Invest. Build. Connect.
Women Mean Business

Our recent Women Mean Business Forum shed light
on powerful stories of success, failure,
and women continuing to beat the odds,
as they built their businesses.
Our speakers spoke from their hearts and experiences - bravely sharing successes and challenges including:

Trusting yourself, even if you have to:
  • Write a 200 page business plan to prove to yourself, as well as to others, that your wild dream is possible.
  • Be told by banks that you do not qualify for a loan.
  • Be told that it is impossible because of who you are.
Get started, by:
  • Building trusted relationships, over time, with people who get your business and want to invest in it.
  • Listening to others who challenge you.
  • Seeing what others believe is a weaknesses as a strength.
  • Believing in yourself.

The Maine Women's Fund strives to create space for women to connect with one another to empower us all and transform the lives of Maine women and girls.
Thank you to everyone who shared their stories
with so much honesty and vulnerability.

Featured Storytellers:

Panelists :
  • Sarah Guerette, Director of the Women's Business Center, CEI
  • Adele Ngoy, President & Founder of Women United Around the World, Founder of Adele Masengo Designs, Owner of Antoine’s Tailor Shop and Formal Wear
  • Heather Sanborn, Owner and Director of Operations, Rising Tide Brewing Company
Moderator : Mary Pols , Editor, Maine Women Magazine

Thank you to our generous sponsors
for making all the connecting possible!

Allagash Brewing
Cross Insurance
Eaton Peabody
Lee International
New Ventures Maine
The Maine Women's Fund thanks MaineShare for its ongoing support. MaineShare makes it easy for individuals and workplaces to donate to more than 30 statewide organizations working every day to make
Maine a better place to live. For more information, please visit their website .