CWE Spotlight

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).

Jaime Weatherby, Weatherby Media, Hooksett, NH

Jaime Weatherby, a solo entrepreneur who started Weatherby Media LLC, has an immense passion for entrepreneurship and helping women owned businesses find their digital voice to get their products, services and unique talents to the populations they ...

Maureen Reno, Reno Energy Consulting Services, LLC, Derry, NH

Five years ago, I never would have imagined being an entrepreneur, but thanks to my network of colleagues and the Center of Women & Enterprise I now own a small business. After over a decade of serving the public as an energy analyst with a state r...

Ashley Kirsner, Skip the Small Talk, Somerville, MA

In the summer of 2016, she set up a Facebook page advertising the first Skip the Small Talk event at JFK Park. The event aimed to bring together strangers to talk to each other about more meaningful topics than they would usually discuss at a bar or...

Jonny Skye, Skye Gallery, Providence, RI

The blossoming West-Side neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island is home to the Skye Gallery. Owner and namesake, Jonny Skye, opened the doors to her gallery in October of 2017. The variety of style and background of artists exemplifies Skye’s visio...

James Annis, East Bay Custom Cycles, Bristol, RI

Opening his garage doors to the public in May of 2017, Jim Annis owns and operates East Bay Custom Cycles (EBCC) at his home in Bristol, Rhode Island. After retiring from a long career of public service,  Big Jim  and his son, Jimmy, customize and re...

Seth Jajliardo, Maple Leaf Tree Service of Massachusetts, Auburn, MA

Seth Jajliardo is a great role model for veterans who want to become entrepreneurs. Seth was inspired to start Maple Leaf Tree Service after the destructive tornado that hit the Worcester area in June 2011.

Shane Matlock, The Burgundian: Coffee & Waffles, Providence, RI

Since working in his first coffee shop at the age of 17, Shane Matlock has aspired to own a café.  He always loved the role it played in the community, intersecting culture and lives.  

Meagan Jackson, M. Jackson Accounting & Bookeeping, Upton, MA

Meagan Jackson is an accountant who, after years of consulting, decided she wanted more control over her projects. She wanted the flexibility to empower and educate her clients as well as advise them and keep their books.  

Denise Carr, FASTSIGNS, Worcester, MA

After dedicating decades to the corporate world, Denise Carr was laid off.  She needed to make some quick decisions as to what to do next.  Denise did not want to give control over her future back to a big corporation, but she had no experience runni...

Shana Goldberger, Sweet Babu, Winooski, VT

Shana Goldberger is an impressive young woman to look up to in the entrepreneur world. She launched her bakery, called Sweet Babu, in Winooski, Vermont, in July 2014. Starting Sweet Babu “has been difficult every step of the way,” says Shana, and it ...

Tina Paine, Wicked Healthy Vending, Peabody, MA

In the Fall of 2013, “Wicked Healthy Vending,” was born.  The vending company provides healthy snack and beverage options to organizations and companies in Massachusetts. 

Michelle Cully, Xpressman Trucking and Courier, Randolph, MA

Michelle Cully began her business out of necessity.  She was 23 years old, had no college degree or formal training, and was at the lowest point of her life after leaving an abusive relationship. What she did have was drive and a determination to bui...

Sharon Cornelius, Suilenroc Construction LLC

Sharon always dreamed of striking out on her own and working with her hands. When an unexpected opportunity opened the door, she took the leap and left the security of a job with the US Post Office. Sharon enrolled and graduated from the 15-week nati...

Sharon Knight, Tumble Beans Café and Play, Medway, MA

Sharon and Dan encountered many roadblocks prior to launching their business.  They reached out to CWE throughout their journey when any challenges occurred to brainstorm ideas and come up with the best solutions possible. 

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, Waterbury, VT

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...

Cara Nicholl, Baluva, Temple, NH

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 ...

Kayoko Matsumoto, en.Salon, Brookline, MA

When Kayoko Matsumoto came to the U.S. to work as a hair stylist, she didn’t want to run her own business. She began her career at the age of seventeen in Yokohama, Japan. She trained for over ten years in Japan. In 2009, she moved to Boston, Massach...

Erik Barstow, Rattle River Lodge, Shelburne, 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. 

Maureen Joyce and Anne Saita, Twirling Tiger Media

In the spring of 2013 Maureen Joyce lost her longtime position as creative director for a Newton, MA-based technology media company and was considering her options. She heard that an IT association was putting its digital media magazine out to bid, a...

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