Ladies who Launch - January - April

Jackie Davidson


YWCA Supports Business Women With New Ladies Who Launch Group

The local community of Mount Desert Island supports lots of local businesses and the YWCA MDI supports women, so it was only natural for the organization to combine these two missions to create a new program offering.

Ladies Who Launch will be a group that meets for a period of five months to help the businesses involved launch and grow. The work of the group will culminate in an expo that all women owned businesses are invited to participate in sometime during the month of May.

This idea for the group evolved organically through the community. This fall, the YWCA MDI hosted a Work From Home Summit, inviting women who were either running or considering starting businesses, whether part or full time. The outcome of the brunch meeting, in addition to sharing resources and ideas with one another, was an idea of setting up a group that would meet regularly not only to support each other in business but to plan an expo to showcase all women owned businesses on MDI in the spring.

“I was excited the YWCA MDI wanted to take on this programming.” says Nicole Ouellette, the owner of Anchorspace. “I look forward to learning from this group of women and having a set and community wide outcome at the end of our time together.”

Ladies Who Launch will meet from 6-8 pm at the YWCA on Thursday's January 18, February 15, March 15 and April 19. Women at all stages of business are invited to participate and com,e to the first meeting with ideas of what they could accomplish with the support of others. Light snacks will be served at each meeting.

For more information, contact Jackie Davidson at the YWCA MDI or visit

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