CWE Rhode Island – Women Business Center

Our programs are designed to assist you in meeting your career milestones.

At the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) we provide opportunities for clients to grow their vision, learn new skills and join a community of peers who inform and inspire them as they enter the world of business. In Providence, Rhode Island since 2002 our dedicated staff and volunteers provide a combination or practical training and personal mentorship through high impact programs.

Our Mission

CWE provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase professional success, personal growth, and financial independence.

Who We Are

The Center for Women & Enterprise operates Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These Centers are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. We offer comprehensive training, resources, counseling and connections to women.

As New England’s leading organization for women entrepreneurs, we work hard to ensure that all women, regardless of their economic status, are provided access to our programs and services.

What We Offer

  • Education & Training
  • Online Learning
  • Financial Education & Support
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Consulting & Mentoring

Community Classroom

Our Community Classroom brings entrepreneurship education outside of CWE’s Centers and into the communities we serves, fostering small business growth by offering trainings and business resources in areas where aspiring and established entrepreneurs need us most. The program ensures that women (and men) have a place to go to get the critical skills, quality training, technical assistance and confidence they need to start and grow a viable business.

Courses in Rhode Island

Planificación de negocios (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.

Work for Yourself 50+ - CWE RI - Sep 26

Work for Yourself@50+ is a workshop 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.

CEP Business Planning (4 weeks, Mon, Tues, & Wed) - CWE RI - Oct 1

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.

Success for Small Business (Harbor One) - CWE RI - Oct 15 & 16

Success for Small Business is a program developed to assist small business owners and provide guidance on how to operate successfully.  

Legal Considerations For New Business Owners - CWE RI - Oct 24

This workshop provides a high-level overview of a range of legal matters that entrepreneurs need to be aware of when starting a new company.  Attending this workshop will help you avoid common mistakes and employ preventative measures that can p...

CWE Rhode Island - CEP Business Planning (4 weeks, Mon, Tues, & Wed) - CWE RI - Nov 4

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.

Marketing Freedom with Mailchimp - CWE RI - Nov 5

In this hands-on hybrid webinar/workshop you will learn how to use Mailchimp as an email marketing tool.

How to Write a Grant - CWE RI - Nov 12

This workshop provides an introduction to grant writing will assist nonprofits and entrepreneurs to increase their capacity to write successful grants.  

Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program - CWE RI - Nov 13

To help provide a level playing field for women business owners, the government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the women’s contracting program.

Marketing on a Shoestring (Innovate Newport) - CWE RI - Nov 14

Competition for a spot in the marketplace and in the media is tough. Take this workshop to: Learn how to maximize your resources to gain visibility for your products and services Discover how to market your product Determine ...

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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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


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