Monday, September 21, 2020
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM EDT


Virtual Event 
Portland, ME 04101  

Presented by: 



Kelsey Munksgaard, Director of Operations


Celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship: The Power of Passion and Perseverance 

Keynote Speaker
Beth Shissler
President &
Chief Sustainability Officer 
Sea Bags

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 virtual business panel event.

Experience a motivating virtual event that will showcase the passion and perseverance of women entrepreneurs in Maine, as we navigate doing business in the times of COVID-19. 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. 

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


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

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

9:30 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 

 9:50 a.m. Closing Remarks
Diane Sturgeon, SBA Deputy District Director, Maine