“Behind every successful woman there is an empowering story!”
This is so true. The Women Entrepreneurs’ Network (WEN) business breakfast series is a NJSBDC at Rutgers-Newark program started in 2005 and designed for women entrepreneurs to give them a sacred place and space to hear empowering stories of how other women have succeeded in business and career. Attending these intimate business breakfast meetings, gives women entrepreneurs an opportunity to meet role models in business and make contact with professional career women who are power brokers in their private or public professional sectors, as well as network with other women of like minds with the same aspirations for success through entrepreneurship while making contacts that matter.
Director, US Department of Commerce
Susan Widmer is Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Commercial Service, Northern New Jersey Office. Her team of trade specialists counsel small and medium-sized export ready companies to sell their U.S. made goods and services overseas. The Commercial Service has a global network of trade professionals located throughout the U.S. and in U.S. Embassies and Consulates in nearly 80 countries. Whether you’re looking to make your first sale or expand to additional markets, the Commercial Service offers trade counseling, business matchmaking, market intelligence, and trade event support to assist.
Susan has been with the Commerce Department for over 20 years, working the last 6 years in New Jersey. She has extensive experience working in overseas markets, having traveled and worked on projects throughout the world, most recently at the Consulate in Johannesburg, South Africa (2016). But also, having led trade missions to India in 2014 and China in 2015. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Economy from Muhlenberg College and a Master of Public Policy, specializing in international trade policy, from the University of Chicago.
Business Opportunity & Economic Development Specialist, SBA
Jennifer Krottinger is a Business Opportunity and Economic Development Specialist, and District Office Technical Representative for Women’s Business Centers (WBC), at the United States Small Business Administration District Office in Newark, New Jersey. Her responsibilities include compliance, vendor support, and outreach/training for government contracting including certifications, partnership cultivation and development, and trainings for marketing, and oversight, liaison, and monitoring for WBCs.
Jennifer has 20+ years of working in the private and public sectors related to business. Prior to working for SBA, Jennifer was the Technical Business Development Manager for the Las Sartenejeñas Cooperative, and award-winning women owned, operated and led, sewing and handicraft business in Sarteneja, Belize. She founded the cooperative with 10 women while serving as a Business and Organizational Development Strengthening Advisor with Peace Corps from 2011-15, and in 2013, the Cooperative won the Charlotte Daniel Champions of Change Award from World Connect, an award given once a year out of 100+ projects and 1,000 projects worldwide. Jennifer was named a prominent social change leader by The Huffington Post, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) began working with the Cooperative to provide grant funds for business development, as result of the sustainably developed and profitable business.
Certification Auditor, State Department of Treasury
John Cronin is a Certification Auditor with The State of New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services. His job is to review and approve State of New Jersey certification applications for women and minority businesses. (MBE; WBE: MWBE). He also reviews and approves New Jersey Small Business Vendor Registration applications (SBE), Veteran Owned Business (VOB), and Service Related Veteran Owned Business (DVOB)
John received his BSBA degree from Western New England University. We went on to receive an MBA from New York University Graduate School of Business. Most of his career has been in banking. For many years, he was board member and Chairman of The New Jersey Development Authority For Small Businesses, Minorities And Women’s Enterprises