Directory of women-owned businesses created in Maine – Daily Bulldog
FARMINGTON — As 2022 unfolds, the combined benefits of buying local and supporting women entrepreneurs are more critical than ever to sustaining Maine’s economy. The Maine Women’s Business List is a new directory that makes it easier for consumers to buy from women-owned businesses in the state, and for women entrepreneurs to connect, collaborate and invest in success. the other.
The “List” has grown to include more than 300 companies since its launch in November and comes at an important time as a variety of global events ranging from COVID-19 to supply chain delays and labor shortages and more are impacting the ability of small businesses and buyers to purchase the products and services they want and need. The ability to source and buy locally helps address these challenges while keeping profits in-state.
“There’s no better time to resolve to shop locally and support women-owned businesses. It’s a powerful combination for fueling Maine’s overall economy,” says Sarah Guerette, director of CEI Women’s Business Centers, which launched the directory. “We know there is a desire to support women-owned businesses in Maine – we see it every day. That’s how we realized the need for the Maine Women’s Business List. We hope it will become easier to find, support and showcase the many businesses owned by Maine’s amazing women entrepreneurs.
All Maine-based businesses that are 50% or more women-owned* are eligible to list in the directory for free. Customers can search by category or geography to identify companies that meet their needs.
Business categories include food, entertainment, hospitality, manufacturing, health and wellness, retail, and more. For example:
January is a traditional month where people take action for their health and well-being, even more so during a pandemic. The Maine Women’s Business List offers a variety of local resources, including acupuncture and East Asian therapies from Kari Guillen in Mount Desert Island, nutritional products from Rising Sun Nutrition in Topsham, and movement classes from Nia at Westbrook.
As national headlines cite a shortage of wine and champagne for the new year, Maine’s Women’s Business List offers several local options for buying sparkling and other spirits, including Able Beverage in Gray, Vessel and Vine in Brunswick. and Milk and Honey in Northeast Port.
In the midst of “the great resignation”, you may find yourself short-staffed. Extra Set of Hands in Farmington may be able to help. Barbee Business Services at Otis and Ballou & Associates Inc. in Camden are resources for managing bookkeeping and accounting as your business grows.
COVID is hurting the restaurant industry. The directory offers ways to help. Food Love Laughter is a private chef service serving all of New England for an evening. Visit Engrain in South Berwick for a fast-casual eatery, or treat yourself to a sweet treat from Old Port Candy Co in Portland.
American Express estimates that there are more than 40,000 women-owned businesses in Maine, representing approximately $3.6 billion in revenue. Join the 300+ on the list at
*The Maine Women’s Business List aligns with the definition of women and women which explicitly includes not only cis women, but also trans women and genderqueer and non-binary people identifying female/feminine.