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

  • Design Strategy: Creating Your Brand Experience

    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 designed items, collateral and communications? How do you brief designers…

  • Brand Activation: Bringing Your Brand to Life

    What are some top-priority communications and experiences you can create, to make your brand come to life? Hooray - you know what brand experience you need to create and you can articulate how it looks and feels! How do you really bring it to life as a 360 degree experience? How do you make it…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Social Media Basics for Small Business Owners

    Do you want to set your small business up for success on social media? In this workshop we'll talk about how to define your goals, determine which social media channels are best for your business, and understand how to reach your target audience. We’ll also discuss what type of content you should be sharing, which metrics…

  • Content Calendar Creation for Social Media

    Are you a small business owner who is unsure of what or when to post on social media, and never has enough time to strategize? In this workshop you'll learn how to set up and implement a social media content calendar, utilize the scheduling feature on Facebook, and gain helpful resources to minimize daily frustration…

  • Social Media Advertising for Small Business Success

    Are your social media marketing efforts failing to generate the results you want? Are you unsure of when to pay for ads or how much to spend on them? This workshop is designed to simplify the best practices of paid advertising across multiple social media channels. We’ll cover the budgeting, planning, execution, adjustment and analysis…

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

    In this workshop, we’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 know…

  • Brand Strategy

    How must you be perceived in order to own your market niche? Did you know that brands account for more than 30% of the stock market value of companies? But what is a brand, and how do you get a strong one? A BRAND is a complex collection of thoughts, beliefs, and feelings – associations – about a product…

  • Design Strategy: Creating Your Brand Experience

    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 designed items, collateral and communications? How do you brief designers…

  • Brand Activation: Bringing Your Brand to Life

    What are some top-priority communications and experiences you can create, to make your brand come to life? Hooray - you know what brand experience you need to create and you can articulate how it looks and feels! How do you really bring it to life as a 360 degree experience? How do you make it…

  • Social Media Basics for Small Business Owners

    Do you want to set your small business up for success on social media? In this workshop we'll talk about how to define your goals, determine which social media channels are best for your business, and understand how to reach your target audience. We’ll also discuss what type of content you should be sharing, which metrics…

  • Content Calendar Creation for Social Media

    Are you a small business owner who is unsure of what or when to post on social media, and never has enough time to strategize? In this workshop you'll learn how to set up and implement a social media content calendar, utilize the scheduling feature on Facebook, and gain helpful resources to minimize daily frustration…

  • Social Media Advertising for Small Business Success

    Are your social media marketing efforts failing to generate the results you want? Are you unsure of when to pay for ads or how much to spend on them? This workshop is designed to simplify the best practices of paid advertising across multiple social media channels. We’ll cover the budgeting, planning, execution, adjustment and analysis…

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

    In this workshop, we’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 know…