SBA selects Center for Women & Enterprise to operate Women's Business Center in Vermont


BENNINGTON >> The Center for Women & Enterprise(CWE) is proud to have been selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to establish and operate the Women's Business Center (WBC) in Vermont and provide services to the growing number of women entrepreneurs.

CWE is a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to helping women (and men) navigate the world of business ownership with education, training and technical assistance. CWE also operates centers in Boston and Westborough, MA, Nashua, NH and Providence, RI, and serves over 7,000 clients each year.

The Center for Women & Enterprise officially opened in Boston in 1995 with founding grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This small, local organization served a few hundred women and set the foundation for great things to come. CWE celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, and has provided services to over 30,000 people.

"We are honored to be able to serve current and prospective women entrepreneurs in Vermont." said Susan Rittscher, President & CEO, Center for Women & Enterprise. "We plan to work with the SBA and other partners to bring our programs and services to communities throughout the state through our Community Classroom program."

SBA District Director for Vermont, Darcy Carter,in commenting on the opening of CWE in Vermont said, "We are excited to have CWE bring to Vermont its successful programs for women owned businesses at all stages from startup, growth to established companies. CWE has a deep bench of effective offerings that will empower Vermont women to achieve their entrepreneurial goals and dreams."

CWE is proud to announce that Gwen Pokalo has been hired as Program Manager of the Women Business Center in Vermont. She brings passion and experience to working with entrepreneurs in the state. Gwen was recognized by Vermont Business Magazine with their "Rising Star" award in 2014 for her commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in the community. Currently she is working with CWE Senior Director of Program & Service Delivery, Carmen Diaz-Jusino to research locations and reach out to potential partners and key officials who support women in business.

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About the Center for Women & Enterprise

Established in 1995, the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women start and grow their own businesses.

As New England's leading organization for women entrepreneurs, we work hard to ensure that all women, regardless of their economic status, are provided access to our programs and services. CWE offers scholarships to disadvantaged clients while fostering influential relationships for successful business women at the other end of the financial spectrum.

The Center for Women & Enterprise provides education, training, resources and connections to women (and men) throughout MA, RI, NH and VT, with office locations in Eastern MA (Boston), Central MA (Westborough), New Hampshire (Nashua), and Rhode Island (Providence) and opening 2016 in Vermont.

In addition, CWE is the New England affiliate for Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), serving as their certification arm for women-owned businesses. WBENC Certification is nationally recognized in helping established women business owners access new corporate contracts with organizations that are actively seeking supplier diversity.

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