CWE Rhode Island – Women's Business Center

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The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a non-profit economic empowerment organization whose mission is to strengthen communities and the economy by supporting women to launch and successfully sustain businesses.  Opened in 2002, the Rhode Island Women's Business Center operates in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  We offer consultations, workshops and networking opportunities to help you reach your entrepreneurial goals.

Courses in Rhode Island

Planificación de negocios (virtual, 12 sesiones) - CWE RI

Este curso lo ayudará a tomar los pasos necesarios para convertirse en un empresario independiente, mientras adquiere confianza en usted mismo y en su conocimiento de la gestión de pequeñas empresas.

CEP Business Planning ( Virtual, 12 sessions) - CWE RI

Do you have an idea for a business that you want to launch or explore more deeply? Have you always dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur, but were never sure just where to start? This course will help you to take the necessary steps to becoming...

Pasos para empezar un negocio (Virtual) - CWE RI - Oct 21

Si usted está pensando en ser dueño de un negocio o se encuentran en las primeras etapas de iniciar uno, entonces este taller es para usted. 

Reaching Your Customers in a Post-Pandemic World (Virtual) - CWE RI - Oct 28

We continue to be in a business and economic crisis and things are likely to remain "not normal" for some time to come, even as the economy begins to open back up. This means you need to be strategic about your planning and communications in order t...

AARP Work For Yourself @ 50+ (Virtual) - CWE RI - Nov 2

Work for Yourself@50+ is a webinar to help you gain the knowledge, support, and resources you need to make informed decisions about working for yourself and take the right first steps toward successful self-employment.

Panel Discussion: Where Is The Money? - CWE RI - Nov 4

Are you in the process of starting your business or do you need financing to expand your business? Join this lender panel discussion where you will learn about business loan products, services, and the stipulations. Our invited speakers will be Bank...

Exploring Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources - CWE RI - Nov 10

This workshop is presented by a member of the local SBA team and is designed to help entrepreneurs understand the various SBA programs and services available to help them start or expand a business. Topics covered include: -Technical Assis...

Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program - CWE RI - Nov 19

To help provide a level playing field for women business owners in industries where they have been historically underrepresented, the federal government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the women’s contracti...

Understand and Improve Your Credit (Virtual) - CWE RI - Dec 15

Learn about how credit works and why it matters. We will discuss how to maintenance a positive score and how to correct errors on the report. Knowledge is power, the more you understand credit, the better equipped you will be to make sound financial...

Funding & Resources Available to Small Business During COVID Crisis and Recovery

Please click on the link below to see resources available to entrepreneurs in central Massachusetts in the wake of the COVID pandemic.  To schedule a one-on-one consultation to discuss recovery strategies for your business please click here.

Small Business Administration

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Learn More

Rhode Island

Veronica Martinez
Director - Rhode Island
(401) 427-6532
Nancy Vargas
Program Manager - Rhode Island
(401) 427-6535
Sarah Giguere
Program Coordinator - RI
(401) 427-6531
Angela Nitschke
Project Manager - COVID Business Recover Rhode Island
(401) 427-6534

Contact Us

For more information about CWE, what we offer and how we can support you in business please email or call us at 401-277-0800.

Rhode Island l 132 George M. Cohan Blvd., Providence, RI L 401-277-0800

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