About WCEC

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
    • Start-up businesses
    • Experienced businesses seeking growth
    • Underserved population
  • 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.

Meet the Team

  • Executive Director, WCEC - Rana Shanawani
  • Program Director, WBC - Steve Maiorano
  • Grant Manager, WBC - Nichole Russell

  • Board of Directors, WCEC
    • President, Executive Committee - Alyce Hackett, Lifestyle Resources, LLP
    • Secretary, Executive Committee - Robin Berg Tabakin, Esq., Technoforce, LLC
    • Treasurer, Executive Committee - Michele Maybaum - Raich Ende Malter & Co. LLP
    • Board Member – Chris Costello – AT&T
    • Board Member - Elizabeth Gearhart - Gearhart Law
    • Board Member – Angela Margolit – Bluebird Auto Rental Systems
    • Board Member – Peggy McHale – Consultants 2 Go
    • Board Member – Mary Repke – Coakley Business Class, LLC

  • Advisory Board
    • Michel Bitritto – The EcoShelf
    • Judith Sheft - NJIT
WCEC: Women's Center for Entrepreneurship Corp.
  • 311 Main Street
    Chatham, NJ 07928
  • phone: 973.507.9700
  • email: info@wcecnj.org

This U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Cooperative Agreement is partially funded by the SBA. The SBA's funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and limited English proficiency will be made, if requested at least two weeks in advance by contacting Women's Center for Entrepreneurship Corp. at 973-507-9700.