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

  • Brand Activation: Bringing Your Brand to Life

    Please note that this workshop has been rescheduled from April 10 to May 1.  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…

  • 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…

  • Western Maine Women’s Business Owners Networking Event

    This Event is held on the First Friday of the Month and is open to new, existing women business owners, and those considering a business. It is a  time ask questions, learn, share and to get connected to others who are in business. Discussion changes each month and there is no charge to attend. Bring…

  • 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…