History

Evolution of WRENIn 1994, low-income women in rural northern New Hampshire had few opportunities to make a living aligned with their talents and aspirations. WREN's founders changed this by designing and delivering a program that blended business development training and peer support. Eight months later, twelve WREN pioneers completed the program and were operating their own enterprises. All credited the support they gave and received as critical to their perseverance and success. Peer support became a key element in our work to build what we now identify as the 'WREN Community.'

Today, WREN is a not for profit, women-led, membership organization of nearly a thousand women and men living primarily in the North Country of New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Members continue to look to WREN for a range of programs, resources and networking opportunities. Over the last two decades, we have assisted nearly 1900 business owners, offering emerging and established business owners a variety of entrepreneurial development support.

In addition to all of the above, WREN has taken a leadership role in revitalizing Bethlehem's Main Street and has served as a national model for rural economic and community development.

1994-2014 Then & Now

First WRENs 1994 | Past and Present Board Members + Staff