Monday, March 30, 2020
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM EDT
Doors at 7:45 a.m.

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Portland Public Library 
5 Monument Square
Rines Auditorium
Portland, ME 04101

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Presented by: 



Kelsey Munksgaard, Operations Manager


Celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (Registration Closed Currently)

Keynote Speaker
Beth Shissler
President &
Chief Sustainability Officer 
Sea Bags

Women-owned businesses are thriving in Maine!

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in conjunction with SCORE Maine and the CEI Women's Business Center, is hosting Celebrating Women's Entrepreneurship, a business panel event.

Experience a motivating event that will showcase the passion and perseverance of women entrepreneurs in Maine! All are welcome to attend, including seasoned and new entrepreneurs, as well as those that are looking to start a business. Our speakers will share about the peaks and valleys of their journeysincluding their achievements, roadblocks & challenges, and lessons learned along the way. 

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There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested due to space limitations.

Special thanks to our sponsor:

Women Business Owners Panel 

Amanda O'Brien
Eighteen Twenty Wines

Roberta Alexander


Kathleen O'Heron

Kerry Hanney
Night Moves Bread


8:00 a.m.  Check-in & Networking

8:30 a.m.  Welcoming Remarks
Amy Bassett, SBA District Director Maine
Wendell Davis, SBA New England Regional Administrator

8:40 a.m.  Keynote Speaker
Beth Shissler, President & Chief Sustainability Officer, Sea Bags

9:00 a.m.  Panel Discussion and Q&A
Successful Women Business Owners Share Their Stories
Moderator – Diane Sturgeon, SBA Deputy District Director, Maine

Panel Participants:
Amanda O’Brien, Eighteen Twenty Wines, Portland
  Roberta Alexander, Soakology Teahouse, Portland 
Kathleen O’Heron, Jynx Productions, Yarmouth
Kerry Hanney, Night Moves Bread, Biddeford

10:00 a.m. Panel discussion and Q&A
Business Assistance Programs & Services
Moderator – Anna Ackerman, Program Developer, CEI Women’s Business Center

Panel Participants:
Sarah Guerette, CEI Women’s Business Center
Susan Desgrosselliers, Maine Small Business Development Center
Nancy Strojny, SCORE
Gigi Guyton, New Ventures Maine 

 11:00 a.m. Closing Remarks
Amy Bassett, SBA District Director, Maine

Please Note: 

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least one week in advance. Contact Brad Currie at 207-780-1013 or by e-mail at bradley.currie@sba.gov for arrangements.