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).

Vicki Gray, Founder/Owner, New Chapter Home Improvement Services, Cambridge, MA

Vicki Gray is the Founder / Owner of New Chapter Home Improvement Services (NCHI) in Cambridge, MA.  Her story begins with two women who inspired Vicki to bring a lifelong dream to reality.

CWE RI 2022 Rising Star Panel: Powering the Economy

In honor of Small Business Month, CWE Rhode Island invited  five inspiring women entrepreneurs  to share their experiences as business, community, and economic builders on our virtual panel,  CWE's Rhode Island Rising Stars: Powering the Economy .

Alicia Haddad, Alicia's Spice Co., Worcester, MA: 2022 Rising Star Winner

“CWE has helped my journey by believing in women-owned small business and including me in various opportunities over the past year. Without the encouragement and guidance from the supportive staff at CWE I would not have applied for Samuel Adams, Br...

Christine Guanipa, Little Man, Whitinsville, MA: 2022 Rising Star Nominee

“Our Little Man logo was designed by my husband Miguel while we both were attending Mass College of Art. When I transitioned from printmaking to handbag design I knew I wanted to incorporate this Little Man, that had become so dear to us, into our b...

Hannah Crowl, Northampton Lashes, Northampton,MA: 2022 Rising Star Nominee

“I first started Northampton Lashes with a dream to elevate the eyelash service experience. CWE helped me navigate and apply for grants, PPP during Covid and a low interest business loan.  Once I was up and running, CWE interviewed me in a live Webi...

Sarah Bertochi, Sarah Bertochi - Handmade, Marlborough, MA: 2022 Rising Star Nominee

“I am acutely aware of doing my part (however small) to reduce my environmental impact. I do this by printing with water base eco-friendly inks, using all natural materials such as linen or cotton and incorporate recycled fabrics for all my interior...

Ximena Salmeron, Iconica Social Club, Northampton, MA: 2022 Rising Star Nominee

“I bought Iconica Social Club in July 2020 with really no previous experience on how to run a business. Also, it was a very early moment in the pandemic so I had very little idea of how it would unfold. Nonetheless, we believed in the possibility of...

Danielle Johnson, Spark FM Online, Hyde Park, MA: 2022 Rising Star Nominee

"I have taken multiweek classes with CWE so far and I am just so excited that there are programs/resources out here that simply cater to the needs of the female entrepreneur community. The classes/courses have done wonders for the trajectory of my b...

Julie King, Villa México Café, Boston, MA: 2022 Rising Star Nominee

“We have learned from the CWE webinars and taken advantage of programs like the Sam Adams American Dream pitch competition, as well as applied and received grants promoted by CWE through COVID to help us stay open.”

Teresa Maynard, Sweet Teez Bakery, Dorchester, MA: 2022 Rising Star Nominee

“In early 2016 I took a business plan writing course with CWE and it help me start my business. The professor of the CWE course went on to be my mentor and has been working with me through the 5 years I have been in business. I also have participat...

Widline Pyrame, Fusion Doll LLC, Brockton, MA: 2022 Rising Star Winner

"CWE is an amazing organization. I encourage anyone who is thinking about opening their own business to take a class with them. You will be glad you did. Running a small business can be challenging you end up wearing so many hats. It’s important to ...

Aina Sullivan, Black Stone Alchemy, Derry, NH: 2022 Rising Star Nominee

“CWE has helped me learn the logistics of starting a business as well as connected me to the resources that I needed at the time. I have been able to pursue many business opportunities that previously were out of my scope. The instructors for the we...

Amanda Lawrence, Whimsy Wreath Design Company LLC, Windham, NH: 2022 Rising Star Nominee

“From the beginning, CWE has been a huge help with getting my small business going.  I came to CWE with an idea, hoping to find enough information to see if it was feasible for me to start a handmade, small business.  Wow! I was thrilled with the am...

Emily Barnaby, HIRS LLC, Derry, NH: 2022 Rising Star Winner

“CWE has been a great resource - from offering personal consults in every aspect and industry, to webinars and educational forums for all facets of the business. CWE offers timely, abundant, and professional information and encourages growth and dis...

Makiyah Moody, Kairos and Heart LLC, Nashua, NH: 2022 Rising Star Nominee

“ CWE has been a key part of my startup journey, providing timely, helpful, and actionable support. The 10-week business planning course facilitated by Erin Allgood was a game changer. Each week, we discussed a required building block to lay a soli...

Marisa Delhay, The Teach at Home Mom, Hooksett, NH: 2022 Rising Star Nominee

“I have been motivated, encouraged, and empowered to step further and further outside of my comfort zone thanks to the webinars, conferences, and resources I've been connected to by CWE. When I began my business 5 years ago, I had a Facebook page an...

Amber Jackson, The Black Leaf Tea & Culture Shop, Warren, RI: 2022 Rising Star Nominee

"CWE has shown me the importance of certifying my business as a grow strategy. As I can say with confidence that my business is one of only 8% that make it out of the start-up phase, I now have the capacity to research and pursue certification as a ...

Candida Castillo, Aesthetic Dental Studio of R, I North Providence, RI: 2022 Rising Star Nominee

“The Center for Women and Enterprise helped me in my journey by providing the resources needed to make the baby step to move my business forward. After taking the program, I was able to identify critical parts of my business and how to evaluate my p...

Donna Childs, PRISERE LLC, Cranston, RI: 2022 Rising Star Winner

"CWE has helped me assume a leadership role to showcase the importance of women-owned businesses in RI as when I started the state’s first ever small business giving circle and developed an app that mobilized over 200,000 hours of volunteer service ...

Enith Morillo, Cadoret Global Inc., Cumberland, RI: 2022 Rising Star Nominee

“I have been part of the Rhode Island CWE community for over a decade, and benefited tremendously from the accessible educational seminars the organization offers, especially those on financial literacy. I remember first learning about credit, budge...

Lexus Fernandez, Soulita, Woonsocket, RI: 2022 Rising Star Nominee

“I would not be an entrepreneur without CWE and other organizations in RI that offer free workshops and programs. My life changed completely in 2018 when I had a ruptured brain aneurysm at 20 years old. I lost my job, my college education, my native...

Akshata Nayak, Little Patakha, Jericho, VT: 2022 Rising Star Nominee

“CWE has been an important partner in the journey so far. To begin with, Little Patakha is a WBENC certified WBE and conversations with CWE staff certainly helped me go through the certification process. I have had regular conversations with local c...

Alexandra Shuman, Nomadic Kitchen, South Burlington, VT: 2022 Rising Star Nominee

“In my first year in business, CWE accepted me to a program I didn't technically qualify for. The Power Forward Program is a business accelerator for small food businesses with gross revenues of at least $50k. At the time I met with one of the instr...

Ferene Paris Meyer, All Heart Inspirations, LLC, Burlington, VT: 2022 Rising Star Nominee

"Nice to know there are womxn at CWE that honor my worth, intellect and believe in my storytelling business if I were to drop in.”

Jennifer Vascotto, Trenchers Farmhouse Lyndonville, VT: 2022 Rising Star Winner

“I took the CWE Business Planning Class prior to my partner and I opening our business in May of 2020. This class helped us in so many ways. From meeting a network of other local entrepreneurs with a like mindset, to creating a strong 5-year busines...

Johanna Courtemanche, MOJO-JOMO, Berlin, VT: 2022 Rising Star Award Nominee

“CWE got me on the right track from the very beginning. They gave me so much information and advice about owning and operating a business. I knew a lot about food service operations but I didn't know anything about owning a business. If I hadn't tak...

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

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...

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

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...

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

​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'...

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

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...

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