FARMINGTON – Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community recently received a $2,000 grant from the H. King and Jean Cummings Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to support Routes to Success Entrepreneurs Network.

The group of small business owners started meeting monthly after completing a “Basics of Starting a Business” class co-taught by Women, Work and Community and the Women’s Business Center at CEI last March. The group is continuing to add new members.

The funding will allow Women, Work and Community to continue to provide support in facilitating the meetings, assist with joint marketing efforts and provide business training and technical assistance in collaboration with local and regional partners.

“It is wonderful to have a place to share your business ups and downs and to feed off the energy and excitement of other entrepreneurs,” said Sue Staples, a founding member of the group and owner of Everyday Heroes Baking Co. “It is so important to surround yourself with a cheering section’ of people to help you stay motivated, to cheer your successes and to give comfort and support during the inevitable setbacks.”

Women, Work and Community is a statewide nonprofit organization committed to improving the economic lives of Maine women and their families. The organization works with individuals “where they are” and provides them with support, guidance and the tools they need to take the next steps toward a more promising future.

The organization provides individual assistance and group training in building careers, starting and growing businesses, planning for financial security and becoming community leaders.

All services are free. For more information, call 778-2757 or 1-800-442-2092 or visit

The Maine Community Foundation, a statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, works in partnership with donors and community groups to strengthen Maine.

For more information, visit or call toll-free 1-877-700-6800.

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