Peer Networking Group, Invitation Only

The Women’s Business Center at CEI and the Portland SCORE Chapter are collaborating to host a series peer groups for female entrepreneurs.  This is an invitation only event.*  

How does it work? A group of smart, savvy, female entrepreneurs meet every 3 weeks for a total of six sessions to tackle challenges and problems together. They lean on each other, give advice, share connections and experiences and do business with each other if/when appropriate.

Each session will include a focus on personal development, as well as an opportunity to share business challenges and brainstorm solutions. The peer group will be source of support, referrals and networking as you discuss common business challenges. The focus is on personal development that will impact your business growth for 2015.

Who facilitates?

The sessions will be facilitated by Leigh Tillman.  Leigh works with groups facilitating decision-making, group processes, and training. Her work focuses on:

  • Helping people hear one another to find common ground so that groups can make realistic, tangible, innovative, and informed decisions
  • Supporting organizations in the ever-unfolding element of team engagement and collaboration
  • Offering facilitative trainings from Telling Impactful Stories to Conflict Transformation in the Workplace

As a female entrepreneur herself, Leigh is excited to team up with CEI and SCORE to offer what we expect will prove to be a unique, rewarding, and candidly helpful series for all participants. You can learn more about her at

*Why is it invitation only?

By keeping this group small, we will allow for more meaningful dialogue and conversation.   If you’re interested in participating in a future peer group, please email Sarah Guerette at the Women’s Business Center at CEI to learn about upcoming groups.


Wednesday March 18th; Tuesday April 7th; Tuesday April 28th; Wednesday May 20th, Tuesday June 9th, and Tuesday June 30th.  8:30 am to 10:30 am.

Upon registering, you are expected to make an effort to attend each of the six sessions.


Coffee by Design at 1 Diamond Street in Portland

What does it cost?

$89 for the series.  That’s less than $15 per session.

What else?

Requirements include: sales, a website, and a desire to grow your business.  We aim to have 8 participants in this first round.