The Women’s Business Center at CEI: Southern Maine

The The Women’s Business Center at CEI: Southern Maine serves entrepreneurs starting or growing a business in Cumberland, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, and York counties.

Our office is located in Portland. Our business counselors work virtually and over the phone to offer free one-on-one business counseling.

Click here for more information about our workshops.

Staff

Sarah Guerette: Program Director, Certified Business Advisor
Address: 2 Portland Fish Pier, Suite 201, Portland, ME 04101
Telephone: (207) 535-2914
Fax: (207) 772-5503
Email: Sarah.guerette@ceimaine.org

Click here to learn more about Sarah Guerette, Director of the Women’s Business Center!

Kate Curran: Program and Training Developer
2 Portland Fish Pier, Suite 201, Portland, ME 04101
Telephone: (207) 535-2942
Fax: (207) 772-5503
Email: Kate.curran@ceimaine.org

LOCATION

Portland

Telephone: (207) 535-2914
Counselor: Sarah Guerette
Counselor Email: Sarah.guerette@ceimaine.org 
Office Location: 2 Portland Fish Pier, Suite 201, Portland, ME 04101

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 5:00 or by appointment. Please call for an appointment prior to coming in.

 


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 Southern Maine Women’s Business Center Events

  • Quickbooks and Accounting: Advanced Business Planning with Julia Shanks

    This full-day workshop is designed to help both established and beginning farmers understand the financials of their business and learn how to make informed decisions to increase profits. It is best suited for those with at least one year of farming or similar experience. The goals of the workshop are to plan for profit, examine…

  • FocusME: Growth Stage Business Peer Group, 2018 (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…

  • FocusME: Early Stage Business Peer Group, Spring 2018 (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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…