How do I put together a contract to … Read More

  • Building a Website With WordPress ll

    WordPress makes sharing content and attracting readers to your site a breeze. With a single click, you have a powerful megaphone to broadcast your message to the world. This workshop is a follow-up to Building a Website Using WordPress I. Click Here to Register

  • Business Facebook Basics

    In this workshop you will learn tips for making your Facebook page attractive, techniques used to generate sales, business to business networking, and best practices when interacting with fans. Click Here to Register

  • Building a Website With WordPress I

    WordPress makes sharing content and attracting readers to your site a breeze. With a single click, you have a powerful megaphone to broadcast your message to the world. WordPress publishing software is easy to use. It has a simple interface similar to desktop publishing software you may already use. You don’t need coding experience or … Read More

  • Which QuickBooks is Right for Your Business?

    All small businesses need to account for their financial activity. And most small businesses have heard of QuickBooks, the highly popular, market share leader for small business accounting and reporting. But did you know that there are actually several different versions of this invaluable software? Which one is right for you? In this 90 minute … Read More

  • Getting Ready to File: A Tax Preparation Workshop

    Tax filing season is right around the corner for most small businesses. The process of getting ready can be confusing, frustrating and expensive. It does not have to be!   In this 90 minute workshop, Lynn Stover, Senior Accountant from PFBF CPA’s (http://www.pfbf.com/index.html) will share numerous, straightforward and valuable tips for organizing your company’s books … Read More

  • Owning and Managing Residential Properties (7634) Lewiston, January

    This 2.5 hour seminar on January 11th from 6:00pm – 8:30pm has been approved by MaineHousing and meets Fannie Mae’s Guidelines. The course will cover tenant issues including: applications, screening and reference checks, fair housing, leases vs. tenancies at will, security deposits, eviction procedures; and building issues including: property maintenance and repairs, lead and carbon … Read More

  • Home Buyer’s Education Webinar(HOE-7634) ~ Statewide, January ~ CANCELLED

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education webinar, a four-part course, on Tuesday and Thursday, January 10, 12, 17, & 19 from 6:00 – 8:30pm. Thinking about buying a home? Participate in CEI’s Home Buyer Education webinar to get more … Read More

  • Legal Considerations When Starting A Business: A Workshop With Opticliff Law

    This workshop is designed to address key legal issues to consider for small business owners. You will discuss questions such as When is it time to incorporate rather than do business under my own name? Should I be an LLC, partnership, sole proprietorship, or a corporation? If I do business in multiple states (or hope … Read More

  • From Panic to Peace: Making a Budget That Works For Your Life

      In this workshop, you’ll learn how to make a budget that finally works – even if your income is unpredictable, you’re in debt, your situation is in flux, or all of the above – by using a zero-based budget. We’ll also discuss how to figure out how much to pay yourself and how to … Read More

  • Home Buyer’s Education (HOE-7634) ~ Scarborough, December

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a two-day course, on Saturday and Sunday, December 3 & 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Scarborough Public Library in Scarborough, Maine. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s Home … Read More

  • Entrepreneurs Connect

      Get inspired to think big, be bold and take risks.  Challenge yourself to grow your business and take it to the next level.  Join us and find yourself motivated by hearing about Three Entrepreneurial Journeys. Learn about Opportunities for Growth: Expanding Your Markets. Check out our Facebook page for more info. Register by October 6th.

  • FocusME: Growth Stage Business Peer Group (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 fall 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 … Read More

  • Home Buyer’s Education (HOE-7634) ~ Brunswick, November

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a four-part course, on Tuesday and Thursday, November 8, 10, 15, & 17 from 6:00 – 8:30pm. at CEI, Brunswick, Maine. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s Home Buyer Education class … Read More

  • FocusME: Early Stage Business Peer Group (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 fall 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 … Read More

  • Home Buyer’s Education (HOE-7634) ~ Westbrook, October

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a two-day course, on Saturdays, October 8 & 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Presumpscot Commons in Westbrook, Maine. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s Home Buyer Education class … Read More

  • Owning and Managing Residential Properties (7634) Brunswick, September

    This 2.5 hour seminar on September 14th from 6:00pm – 8:30pm has been approved by MaineHousing and meets Fannie Mae’s Guidelines. The course will cover tenant issues including: applications, screening and reference checks, fair housing, leases vs. tenancies at will, security deposits, eviction procedures; and building issues including: property maintenance and repairs, lead and carbon … Read More

  • Home Buyer’s Education (HOE-7634) ~ Gardiner, September

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a four-part course, on Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 13, 15, 20 & 22, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Gardiner High School, Gardiner, Maine. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s Home … Read More

  • Home Buyer’s Education (HOE-7634) ~ Westbrook, August (Location Change to Brunswick)

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a two-day course, on Saturdays, August 20 & 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at CEI, Brunswick, Maine. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s Home Buyer Education class to get … Read More

  • Home Buyer’s Education (HOE-7634) ~ Brunswick, August

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a four-part course, on Monday and Wednesday, August 8, 10, 15, & 17 from 6:00 – 8:30pm. at CEI, Brunswick, Maine. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s Home Buyer Education class … Read More

  • Panel Event: Access to Capital

    A Maine Startup and Create Week Affiliate Event How Can We Get More Women Entrepreneurs Financed? Please join us for an exciting panel event on Thursday, June 23rd! A panel of distinguished speakers will discuss questions and themes surrounding access to capital, with a focus of discussion on how to get more female entrepreneurs the financing … Read More

  • Lunch and Learn Financial Workshop With Edward Jones

    Please join us for a 45-minute educational program that shares perspective on a process you can use to identify financial goals and set a strategy. Does your financial strategy fit your lifestyle and needs? Join us for lunch and learn with Alex Mills, a Financial Advisor from Edward Jones. We will discuss all of the most pressing questions about retiring and what … Read More

  • Home Buyer’s Education (HOE-7634) ~ Westbrook, July

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a two-day course, on Saturdays, July 23 & 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Presumpscot Commons in Westbrook, Maine. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s Home Buyer Education class … Read More

  • Home Buyer’s Education (HOE-7634) ~ Brunswick, July

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a four-part course, on Monday and Wednesday, July 11, 13, 18, & 20 from 6:00 – 8:30pm. at CEI, Brunswick, Maine. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s Home Buyer Education class … Read More

  • Saving For The Future: Fundamentals of Investing

    Making the most of your business is easy when you have the right tools and a solid strategy at your disposal. This workshop will give you ideas on how to put banking, retirement and insurance tools to work so you can help build and protect your business according to your short- and long-term goals and … Read More

  • Home Buyer’s Education (HOE-7634) ~ Brunswick, June ~ CANCELLED

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a four-part course, on Monday and Wednesday, June 20, 22, 27, & 29 from 6:00 – 8:30pm. at CEI, Brunswick, Maine. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s Home Buyer Education class … Read More

  • Entrepreneurs Connect

      Get inspired to think big, be bold and take risks.  Challenge yourself to grow your business and take it to the next level.  Join us and find yourself motivated by hearing about Three Entrepreneurial Journeys. Learn about Opportunities for Growth in Marketing, Advertising and Trademarking with experts from the field. Check out our Facebook … Read More

  • Home Buyer’s Education (HOE-7634) ~ Westbrook, June

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a four-part course, on Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 7, 9, 14 & 16, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Presumpscot Commons in Westbrook, Maine. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s Home … Read More

  • Get Your Business Online

    “Businesses with complete listings are 2x as likely to be considered reputable.” Join us for this can’t-miss workshop to learn how to optimize your business listings online and ensure that the right information comes up in Search, Maps and Google+. You will learn key tips for improving your presence online including managing reviews and how … Read More

  • Telling Impactful Stories Workshop

    Telling Impactful Stories Workshop for Women – Sponsored by The Women’s Business Center at CEI Stories conjure our humanness, foster connection, and compel us. At the very essence of all our work, there are stories. From messaging about our business to requesting support, promoting a product, motivating a team, or telling who we are now and … Read More

  • Home Buyer’s Education (HOE-7634) ~ Westbrook, May

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a two-day course, on Saturdays, May 21 & 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Presumpscot Commons in Westbrook, Maine. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s Home Buyer Education class … Read More

  • DOWNEAST: The Basics of Becoming an Employer

    This workshop is part of the Pumping Up Your Profits: Workshops to Grow Your Business series. This series is co-sponsored by Sunrise County Economic Council and the Maine Woods Tourism Training Initiative with funding support from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development; an equal opportunity partner, funder and employer. Each workshop in this series: *9:00 to noon (except for Getting More Cash Back…) … Read More

  • DOWNEAST: Walking the Line: Are They Your Employee or an Independent Contractor?

    This workshop is part of the Pumping Up Your Profits: Workshops to Grow Your Business series. This series is co-sponsored by Sunrise County Economic Council and the Maine Woods Tourism Training Initiative with funding support from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development; an equal opportunity partner, funder and employer. Each workshop in this series: *9:00 to noon (except for Getting More Cash Back…) … Read More

  • DOWNEAST: Becoming Bankable: How to Get the Capital You Need

    This workshop is part of the Pumping Up Your Profits: Workshops to Grow Your Business series. This series is co-sponsored by Sunrise County Economic Council and the Maine Woods Tourism Training Initiative with funding support from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development; an equal opportunity partner, funder and employer. Each workshop in this series: *9:00 to noon (except for Getting More Cash Back…) … Read More

  • DOWNEAST: Pricing Your Product or Service

    This workshop is part of the Pumping Up Your Profits: Workshops to Grow Your Business series. This series is co-sponsored by Sunrise County Economic Council and the Maine Woods Tourism Training Initiative with funding support from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development; an equal opportunity partner, funder and employer. Each workshop in this series: *9:00 to noon (except for Getting More Cash Back…) … Read More

  • DOWNEAST: Getting More Cash Back in Your Business

    This workshop is part of the Pumping Up Your Profits: Workshops to Grow Your Business series. This series is co-sponsored by Sunrise County Economic Council and the Maine Woods Tourism Training Initiative with funding support from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development; an equal opportunity partner, funder and employer. Each workshop in this series: *9:00 to noon (except for Getting More Cash Back…) … Read More

  • DOWNEAST: Basic Recordkeeping for Small Business

    This workshop is part of the Pumping Up Your Profits: Workshops to Grow Your Business series. This series is co-sponsored by Sunrise County Economic Council and the Maine Woods Tourism Training Initiative with funding support from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development; an equal opportunity partner, funder and employer. Each workshop in this series: *9:00 to noon (except for Getting More Cash Back…) … Read More

  • DOWNEAST: Starting Your Own Business – Is Entrepreneurship for You?

    This workshop is part of the Pumping Up Your Profits: Workshops to Grow Your Business series. This series is co-sponsored by Sunrise County Economic Council and the Maine Woods Tourism Training Initiative with funding support from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development; an equal opportunity partner, funder and employer. Each workshop in this series: *9:00 to noon (except for Getting More Cash Back…) … Read More

  • Home Buyer’s Education (HOE-7634) ~ Gardiner, May

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a four-part course, on Mondays & Wednesdays, May 2, 4, 9 & 11, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Gardiner High School, Gardiner, Maine. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s Home … Read More

  • Business Loan Workshop

    This workshop will help you identify if and when you should consider a small business loan. We’ll talk about what it means to be a qualified loan candidate, cover the five C’s of credit and outline the steps you can take to prepare and secure a loan. We will also talk about how to determine what kind … Read More

  • Credit Building Workshop

    Join us for an educational workshop to learn how personal credit can impact your business, which factors carry the most weight on your credit report and what steps you can take to start rebuilding your credit. This workshop will be taught by Jill Lorom, a Certified Financial Counselor at CEI. Where: Portland Public Library, Meeting … Read More

  • FocusME: Game Changing Support for Women Entrepreneurs (8:30am start)

    The Women’s Business Center at CEI and the Portland SCORE Chapter are collaborating to host FocusME, a series peer groups for female entrepreneurs.   Is FocusME right for you? We are looking for women entrepreneurs who are committed to business and personal growth to join this group. In order to participate, you must have business revenue, and an active … Read More

  • FocusME: Game Changing Support for Women Entrepreneurs (11:00am start)

    The Women’s Business Center at CEI and the Portland SCORE Chapter are collaborating to host FocusME, a series peer groups for female entrepreneurs.   Is FocusME right for you? We are looking for women entrepreneurs who are committed to business and personal growth to join this group. In order to participate, you must have business revenue, and an … Read More

  • Owning and Managing Residential Properties (7634) Brunswick, April

    This 2.5 hour seminar on April 27th from 6:00pm – 8:30pm has been approved by MaineHousing and meets Fannie Mae’s Guidelines. The course will cover tenant issues including: applications, screening and reference checks, fair housing, leases vs. tenancies at will, security deposits, eviction procedures; and building issues including: property maintenance and repairs, lead and carbon … Read More

  • Home Buyer’s Education (HOE-7634) ~ Westbrook, April

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a two-day course, on Saturdays, April 23 & 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Presumpscot Commons in Westbrook, Maine. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s Home Buyer Education class … Read More

  • Home Buyer’s Education (HOE-7634) ~ Brunswick, April

    Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development organization, with the support of Maine State Housing Authority, will offer the Homebuyer Education class, a four-part course, on Monday and Wednesday, April 4, 6, 11, & 13 from 6:00 – 8:30pm. at CEI, Brunswick, Maine. Thinking about buying a home? Attend CEI’s Home Buyer Education class … Read More