Serving over 50,000 women in NJ for the past 15 years –
Meet the Team Our mission is to provide the tools for women to successfully own, operate and grow their small businesses, thereby investing financially, intellectually and emotionally in their community.
The Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship helps elevate women to business success through education, consulting and entrepreneurial training. Serving women across New Jersey, the Center:
Provides more than 150 classes, seminars and individual consulting sessions each year for more than 5,000 participants, including loan packaging and business plan reviews for women business owners at three levels
Experienced businesses seeking growth
Produces major events, including a Business Loan Fair and full-day conference
In conjunction with the State of New Jersey, offers start-up micro-loans for women wishing to start NJ businesses. These loans are designed for low and moderate-income women for whom traditional lending is not an option.
Co-sponsors many upper level conferences and lectures with the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship at Fairleigh Dickinson University
Provides individual consulting with an attorney specializing in certifications and government procurement
Provides whatever services clients need to successfully open and operate their small businesses.
Most classes and all consulting are offered at no charge to the participants.
Meet the Team
Executive Director, WCEC - Rana Shanawani
Program Director, WBC - Steve Maiorano
Grant Manager, WBC - Nichole Barlow
Board of Directors, WCEC
President, Executive Committee - Marlene Waldock, Because We Are Women
Vice President, Executive Committee - Alyce Hackett, Lifestyle Resources, LLP
Secretary, Executive Committee - Robin Berg Tabakin, Esq., Esq. Technoforce, LLC
Treasurer, Executive Committee - Michele Maybaum - Raich Ende Malter & Co. LLP
Board Member – Chris Costello – AT&T
Board Member – Angela Margolit – Bluebird Auto Rental Systems
Board Member – Peggy McHale – Consultants 2 Go
Board Member – Mary Repke – Coakley Business Class, LLC
Michel Bitritto – The EcoShelf
Forough Ghahramini - Rutgers University
Judith Sheft - NJIT