Success Stories

CWE clients, consultants and more share their entrepreneurial story.

Share Your Story

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).

Cynthia Ryan, Edgeworks Creative LLC

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

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

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, 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

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

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

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

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 ...

Christine Taylor Garner, TaylorMade Meals

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 ...

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