Learn – Connect – Celebrate with Vermont’s Women Owned Businesses

Monday, May 22, 2023 | Rutland, VT

Join us in Rutland as we showcase and support womxn-owned businesses with: workshops, speed networking (QuickConnect) with lenders and resource providers, stops into downtown businesses, and an evening reception.

Whether you own a business, are thinking of starting one, or just want to see what Vermont’s small business community has to offer, all are welcome!

You decide how you will navigate your options for the day:

  • 12-1:30 pm: Workshop

Building Your Business Model (see below for details)

  • 1:30-3 pm: Workshop

9 Steps to Increasing Awareness for Your Business & Ask Us Anything (see below for details)

  • 3- 4 pm: Rutland Business Hop

Check out the area’s vibrant small business community. Pick-up a map at The Hub CoWorks (67 Merchants Row) or come back to this page to download one soon.

  • 4-5:30 pm: QuickConnect

Connect with lenders and statewide service providers offering insights and materials to help your small business. Start collaborations and conversations with lenders, business advisors, and experts

  • 5:30-7 pm: Reception & Networking hosted by the Vermont Women’s Fund

Celebrate the day with food, fun, and continue your networking conversations

All activities are free. Walk-ins are welcome but we kindly ask that you register so we can plan the day.

Questions? Please contact Sara at or 802.431.8100.


Building Your Business Model

12-1:30 pm at The Hub CoWorks, 67 Merchant Row, Rutland

In this 90-minute session, you’ll hear from Center for Women & Enterprise (home of VT’s Women’s Business Center) CNPP Project Manager, business coach, and social entrepreneur Faye Longo on all things Business Model Canvas. You’ll leave this workshop with a general and complete overview of what a Business Model Canvas is, a working draft of your own, a couple templates to build from, and connections for next steps!

Whether you’re a BMC guru or not sure what a Business Model Canvas is – this class is for you!

Instructor: Faye Longo, CWE CNPP Project Manager

9 Steps to Increasing Awareness for Your Business & Ask Us Anything

1:30-3 pm at The Hub CoWorks, 67 Merchant Row, Rutland

Learn some easy tips to:

  • Build relationships with your target audiences
  • Enhance your business brand
  • Clarify your message to all of your marketing channels

And ask our panel your most pressing questions about marketing, social media, eCommerce,

This event is free; please register ahead of time.

Instructor: Phyllis Ershowsky, VtSBDC & CNPP Marketing & Communications Specialist


Phyllis Ershowsky, VtSBDC & CNPP Marketing & Communications Specialist

Sara Munro, CNPP Project Coordinator at VtSBDC

Nancy Shuttleworth, VtSBDC Business Advisor for Bennington & Rutland Counties


This day is brought to you by our hosts Vermont Small Business Development Center, Small Business Administration Vermont District Office, Vermont Women’s Fund, CEDRR, Downtown Rutland Partnership, and Center for Women & Enterprise,.

This event is in partnership with the Community Navigator Pilot Program, funded in part through a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration.