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Gwen Pokalo

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Gwen Pokalo, Center for Women and Enterprise

Gwen is the Director of the Vermont Women’s Business Center, Center for Women & Enterprise Vermont. Gwen joined CWE’s exciting tradition of developing & delivering high quality programming and technical assistance to women in business in 2016. Gwen has worked in local economic development in a variety of capacities and environments. She holds an MS in Community Development & Economic Development from the University of Vermont, where she developed a microbusiness incubator to assist emerging Vermont value-added-food and artisan entrepreneurs through a retail store and academic technical assistance model. She owns a small business consulting firm offering business plan and pitch writing, finance and operation strategy support, and delivering marketing presentations. Before coming on board with CWE, Gwen worked as Director of the Women’s Small Business Program and was awarded Vermont Business Magazine’s Rising Star Award. While there, she further developed the 25-year-old organization to expand offerings in business planning, personal finance, and networking. She held a contract with the Vt Small Business Development providing one-on-one technical assistance to nascent and early-growth stage entrepreneurs. She has taught entrepreneurship and business skills at a variety of institutions, including the University of Vermont, Green Mountain College, the Community College of Vermont, and the Governor’s Institute of Vermont. Gwen has also worked in rural development research, human services, and brief stints in Honduras and Costa Rica.

Gwen has been involved with WBON for around 6 years. She has attended the fall and spring conferences throughout that time and has found the conferences to be enriching and invigorating. Gwen’s first WBON conference was the fall conference at Basin Harbor Club, and it was there that she first saw the power and possibility of the women’s business community. She has presented at a few chapter meetings and attends chapter meetings to hear about the needs and interests of women entrepreneurs. 


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