Introduction to SafetyWorks!

Zoom

SafetyWorks! is an Maine Department of Labor program that specializes in practical solutions to help make workplaces safer and healthier. The old adage is true — it pays to be safe! Join us for this interactive 1-hour info session to learn how SafetyWorks! can help you prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities and reduce related costs. All SafetyWorks! services are provided at no cost and are confidential. In this workshop, you will learn about the variety of SafetyWorks! consultations and trainings, including: Wage & Hour Compliance Safety & Health Management Systems Emergency Scene Traffic Control NFPA #1401 – Recommended Practices

Free
Recurring

Change Management Cohort

Zoom

The pandemic has impacted each of us, first hand, in countless ways both personally and in business. We learned to act and adapt quickly to survive. How can we better prepare ourselves for the next big change? In this workshop facilitated by Tara Paluck, we will apply the principles of Change Management Process to identify and acknowledge impacts, and plan a course of action for you, your business, your product / service, and your customers. Tara last served in the Business Transformation Office for JPMorgan Chase where she focused on both large and small scale consumer driven initiatives, including product

Free

January First Friday Biz Fit: Strengthening your financial literacy

Zoom

Every first Friday of the month, join us for a casual meet-up with other businesswomen and aspiring female entrepreneurs (virtual). Bring your tea, coffee, or smoothie and join the conversation. Informal conversation Networking Inspiration Support January’s focus: New Year – Strengthening your financial skills with guest speaker Jamee Shinn (Edward Jones Financial). Register today to receive the Zoom link to join.

Free

Bookkeeping Basics – A Small Business Owners’ Guide

Zoom

This 1 hour webinar will provide basic bookkeeping guidelines for the small business owner, and will help answer the following questions: Why track financial transactions for your business Should I be using software, or can I use something else? When should I hire a bookkeeper? What should I expect from my bookkeeper? The beginning of the year is a great time to start fresh, whether you use excel, QuickBooks or some other financial software. We’ll review simple ways to track your business finances, touch on using software such as QuickBooks, and review some of the basic financial reports generated from

Free
Recurring

FocusME Winter 2022: Tuesday 8:30am-10:30am Cohort

Zoom

The CEI Women’s Business Center and the Portland SCORE Chapter are collaborating to host FocusME, a series of peer groups for female entrepreneurs. FocusME is a series of facilitated peer groups that provide a supportive network of other female business owners; a place to work on personal and professional growth, a sense of accountability, and an opportunity to learn from your peers’ experiences and expertise. This winter we are offering four virtual cohorts. Please note that in order to ensure that both groups are filled with businesses that are non-competitive and in similar stages of growth the WBC will make

Free
Recurring

Spokeswomen Winter 2022

Zoom

Spokeswomen: a facilitated peer group designed to help female entrepreneurs become more persuasive and effective communicators. How does it work? Through this highly interactive 8-week online program, participants will develop their own personal style by deepening their understanding of persuasive tools and practicing storytelling through a range of speaking scenarios. Participants will practice delivering planned speeches, providing and giving feedback, initiating difficult conversations, and improvising. The Spokeswomen cohort will have a maximum of 8 participants in order to allow for ample speaking opportunities in the allotted two-hour meeting window. The cohort meets virtually for 2 hours weekly on Tuesdays from

Free
Recurring

FocusME Winter 2022: Wednesday 8:30am-10:30am Cohort

Zoom

The CEI Women’s Business Center and the Portland SCORE Chapter are collaborating to host FocusME, a series of peer groups for female entrepreneurs. FocusME is a series of facilitated peer groups that provide a supportive network of other female business owners; a place to work on personal and professional growth, a sense of accountability, and an opportunity to learn from your peers’ experiences and expertise. This winter we are offering four virtual cohorts. Please note that in order to ensure that both groups are filled with businesses that are non-competitive and in similar stages of growth the WBC will make

Free
Recurring

FocusME Winter 2022: Wednesday 11am-1pm Cohort

Zoom

The CEI Women’s Business Center and the Portland SCORE Chapter are collaborating to host FocusME, a series of peer groups for female entrepreneurs. FocusME is a series of facilitated peer groups that provide a supportive network of other female business owners; a place to work on personal and professional growth, a sense of accountability, and an opportunity to learn from your peers’ experiences and expertise. This winter we are offering four virtual cohorts. Please note that in order to ensure that both groups are filled with businesses that are non-competitive and in similar stages of growth the WBC will make

Free
Recurring

Advanced Marketing

Zoom

Ready to finally get your marketing organized and to figure out what works and what doesn’t? Ready to feel confident that your efforts are worth your time and energy and are making an impact on your business and sales? In this 6-week cohort with Amanda O’Brien of eighteen twenty wines, we will work with your unique business in a small group setting to get your marketing cleaned up, organized, and in tip top shape. We will help you create a plan and set up analytics so you know your marketing is getting you real results. Jan 12: Assess/Audit – What

Free
Recurring

Mind Your Own Business

Zoom

A gentle approach to business planning through reflection, journaling and discussion. Start the new year taking time to get centered and focused with a plan on you and your business. Whether you’ve been in business for years, or are imagining starting your own business, use the exercises this month to serve as your compass. By the end of January you should be able to articulate your goals, and to design the actions that will help you get there. We will share journaling prompts to get the juices flowing. In 30 days you’ll have articulated the ideas that will help you move further

Free
Recurring

Spokeswomen Winter 2022

Zoom

Spokeswomen: a facilitated peer group designed to help female entrepreneurs become more persuasive and effective communicators. How does it work? Through this highly interactive 8-week online program, participants will develop their own personal style by deepening their understanding of persuasive tools and practicing storytelling through a range of speaking scenarios. Participants will practice delivering planned speeches, providing and giving feedback, initiating difficult conversations, and improvising. The Spokeswomen cohort will have a maximum of 8 participants in order to allow for ample speaking opportunities in the allotted two-hour meeting window. The cohort meets virtually for 2 hours weekly on Tuesdays from

Free
Recurring

Farm to Business

Zoom

Are you interested in starting or growing your farm-based business? This 6-session program, facilitated by Erica Emery of Rustic Roots Farm in Farmington, will help you to develop or hone a business plan, set realistic goals, discuss your challenges with peers, and send you on your way to cultivating your farm business. This program is designed for new farm-based business owners who want to grow their business beyond their home or farm stand. The six sessions will involve discussing your motivation for starting a farm business, financing options, your market and customer base, and more. Participants will also learn how

Free