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.

Community Navigator Pilot Project

CWE Vermont’s Women’s Business Center (CWE VT)  is thrilled to be joining the Community Navigator Pilot Project in partnership with the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VT SBDC) ‘hub’ and 9 small business assistance program ‘spokes’ from across the state. Through this collaborative program, we are joining with our partners to provide technical assistance to even more rural Vermonters, women, LGBTQ+, veterans, BIPOC Vermonters, and New American community members so they can make an informed decision about business ownership and growth in their lives!  Find out more about this program and partner organizations.

Our Community Expectations

Welcome to the Center for Women & Enterprise community! We are excited to work with you! CWE programming is delivered in alignment with our company’s core values: respect, equity, collaboration, innovation, diversity, and joy. We are committed to providing a safe space for learning and connecting for everyone. We celebrate all humans, irrespective of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or other identifiers. We do our best to approach our programming from a feminist perspective that is secular and non-partisan, and are committed to doing better. We are committed to guaranteeing a safe, enjoyable, and meaningful experience for our clients, facilitators, counselors and staff. By participating in our programs, you agree to these principles. We reserve the right to remove participants from any session in the event of violation of these principles.

Your Commitments:

  • You will keep information from your peers in your CWE experience confidential.
  • You will not repurpose material provided by CWE and your classmates for your own commercial endeavors.
  • You will not actively solicit your peers or instructors

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. Please contact us by emailing, or calling 802-391-4870.


Our Staff Team


Gwen Pokalo Hart
VP of Policy
(802) 391-4871
Rebecca Kilian
Client Experience Coordinator - Vermont
(802) 391-4874
Faye Longo
Project Manager of VT Community Navigators
(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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