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

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
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

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
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

Boundaries for a Thriving Business

Zoom

Many female business owners find that they are repeatedly asked to do unpaid work, work that is not within their skill set, or work that leaves them tired and at risk of burnout. However, running a business is not inherently draining -- especially when you have the tools to set healthy boundaries. In this 6-week cohort lead by Hannah Curtis, we will combine structured discussions and skill-building instruction to help you learn to say no, set limits, prioritize your work, and build and grow a business that really works for you. Join a group of supportive women business owners from

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

Time Management for Entrepreneurs: A 3-Part Series

Zoom

As business owners, we are constantly prioritizing our work and managing our time. This 3-session course is designed to look at how we approach time management, and explore different techniques that will provide us with new ways of thinking about our time, workflow, and prioritization strategies. Our three sessions will involve reviewing and discussing time management frameworks and techniques, experimenting with these techniques, and learning from peers as to what they have found helpful in their experience. Participants will come away with resources and experiences to help empower and guide how they utilize their time going forward. Note: The sessions

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

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