Maybe you’ve been floating around your own business idea for years. Or maybe you’re rightly inspired by the women you’re reading about in the pages of Maine Women Magazine (we sure are). If you’re interested in starting your own business or growing a business that already exists, there are plenty of resources in Maine to help you get going (or keep going). Here are few:
Women’s Business Center
The Women’s Business Center at Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) offers business counseling, workshops and events for women in business, whether you’re just starting out or expanding a current business. The Women’s Business Center also recently launched an Entrepreneur in Residence Program to connect women business owners with experienced entrepreneurs in their field. The Women’s Business Center has southern Maine and rural Maine programs.
For more information: www.ceimaine.org
New Ventures Maine
Formerly known as Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community, New Ventures Maine helps new and experienced business owners find resources, develop business plans and grow businesses through one-on-one coaching and free classes and workshops. There are locations in central, midcoast, southern, western and northern Maine.
For more information: newventuresmaine.org
With chapters around the state (including Augusta, Auburn, Portland, Bangor, South Paris and Ellsworth) SCORE boasts a host of workshops, events and business mentors to help with all aspects of business-building. It’s free to meet with a mentor and most of the workshops also are free or low cost.
For more information: www.scoremaine.org
Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development
The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (MCED) provides an array of resources, including mentoring, workshops (Lunch and Learn and Table Talk, which are open to the public), and the Top Gun Prep program (a statewide online course). Top Gun Track is a five-month-long program that combines mentoring and weekly gatherings.
For more information: www.mced.biz