CWE Vermont – Women's Business Center

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The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a non-profit economic empowerment organization whose mission is to strengthen communities and the economy by supporting women to launch and successfully sustain businesses.  Opened in 2016, the Vermont Women's Business Center operates in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  We offer consultations, workshops and networking opportunities to help you reach your entrepreneurial goals.

Courses in Vermont

CWEVT - Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - 09/23

This workshop provides a high-level overview of a range of legal matters that entrepreneurs need to be aware of when starting a new company.

CWEVT - Personal to Business Budgeting - 3 Part Series

Over 3 sessions, you'll navigate building your personal budget, setting goals, & making a plan to bridge your personal & business financials

CWEVT - Power Forward (13 Weeks) - 10/16

This 13-week course introduces new tools and resources to create, review, revise and revisit a powerful strategy plan: the one that shows the journey from today to long-term success. From financing to marketing this class will examine how to strateg...

CWEVT - Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - 10/21

This workshop provides a high-level overview of a range of legal matters that entrepreneurs need to be aware of when starting a new company.

CWEVT - Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - 11/19

This workshop provides a high-level overview of a range of legal matters that entrepreneurs need to be aware of when starting a new company.

CWEVT - Steps to Start a Business - December 1

If you are planning to start a business or are in the early stages of launching one, then this workshop is for you.

Funding & Resources Available to Small Business During COVID Crisis and Recovery

Please click on the link below to see resources available to entrepreneurs in central Massachusetts in the wake of the COVID pandemic.  To schedule a one-on-one consultation to discuss recovery strategies for your business please click here.


Small Business Administration

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Learn More


Our Staff Team

Vermont

Gwen Pokalo
Director - Vermont
(802) 391-4871
Madeline Brumberg
Program Manager - Northeast
(802) 391-4872 x120
Monique Priestley
Project Manager - COVID Business Recovery Vermont
(802) 391-4873

Our Core Counselors

Ronda Berns
Area/Industry Specialty

  • business development and marketing strategies for both B2B and B2C
  • sale/service training
  • sales coaching
 

Patti Bisson
Area/Industry Specialty

  • financial relief products
  • online business financial modeling
  • scenario planning
  • tax accountant
 

Carolyn Cooke
Area/Industry Specialty

  • business partnerships (including entrepreneurial couples)
  • overseas production
  • product
  • scenario planning
  • strategic planning
  • textiles
 

Christie Garofano
Area/Industry Specialty

  • business mindset
  • high-touch businesses
  • pivoting to online high-touch
  • startup businesses
 

Cristine Hammer
Area/Industry Specialty

  • brand development
  • general marketing foundations
  • startup businesses
  • strategic brand messaging
 

Jean Kissner
Area/Industry Specialty

  • operations
  • systems and tools
  • distribution
  • eCommerce
  • turning strategy into tactical plans and goals
 

Bonnie Pratt
Area/Industry Specialty

  • Innovation
  • pivoting business models
  • strategic partnerships
  • tech companies
 

Annette Rexroad
Area/Industry Specialty

  • general early-stage product development
  • specialty food and beverage
  • strategic growth planning
 

Contact Us

For more information about CWE, what we offer and how we can support you in business please email or call us at 802-391-4870.

CWE Vermont l 431 Pine St., Suite 101, Burlington, VT 05401

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