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Stay Positive–and Productive–While You’re Staying at Home! Online Business, Marketing and Tech Courses Offered by WREN 

The fears and uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic can be overwhelming. It’s easy to think that going into hibernation is the best solution for now. At WREN, however, hunkering down at home has a whole different meaning this spring. In response to the “new normal,” WREN is rolling out a series of online courses that will help small business owners stay positive, productive, and prepared for whatever may come, all right from home.

“For 25 years, WREN has been helping people in the North Country start and grow their businesses,” said Pam Sullivan, Executive Director. “Our courses and workshops on business, marketing and technology are now more important than ever — and we’ve adapted many of them to live online streaming.”

WREN, headquartered in Bethlehem, NH, also announced that they’ve added new courses specifically created to guide organizations and individuals through the new realities of COVID-19. Online offerings are all low cost — or even free if you qualify for participation in WREN’s Microenterprise Grant program. WREN is also hosting a new and free live-streaming discussion series, Roundtable Wednesdays @ WREN.

“Our online courses cover a range of topics, including everyday business essentials, such as our “Introduction to the World of WordPress” online workshop series, and timely topics for this spring season. From “Remote Work Technologies, A-Z” to “Take Your Brick and Mortar Shop Online,” our new online courses are all about embracing flexibility. With our customer service, marketing, and tech-themed online courses, there really is something for everyone in this new online format,” Sullivan continued.

To see a complete list of courses and descriptions, go online to

WREN is here to help you navigate through these troubling times. If you have specific questions and needs, email Pam Sullivan,, and Pam and her team may be able to connect you with the resources you need.

See if you qualify for FREE courses through the WREN’s Microenterprise Grant program. It’s quick and easy. As a grant recipient you can have online access to the workshops as well as 1:1 technical assistance with industry experts for FREE.

For general questions and to learn more about the CDBG Grant program, contact Caitlin Farrar, Microenterprise, Marketing, and Membership Coordinator at


Courses are starting soon, so don’t miss out. The team at WREN looks forward to “seeing” you (remotely!) soon.

WREN Announces the Launch of The HUB at WREN

Innovation and community: how do they go hand in hand? For WREN, the answer this season is The HUB, a new community work space within The Gallery at WREN in Bethlehem Village.

This vibrant community space is available to all participants in WREN’s new membership programs, as well as non-members looking to experience The HUB before they commit to a membership, and day visitors just passing through town. Amenities within The HUB include high speed wireless internet, printers, a small kitchen area, and an inviting meeting space available by reservation.  In addition to these offerings, The HUB will also play host to rotating monthly programming, including workshops, lunch meet-ups, one-on-one opportunities with business advisors and mentors, and local networking events.

The concept of The HUB came to fruition during WREN’s 2019 Reimagining Initiative, in which the WREN Board of Directors collected information from WREN stakeholders and community members regarding the future of the organization. Through surveys, public outreach sessions, and a two-day visioning workshop, one clear theme emerged: participants wanted a space in the North Country that would offer networking spaces and technical assistance programs for the community, as well as guidance and market access for emerging entrepreneurs, artists, and makers who were seeking to develop and grow their business. The HUB represents WREN’s commitment to the community and to reinventing itself as a sustainable organization that will support better lives and livelihoods, enhance the vitality of Bethlehem’s Main Street, and practice and promote innovation in rural economic development.

The HUB, located at 2013 Main Street, is open Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm and Saturday through Sunday, 11am-5pm. WREN members will have unlimited access to The HUB during operating hours, while HUB Day ($10) and HUB 7-Day ($30) passes are available for purchase at Local Works Marketplace at WREN.

WREN Announces Pam Sullivan as New Executive Director

The Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN) announced that Pam Sullivan has been chosen as Executive Director of WREN. Ms. Sullivan brings more than 30 years of business management, fundraising, and strategic marketing experience serving as the founder, president, and creative director of Sullivan Creative. Headquartered in Concord, Sullivan Creative has been in business for 33 years and has received numerous awards for creative, communication and design excellence, including the prestigious Direct Marketing Association’s ECHO Award. Sullivan will continue to manage the firm on a part-time basis.

Sullivan has managed and marketed numerous art/craft exhibits, tourist events, and conferences. She has also worked with nonprofits in securing grants and sponsorships, and in 2017 acted as the contract Executive Director for Las Artistas, a nonprofit arts organization in El Paso, TX. She has also served as the lead consultant for the NH Grand program. Sullivan will be responsible for the overall management of WREN including budgeting, marketing, programming, strategic partnerships and grant compliance.

”We are very excited Pam accepted the Executive Director position,” commented Mary Secor, president, WREN Board of Directors. “She has demonstrated exceptional commitment, enthusiasm, and dedication to WREN, and her expertise and can-do attitude will be an asset to the entire organization. She is well aware of the challenges that lie ahead, and her experience working with small businesses, nonprofit organizations, chambers of commerce, destination marketing organizations, and arts and cultural organizations, such as the League of NH Craftsmen, will help WREN create valuable benefits and networking opportunities for WREN business members and entrepreneurs.”

WREN was founded 25 years ago, powered by rural women seeking better lives and livelihoods. WREN’s work has impacted thousands of people across New Hampshire’s North Country providing technical assistance training and market access for local entrepreneurs and artists. In addition to securing grant funding from a number of regional funders, WREN drew financial support from the Ms. Foundation, the Aspen Institute, USDA/Rural Development and HUD. WREN also gained recognition within the national microenterprise development sector for its innovative efforts in addressing the needs of rural entrepreneurs.

The Local Works Marketplace and The Gallery at WREN has played a significant role in revitalizing the town of Bethlehem by providing educational and community programming and events for the entire region.

Sullivan recently bought a house and moved fulltime to Bethlehem where she lives with her husband, Lee Richmond. WREN will be organizing a meet and greet to provide WREN members an opportunity to meet her and hear plans for 2020, including the introduction of the new HUB at WREN program.

WREN Celebrated First Friday with the Opening of “Where Land Meets Sky”

The Gallery at WREN in Bethlehem celebrated the opening of “Where Land Meets Sky” on Friday Evening September 6th. Pictured here from (l to r) artist Gisele Thompson, Gallery Manager Katherine Ferrier, artist Michele Johnson, and sponsor Carol Walker, from Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank, a long-time supporter of WREN and its artists.

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of WREN, a nationally recognized not-for-profit in Bethlehem that provides and supports strategies for entrepreneurial development, access to markets, Main Street revitalization, and rural economic development.

Established in 2001, The Gallery at WREN sets the standard for fine art galleries in the North Country, and serves as a cultural outlet for the creative expression of a community, where the public can gather to en- joy, learn about and appreciate art. The Gallery was the original catalyst for Bethlehem’s First Friday events on Main Street back in 2012. In addition to monthly Meet the Artist receptions during First Friday, the Gallery hosts a variety of events throughout the year including artist talks, demonstrations, slideshows, and workshops, all aimed at directly engaging the community with art and art-making.

Time to Shop: Re-imagined WREN Reopens in Beautiful Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM – WREN (Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network) is out of hibernation. This past winter, the organization, which was founded in 1994, closed its doors on December 31, 2018.

This spring, when WREN came out of a winter’s torpor, moving at a thoughtful pace to full steam ahead, the small staff, along with new members on the board of directors, the local businesses and artisan community, re-imagined the organization.

On June 21 the store and gallery opened in its original location at 2013 Main Street in Bethlehem. Mary Secor, new to the board of directors and Laura Barrington, WREN’s store and gallery manager, were on hand to tell of new plans, new programs and a new outlook.


The WREN Board and current staff continue to move the organization forward. Following a period of reflection and engagement with our members and partners this past winter, WREN has begun a measured and thoughtful reemergence. All of our efforts and investments will actively uphold our founding mission of supporting better lives and livelihoods, while embracing the needs and desires of the next generation of WREN members. PLEASE NOTE: We have extended all current memberships without charge through the end of 2019. 

We continue to offer support and opportunities for those wanting to start or grow their businesses. Check out our classes scheduled through early summer on our Classes & Events page. We continue to offer no cost business development support to income eligible emerging and established business owners living in New Hampshire. For example, a single person residing in Grafton County qualifies if her/his household income is at or below $40,900. For more info, contact In late June, our Main Street Bethlehem retail store reopened, providing a marketplace for nearly one hundred WREN members and contributing to the growing vitality of Bethlehem's Main Street..

2019 marks WREN’s 25th year. We began in 1994 with twelve bold and resourceful women working to create opportunities for themselves and others. We continue that work today. We hope you will join us in celebrating all that WREN has done and will do in the years ahead!