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).

Ashlee Barton, One Cycle RI LLC

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.

Betsy Hill, Neighborhoods Café: Service to Country, Service to Community

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...

Beverly Hilaire, 2015 Andrea C. Silbert Rising Star Award Winner

Beverly Hilaire had a delicious vision for her neighborhood.  She dreamed of a modern-day sweet shop with a hint of “yesteryear,” a place where people could gather together for a sweet treat and a smile.  With that, the idea for A Sweet Place in Dorc...

Boston’s Zainab Sumu - Disrupting the Fashion Industry

Zainab’s first entrepreneurial venture was a high-fashion retail boutique she operated in Los Angeles.  She tried weathering the storm of the great recession of 2008-2010; her business didn’t survive through the economic downturn – but she stayed re...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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...

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. 

Heidy Paz, Manager & Owner, La Granja, LLC

A wife and mother of three, Heidy had a dream to fill American grocery store shelves with the creams and cheeses she'd loved in her homeland of Guatemala. in 2011, she opened her manufacturing business, La Granja Dairy Products, LLC.

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