CWE Vermont – Women's Business Center

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The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a non-profit economic empowerment organization whose mission is to strengthen communities and the economy by supporting women to launch and successfully sustain businesses.  Opened in 2016, the Vermont Women's Business Center operates in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  We offer consultations, workshops and networking opportunities to help you reach your entrepreneurial goals.

Workshops in Vermont


Funding & Resources Available to Small Business During COVID Crisis and Recovery

Please click on the link below to see resources available to entrepreneurs in central Massachusetts in the wake of the COVID pandemic.  To schedule a one-on-one consultation to discuss recovery strategies for your business please click here.

Small Business Administration

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Learn More

Our Staff Team


Gwen Pokalo
Director - Vermont
(802) 391-4871
Madeline Brumberg
Program Manager - Northeast
(802) 391-4872 x120
Monique Priestley
Project Manager - COVID Business Recovery Vermont
(802) 391-4873

Our Core Counselors

Ronda Berns
Area/Industry Specialty

  • business development and marketing strategies for both B2B and B2C
  • sale/service training
  • sales coaching

Patti Bisson
Area/Industry Specialty

  • financial relief products
  • online business financial modeling
  • scenario planning
  • tax accountant

Carolyn Cooke
Area/Industry Specialty

  • business partnerships (including entrepreneurial couples)
  • overseas production
  • product
  • scenario planning
  • strategic planning
  • textiles

Christie Garofano
Area/Industry Specialty

  • business mindset
  • high-touch businesses
  • pivoting to online high-touch
  • startup businesses

Cristine Hammer
Area/Industry Specialty

  • brand development
  • general marketing foundations
  • startup businesses
  • strategic brand messaging

Jean Kissner
Area/Industry Specialty

  • operations
  • systems and tools
  • distribution
  • eCommerce
  • turning strategy into tactical plans and goals

Bonnie Pratt
Area/Industry Specialty

  • Innovation
  • pivoting business models
  • strategic partnerships
  • tech companies

Annette Rexroad
Area/Industry Specialty

  • general early-stage product development
  • specialty food and beverage
  • strategic growth planning

Contact Us

For more information about CWE, what we offer and how we can support you in business please email or call us at 802-391-4870.

CWE Vermont l 431 Pine St., Suite 101, Burlington, VT 05401

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