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).

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Shea Rose, Shea Rose, Roxbury, Mass.

Shea offers holistic services called Embodied Voice through her business Shea Rose in Roxbury, MA. This technique utilizes vocal/written arts or "vocal expression" (singing, spoken word) to help women connect with their "spirit" voice, express the...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Nelsy Hoyos Rosas, Aroma Laundry Inc., Lynn, MA

Nelsy offers laundry, dry cleaning, alteration, and repairs at her pickup and delivery courier service, Aroma Laundry Inc. in Lynn, MA. She started her business after working for 12 years in various laundromat and dry-cleaning facilities. Nelsy...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Karen Maria Smith, Small Steps Daycare, Lowell, Mass.

Karen offers educational services for infants through 14-year-old children at her childcare center, Small Steps Daycare in Lowell, MA. She started her business after being laid off soon after having a baby and watching friends’ children while at hom...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Melody Joy Paine, Imperfect Joy Films & Photos, Brimfield, Mass

Melody captures sparks of joy through photography and filmmaking at her company, Imperfect Joy Films & Photos, in Brimfield, MA. She started her business to capture everyday family moments so families can relive memories again and again. Melody c...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Jia Li, TeaTellTruth LLC, Westborough, Mass.

Jia performs tea mindfulness workshops and in-person and online educational programming on the history and health benefits of tea, in addition to selling loose-leaf tea products, through her company, Tea Tell Truth , in Westborough, MA. She started...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Wendy Hills, Roots & Roses, LLC, Rumney, NH

Wendy offers plant-based prepared meals and herbal teas at her business, Roots & Roses, LLC in Rumney, NH. She started her business because she loves to cook and wants to help others who are looking to lead a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Margaret Gay, 27Teas, Candia, New Hampshire

Margaret’s business, 27Teas , is a loose leaf tea company based out of Candia, NH that provides delicious teas both direct to consumer and wholesale to cafés and stores in the New England area. She started her business because she felt that tea lov...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Heidi Gardner Peyton, Peyton Place Restaurant & Peyton Place Products, Orford, New Hampshire

Heidi offers a takeout menu, food products, and off-site catering through her Orford, NH businesses, Peyton Place Restaurant and Peyton Place Products . She wants to expand her business because the future of the restaurant industry is uncertain and...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Elizabeth Hermawan, Swan Patisserie, Hudson, New Hampshire

​Elizabeth’s business, Swan Patisserie in Hudson, NH, is a local bakery where people can eat quality, authentic Indonesian pastries. She started her business because she grew up watching her mom and grandmother cook every day and she wanted to int...

2021 Rising Star Nominees: Jo & Huck Truesdell, TidePool Bookshop, Worcester, Mass.

​With new and classic titles carefully selected and arranged to engage, inspire, and inform, Worcester, MA’s TidePool Bookshop provides a local, independent book-buying experience for all. Jo and Huck opened TidePool Bookshop after retiring in 201...

2021 Rising Star Nominee: Asha Carroll, Phasey, Tinmouth, Vermont

Asha’s business, Phasey , makes functional food for better periods. She started her Tinmouth, Vermont business because she wanted to create a place where we could create open and honest dialogue on periods through authentic brand activism that uses...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Wangene Hall, Global Village Food, Windsor, Vermont

Based in Windsor, VT, Wangene’s business, Global Village Foods , makes ready-made meals and samosas with bold African flavor for local food co-ops and whole foods across New England. She started her business because she wanted to make African food ...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Lindsay Kuhn, Wingspans, Providence, RI

Lindsay’s company based in Providence, RI, Wingspans , is a web-based platform that helps students find a career path that is right for them through rich, personal stories. She started her business because she saw that youth, especially youth in un...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Julie Alig, Ph.D., JLA Analytics, LLC, Manchester, NH

At her company based in Manchester, NH, Julie uses statistical analysis and data visualizations to tell the stories in a business’ data to help clients optimize their decision-making, build and implement strategies, achieve their goals, and increase...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Erin Long, Erin Long Photography, Easthampton, Mass.

Erin offers portrait, lifestyle, wedding, and event photography through her company, Erin Long Photography in Easthampton, MA. She loves being able to connect with people through portraiture and preserve milestone events forever in time through imag...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Jessica De Jesus Acevedo, Little Star of Ours, Cambridge, Mass.

Jessica offers part-time and full-time care to children at her Spanish immersion daycare, Little Star of Ours in Cambridge, MA. She started her business because she wanted to be both an entrepreneur and an early childhood educator.

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Jessi Kirley, JKirley Collective, Florence, Mass

Jessi Kirley offers personal and professional leadership development courses that develop self-awareness and cultures of dignity through her company, JKirley Collective, in Florence, MA. She started her business to help people be more compassionate ...

2021 Rising Star Award Nominee: Altagracia Mayi, Mayi LLC, Lawrence, Mass.

Mayi Altagracia offers event management, public relations, and community education through her company, Mayi LLC in Lawrence, MA. As an immigrant, she has always been an entrepreneurial woman and she wanted to develop professionally through her tale...

CWE Client Spotlight: CWE During COVID-19 Crisis: Wendy Mackenzie, Herbalist, Founder and Owner, Everlasting Herb Farm

Wendy Mackenzie is an herbalist, founder, and the owner of Everlasting Herb Farm located just outside Peacham in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.  Her company makes organic herbal body products using many of the plants she and her husband, Matthew ...

CWE Client Spotlight - Small Business During COVID-19 Crisis: Queen Allotey-Pappoe, Queen Adeline, Lowell, MA

Queen Adeleline creates wearable art designed for women on the go.  They focus on sustainability  in our closets and are guided by the principle of living and working in a way that the next generation is guaranteed an equal if not better quality of ...

CWE Client Spotlight - Small Business During COVID-19 Crisis: Cara Nicholl, Baluva, Temple, NH

Cara Nicholl started her company Baluvaha in 2014.  She makes prayer beads and jewelry out of sand.  With CWE’s help Cara reshifted her business  to fit the current market during the COVID crisis.

Tina Paine, Wicked Healthy Vending, Peabody, MA - Small Business & the COVID-19 Crisis

Tina has been a client of CWE for more than 5 years.  Upon receiving an email from CWE regarding an upcoming webinar about the Paycheck Protect Program (PPP), she registered and is glad she did. 

Jo & Huck Truesdell, TidePool Bookshop, Worcester, MA - Small Business & the COVID-19 Crisis

Hoping to open their small brick and mortar business, TidePool Bookshop in March, Jo and Huck Truesdell had to adjust their plans when the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

Alexandra Flores, Happykids Home Childcare, Providence, RI

As an entrepreneur and mother, Alexandra Flores has seen her children, her community’s children and her organization flourish over the past two decades in Providence. This is because in 2000 she founded Happykids Home Childcare, shortly after givin...

Christina Guarini, Nantucket Stripes, Shrewsbury, MA

Pajamas are not something one usually thinks about when heading to the beach, and yet CWE Success Story Christina Guarini did just that.  Motivated by the desire to be active and comfortable at the beach or pool, Christina is filling a gap in swim...

Ann Conner, Harbor Clinical, Hingham, MA

Having worked for over 18 years in the CRO industry, Ann’s decision to shift from working for a large corporation to becoming an entrepreneur was due to a blend of good timing, a passion for the industry, and her entrepreneurial spirit.

Felicia Jadczak and Rachel Murray, She Geeks Out, Boston MA, She Geeks Out, Boston MA

While working in the tech industry in the early 2000s, Rachel didn’t feel as though she had a community of women that she could really talk and connect with. Unable to find existing communities that could satiate this craving, Rachel took it upon he...

Liora Stone, Precision Engineering, Uxbridge, MA

“Over our 31-year history, I’ve developed new business skills that have helped us to grow Precision Engineering to a multi-million-dollar enterprise, serving businesses of all sizes and types—from small businesses to global Fortune 100 companies, in...

Tara Axson, LM Hairstyles, Stoughton, MA

Tara Axson’s first career was engineering, but it failed to bring her joy or any enthusiasm for going to work each day.  When her mother passed away in 2008, Tara realized that life is too short to simply exist--she wanted to really live.  She has a...

Becky Morris, Celebrated, Woonsocket, RI

One day a couple asked her to do a tablescape for their creme-da-la-creme Halloween party. The tablescape was a festive take on Halloween and included soft lavender and rosy orange cupcakes. It defined Becky’s craft and ingenuity (fluffy vegan cupca...

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