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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't necessarily 'jewelry people,' and that would embody a meaningful moment or experience in a person's life.

Courtney found CWE six or seven years ago and gained important skills training as well as moral support from other women business owners. She has been in business since 2017 and has employed several independent contractors but has no full-time employees yet. By 2025, she hopes her work will be in boutiques and galleries in 15 states across the country. During the pandemic, many of Courtney’s wholesale customers stopped buying because of the uncertainties of the time, CWE has helped her with coaching around pivoting her business as well as navigating the resources that are available to her for COVID recovery.