Female-led businesses are particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic as they face structural barriers, limited access to finance, and information asymmetry. That’s why we are launching FocusME: COVID-19 Edition.

Our facilitated peer-to-peer groups support female entrepreneurs in sharing common struggles, identifying action steps, and achieving their goals. In this new version of FocusME, participants will share and workshop their unique challenges related to COVID-19 in a supportive environment with facilitator Hazel Stark.

Once you’ve registered, we will contact you and ask you to complete a short questionnaire to help us learn more about your business and current challenges that you are facing. We will review your responses and contact you with any questions we might have.

This program will meet virtually on Thursdays from 8:30am-10:30am for ten sessions, from August 6th through October 15th (no session on August 20th).

The inspiration for this offering is based on our regular FocusME programming, which we run in collaboration with the Portland SCORE chapter.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic CEI offices are closed to the public. CEI staff will be working remotely and want to hear from you! Please reach out to your CEI contact regarding scheduled meetings and/or any questions/concerns. Click here for a list of COVID-19 Business Resources.
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