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 2000, 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.

Our Community Expectations

Welcome to the Center for Women & Enterprise community! We are excited to work with you! CWE programming is delivered in alignment with our company’s core values: respect, equity, collaboration, innovation, diversity, and joy. We are committed to providing a safe space for learning and connecting for everyone. We celebrate all humans, irrespective of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or other identifiers. We do our best to approach our programming from a feminist perspective that is secular and non-partisan, and are committed to doing better. We are committed to guaranteeing a safe, enjoyable, and meaningful experience for our clients, facilitators, counselors and staff. By participating in our programs, you agree to these principles. We reserve the right to remove participants from any session in the event of violation of these principles.

Your Commitments:

  • You will keep information from your peers in your CWE experience confidential.
  • You will not repurpose material provided by CWE and your classmates for your own commercial endeavors.
  • You will not actively solicit your peers or instructors

Recurring Workshops in Rhode Island

PVD Self-Employment Program/CEP Business Planning Class [4-Week Virtual Class]-English

This course will help you to take the necessary steps to becoming an independent business owner, while gaining confidence in yourself and your knowledge of small business management.

New classes start regularly and meet Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Cost: $495. Providence residents can apply here to take the class for free. Non-Providence residents, please email to ask about scholarship opportunities and to apply for the class.

Programa de Auto-Empleo de PVD/Planificación de su Negocio [Curso virtual de 10 semanas]-Español

Este curso lo ayudará a tomar los pasos necesarios para convertirse en propietario de un negocio independiente, mientras gana confianza en usted mismo y en su conocimiento de la administración de pequeñas empresas.

Nuevas clases darán inicio regularmente! Dichas clases se reúnen por diez sesiones de dos horas cada sesión.

El objetivo de esta clase es brindar la oportunidad y la información necesaria para desarrollar un plan de negocios, también conocido como plan comercial en español. La perspectiva de escribir un plan de negocios puede parecer insuperable para muchos; por eso, ofrecemos un proceso paso a paso para lograr la meta deseada: Un Plan de Negocios que (1) sea una guía para su negocio y (2) sirva como un documento para obtener financiamiento. Más aún, esta clase provee un foro y una oportunidad para explorar y discutir el potencial de su negocio (y el potencial propio como propietario de un negocio), para aquellos que no están seguros y necesitan enfocar sus ideas.

Residentes de Providence deben aplicar aquí para tomar la clase gratis y recibir asesoría adicional individualizada. Los que viven fuera de Providence, pueden enviar un correo electrónico a para preguntar sobre oportunidades de becas y para aplicar al programa.

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. Please contact us by emailing, or calling 401-277-0800.


Rhode Island

Lindsey Ramirez
Interim Director - Rhode Island
(401) 427-6531

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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