“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals.”

Jean Vanier


We are a growing community of like-minded women business owners. What binds us together is a dream. We all seek to change the world in some small way, and to improve the lives of ourselves, our families and our communities. We share the challenges which face all women who strive to compete in the marketplace of ideas, products and services.

In the midst of your busy lives, it’s important to get together with one another to energize your spirit and motivation to continue your journey. Periodically, the WCEC holds panel discussions and other gatherings to allow you to meet and interact with one another in a casual and social setting.

We have no set schedule, and sometimes these events crop up spontaneously.

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From Pandemic to Progress

How Small Businesses Can Prosper During COVID & Beyond

Thursday, June 24, 2021 from 9:00am-1:30pm

Bringing women business owners in NJ, NY & PA together to network, share business challenges, and learn strategies to THRIVE and survive, even during the pandemic.

Breakout topics: marketing, funding, contracting, & empowering diversity


US Senator Cory Booker

US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Natalie Madeira Cofield,

SBA Office of Women’s Business Ownership

Corinne Hodges,

Association of Women’s Business Centers

Event Sponsors

Event Partners

Events in The Community

Ready – Fire – Aim! The Power of Momentum

Friday, May 21, 2021

Join us as Entrepreneur, Wellness Expert and Motivational Speaker, Emily Vavra shares how you can achieve your own success when you: Embrace who you are and trust your instincts, Build a healthy relationship with failure, Raise your neuroplasticity Register here

Past Events

Black History Month – Small Business Funding Update

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

In honor of Black History Month, the WCEC hosted a Zoom Meeting focused on current funding opportunities for women and people of color. As impacts of the on-going pandemic continue to suppress companies of all sizes, it is clear that some entities have been hit harder than others. Watch recording here

Small Business Webinar – PPP Loans

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Hosted by the office of Congresswomen Mikie Sherrill, with guest panelists, including WCEC Executive Director Rana Shanawani, to answer questions that New Jersey residents may have about the new round of PPP loans. Watch recording here

Group Business Counseling & Open Networking

Thursday, January 21, 2021

The first hour is facilitated discussion followed by open networking.

We’ll be using the Remo virtual conference platform. Participants can hop from one table to the next, meeting new business owners & networking in a powerful and meaningful way. Conference registration includes a profile to add your photo, LinkedIn profile, Calendar/scheduling service, & more.

Become An Ally:

Entrepreneurs & Racial Equality

Thursday, December 17, 2020



Since the death of George Floyd in May, businesses of all sizes have assessed what role to play in our national discussion on racial injustice – Black Lives Matter. As a small business owner, how do you balance your personal values with your business goals to meet this moment?

Join us for an inspiring panel discussion with three NJ small business owners who are BLM allies to hear about choices they’re making to champion change and to build diversity, equity and inclusion into their business practices.


Hester Agudosi, Chief Diversity Officer, NJ Office of Diversity & Inclusion


JaLeena Anthony, Owner, Create That Party

South Plainfield, NJ

Kris Ohleth, Owner, Garden State Kitchen

Orange, NJ

Bettina Peets, Owner, Adventures for the Soul

Bloomfield, NJ

Wine, Women & Shoes

Empowering Entrepreneurial Women

For 22 years, the Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) has worked to support the network of Women’s Business Centers, like the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship, to secure economic justice by providing training, counseling and mentoring for existing and start-up businesses. This year, they announced a new fundraiser – Wine, Women & Shoes.

This program includes a live auction, entertainment and empowering messages about entrepreneurship, all while supporting the mission of the AWBC.

We’ve partnered with the Wall Street Journal

Women In the Workplace Forum

This year’s Women In the Workplace forum takes place for the first time online, with a renewed focus on actionable advice and insight. Together, senior business leaders will examine how companies and individuals can stay focused on building better, more inclusive, workplaces during this global crisis. They’ll discuss revealing new data from LeanIn.org and McKinsey on how the pandemic has impacted business priorities, then participate in deep-dive group discussions and an interactive town hall that will provide playbooks for the unique challenges and opportunities this critical moment presents for top executives around the world.

September 30, 2020 from 11:00am-8:45pm

30% off Professional Pass with code WCEC30

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