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Center for Women & Enterprise Receives Grant from the Vermont Community Foundation for Entrepreneurial Education

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) received a $3,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Spark! Connecting Community grant program.  The funds will support CWE’s Community Classroom – Startup Series.  This program in partnership with WonderArts will provide 15-30 low-income women in the Greensboro area with up to 12 hours each of workshops that will help improve their financial literacy, start new businesses, create jobs, and drive economic growth.

"We are honored to receive this grant from the Vermont Community Foundation," said Gwen Pokalo, Director, Center for Women & Enterprise-Vermont.  "Because of this generous support WonderArts and CWE will work together to deliver classes to women in the Greensboro area to help them on their journey to start businesses.”

Entrepreneurship is a proven model for helping women break the cycle of poverty by generating financial resources for themselves, their employees, and the community.  This program will support and encourage potential and startup entrepreneurs as they develop their business ventures.

The Spark! Connecting Community grant program puts building and nurturing community front and center.  The Foundation aims to support the work happening throughout Vermont’s 251 towns that builds social capital.  These grants – where a small amount can make a big difference – are intended to light the spark that keeps Vermonters healthy and happy.

The Center for Women & Enterprise

Established in 1995, the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase their professional success, personal growth, and financial independence. CWE also operates the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England (VBOC of NE) that equips veteran and active duty service members and their families with the resources to help them start and run their businesses

As New England's leading organization for women entrepreneurs, we work hard to ensure that all women, regardless of their economic status, are provided access to our programs and services. CWE offers scholarships to disadvantaged clients while fostering influential relationships for successful business women at the other end of the financial spectrum.

The Center for Women & Enterprise provides education, training, resources and connections to women (and men) through Centers in Boston, MA; Westborough, MA; Nashua, NH; Providence, RI; Burlington, VT; and Community Classrooms throughout New England.

In addition, CWE is the New England affiliate for Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), serving as their certification arm for women-owned businesses. WBENC Certification is nationally recognized in helping established women business owners access new corporate contracts with organizations that are actively seeking supplier diversity. 

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WonderArts envisions a vibrant and sustainable community that is supportive of the arts, education, and culture. A community that has a strong sense of place and is active with varied outlets for recreation. They envision an integrated and multi-generational community that is welcoming to families and kids and where our elderly are able to age with dignity. WonderArts envisions a community and a world where the wisdom needed to bridge barriers, and change lives for the better, begins with a sense of wonder.

Today, WonderArts brings people from diverse cultural, social, and economic backgrounds together through programming, enrichment, events, and community initiatives, for all ages (from zero to a hundred). Their work especially focuses on supporting the most vulnerable members of the community through programs that foster self-confidence, connection, community partnerships, and wellbeing. WonderArts are excited to share with you how our programs, opportunities, and initiatives continue to grow and serve the communities of Craftsbury, Greensboro, and the Northeast Kingdom.

As they look to the future, they are energized by the possibilities.

The Vermont Community Foundation

The Vermont Community Foundation inspires giving and brings people and resources together to make a difference in Vermont.  A family of hundreds of funds and foundations, we provide the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise that make it easy for the people who care about Vermont to find and fund the causes they love.

The heart of the Community Foundations’s work is closing the opportunity gap – the divide that leaves to many Vermonters struggling to get ahead, no matter how hard they work.  We are aligning our time, energy, and discretionary resources on efforts that provide access to early care and learning, pathways to college and career training, support for youth and families, and community and economic vitality.  We envision Vermont at its best – where everyone has the opportunity to build a bright, secure future.

Visit or call 802-388-3355 for more information.