CWE Spotlight

CWE clients, consultants and more share their entrepreneurial story.

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Your success inspires us and others every day to help women achieve their dreams of entrepreneurship.

Would you like your story to be considered? Fill out the form, submit your story including how you benefited from your relationship with CWE and launched or grew your business, photo of yourself, company logo and website. Please return this form, your photo and company logo (if applicable).

Denise Carr, FASTSIGNS, Worcester, MA

After dedicating decades to the corporate world, Denise Carr was laid off.  She needed to make some quick decisions as to what to do next.  Denise did not want to give control over her future back to a big corporation, but she had no experience runni...

Shana Goldberger, Sweet Babu, Winooski, VT

Shana Goldberger is an impressive young woman to look up to in the entrepreneur world. She launched her bakery, called Sweet Babu, in Winooski, Vermont, in July 2014. Starting Sweet Babu “has been difficult every step of the way,” says Shana, and it ...

Tina Paine, Wicked Healthy Vending, Peabody, MA

In the Fall of 2013, “Wicked Healthy Vending,” was born.  The vending company provides healthy snack and beverage options to organizations and companies in Massachusetts. 

Michelle Cully, Xpressman Trucking and Courier, Randolph, MA

Michelle Cully began her business out of necessity.  She was 23 years old, had no college degree or formal training, and was at the lowest point of her life after leaving an abusive relationship. What she did have was drive and a determination to bui...

Sharon Cornelius, Suilenroc Construction LLC

Sharon always dreamed of striking out on her own and working with her hands. When an unexpected opportunity opened the door, she took the leap and left the security of a job with the US Post Office. Sharon enrolled and graduated from the 15-week nati...

Sharon Knight, Tumble Beans Café and Play, Medway, MA

Sharon and Dan encountered many roadblocks prior to launching their business.  They reached out to CWE throughout their journey when any challenges occurred to brainstorm ideas and come up with the best solutions possible. 

Conversations with the Inspiring Maureen Barillaro from Boston Voyager Article, June 4 2018

I wanted to design the perfect nightgown that combined the fabric women go to for comfort – like her favorite sweats and tees – with designs that flatter her figure. I had the image in my mind and scoured the stores for a pattern I could use to get ...

Cynthia Ryan, Edgeworks Creative LLC, Waterbury, VT

Cyndi will tell you that starting her business was fairly easy; it just took some time. She had previously had a career in accounting, which she was very good at but was miserable doing. She wanted to make a change, so she went back to college and g...

Cara Nicholl, Baluva, Temple, NH

For Cara Nicholl, entrepreneurship came after being diagnosed with a chronic disease in 2010. She coped with debilitating pain for years and became very depressed.    When cleaning her room one day she found a canister of sand her grandmother had ...

Kayoko Matsumoto, en.Salon, Brookline, MA

When Kayoko Matsumoto came to the U.S. to work as a hair stylist, she didn’t want to run her own business. She began her career at the age of seventeen in Yokohama, Japan. She trained for over ten years in Japan. In 2009, she moved to Boston, Massach...

Erik Barstow, Rattle River Lodge, Shelburne, NH

In October 2013 a friend asked Erik to drive to Maine to pick him up, an event that changed his life. On the way home, they stopped at the lodge Erik now owns and he fell in love with the peaceful location. 

Maureen Joyce and Anne Saita, Twirling Tiger Media

In the spring of 2013 Maureen Joyce lost her longtime position as creative director for a Newton, MA-based technology media company and was considering her options. She heard that an IT association was putting its digital media magazine out to bid, a...

Rachyl Travis, Rachyl’s Goat Milk Soap, North Scituate, RI

Rachyl Travis, who was born in 2003, is an experienced entrepreneur. For her 9 th  birthday in June 2012 she received a pet Nubian goat and wanted to find a way to use the extra goat milk. Even as a little girl she wanted to contribute to the suppor...

Paula Kelly and Barbara Graveline, Nodding Burr Originals, Foxboro, MA

Paula Kelly and Barbara Graveline, friends since college, had successful careers in business where Paula became a CPA and Barbara a banker. While they both enjoyed analyzing numbers and business issues, their jobs lacked an outlet for their creative ...

Rachel Estapa, More to Love, Somerville, MA

Just a few months after completing the Business Planning program and pitching her business at the final class, Rachel was  featured on  Chronicle . Then, in December 2017 she was  named the winner of   Mastercard's, "Grow Your Biz Contest,"...

Rita McCabe, Sub Zero Ice Cream, Nashua, NH

Rita and Mark had never owned a business before and knew there was a steep learning curve. They came to CWE for classes on the basics of financial statements. They also returned for a class on bank financing and social media marketing, which was key ...

Help Me, Ronda Launches Other Businesses on the Web

When she got laid off in 2015 after a 20-year career in corporate IT, it was an opportunity to reimagine life “outside the cubicle.” Ronda turned to the Center for Women & Enterprise and took her first class – Is Entrepreneurship Right for You? It w...

Ashlee Barton, One Cycle RI LLC, Smithfield, RI

Ashlee Barton dreamed of owning her own business but thought financially and timewise it would be out of her reach.  While working a full-time job she started toying with the idea of opening an indoor cycling and group fitness center.

Christine Taylor Garner, TaylorMade Meals, Sudbury, MA

After spending more than 10 years in technology – building websites and software products, and managing clients - Christine Taylor Garner needed a change.  The higher she went “up the ladder” the less fulfilled and interested she was in what she was ...

Betsy Hill, Neighborhoods Café, Boston, MA

Veteran entrepreneurs are increasingly contributing to business creation and growth to the American economy after service. Active duty and reserve service often instills important skills and leadership abilities that are directly relevant to busines...

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