CWE Spotlight

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).

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Erin Smith, Sawyer Made, Woodbury, Vermont

Erin produces museum quality seating and teaches week-long traditional chairmaking courses at her business, Sawyer Made, in Woodbury, VT. She started her business to keep traditional chairmaking alive and show how these techniques can be relevant an...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Susan LeClaire, Santini Catering, St. Albans, Vermont

Susan offers meals to go and catering focusing on local fare for weddings, benefit dinners, and social events at her St. Albans, VT business, Santini Catering . She bought her business after doing small catering for friends and family. Susan fir...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Courtney Reckord, Courtney Reckord Jewelry, Burlington, Vermont

​Courtney makes jewelry with meaning for adventurous people and the places they love at her company, Courtney Reckord Jewelry , in Burlington, VT. She started her business because she wanted to make jewelry that would resonate with people who aren'...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Simony Resende, Aruverde for Rosebud Salon, Providence, RI

Simony’s contemporary salon located in Providence, RI, Aruverde for Rosebud Salon , provides inclusive, socially conscious, and environmentally friendly hair services to all hair textures. She started her business because she wanted to create a hea...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Madison D'Arezzo, 42020 Visionaries LLC, North Kingstown, RI

Madison’s company based in North Kingstown, RI, 42020 Visionaries LLC , is an artisanal wellness product company with a mission to assist as many people as possible on their path to well-being and personal empowerment. She discovered her passion fo...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Miatta Davies, MiattaZoe, Pawtucket, RI

​Miatta offers a women's clothing line with African prints and vibrant colors in western style designs at MiattaZoe , her company based in Pawtucket, RI. She started her business because she wanted to utilize the skills she learned from her mother ...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Caroline Goddard, Tend, Newport, RI

Caroline offers a thoughtfully curated collection of clothing and home goods informed by design traditions around the world through her company, Tend, in Newport, RI. She started her business because she saw a need to provide millennials with beauti...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Shea Rose, Shea Rose, Boston, Mass.

Shea offers holistic services called Embodied Voice through her business Shea Rose in Boston, MA. This technique utilizes vocal/written arts or "vocal expression" (singing, spoken word) to help women connect with their "spirit" voice, express thei...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Nelsy Hoyos Rosas, Aroma Laundry Inc., Lynn, MA

Nelsy offers laundry, dry cleaning, alteration, and repairs at her pickup and delivery courier service, Aroma Laundry Inc. in Lynn, MA. She started her business after working for 12 years in various laundromat and dry-cleaning facilities. Nelsy...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Karen Maria Smith, Small Steps Daycare, Lowell, Mass.

Karen offers educational services for infants through 14-year-old children at her childcare center, Small Steps Daycare in Lowell, MA. She started her business after being laid off soon after having a baby and watching friends’ children while at hom...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Melody Joy Paine, Imperfect Joy Films & Photos, Brimfield, Mass

Melody captures sparks of joy through photography and filmmaking at her company, Imperfect Joy Films & Photos, in Brimfield, MA. She started her business to capture everyday family moments so families can relive memories again and again. Melody c...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Jia Li, TeaTellTruth LLC, Westborough, Mass.

Jia performs tea mindfulness workshops and in-person and online educational programming on the history and health benefits of tea, in addition to selling loose-leaf tea products, through her company, Tea Tell Truth , in Westborough, MA. She started...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Wendy Hills, Roots & Roses, LLC, Rumney, NH

Wendy offers plant-based prepared meals and herbal teas at her business, Roots & Roses, LLC in Rumney, NH. She started her business because she loves to cook and wants to help others who are looking to lead a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Margaret Gay, 27Teas, Candia, New Hampshire

Margaret’s business, 27Teas , is a loose leaf tea company based out of Candia, NH that provides delicious teas both direct to consumer and wholesale to cafés and stores in the New England area. She started her business because she felt that tea lov...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Heidi Gardner Peyton, Peyton Place Restaurant & Peyton Place Products, Orford, New Hampshire

Heidi offers a takeout menu, food products, and off-site catering through her Orford, NH businesses, Peyton Place Restaurant and Peyton Place Products . She wants to expand her business because the future of the restaurant industry is uncertain and...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Elizabeth Hermawan and Jeanny Stevens, Swan Patisserie, Hudson, New Hampshire

Elizabeth and Jeanny's business, Swan Patisserie in Hudson, NH, is a local bakery where people can eat quality, authentic Indonesian pastries. They started their business because they grew up watching their moms and grandmothers cook every day and...

2021 Rising Star Nominees: Jo & Huck Truesdell, TidePool Bookshop, Worcester, Mass.

​With new and classic titles carefully selected and arranged to engage, inspire, and inform, Worcester, MA’s TidePool Bookshop provides a local, independent book-buying experience for all. Jo and Huck opened TidePool Bookshop after retiring in 201...

2021 Rising Star Nominee: Asha Carroll, Phasey, Tinmouth, Vermont

Asha’s business, Phasey , makes functional food for better periods. She started her Tinmouth, Vermont business because she wanted to create a place where we could create open and honest dialogue on periods through authentic brand activism that uses...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Wangene Hall, Global Village Food, Windsor, Vermont

Based in Windsor, VT, Wangene’s business, Global Village Foods , makes ready-made meals and samosas with bold African flavor for local food co-ops and whole foods across New England. She started her business because she wanted to make African food ...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Lindsay Kuhn, Wingspans, Providence, RI

Lindsay’s company based in Providence, RI, Wingspans , is a web-based platform that helps students find a career path that is right for them through rich, personal stories. She started her business because she saw that youth, especially youth in un...

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