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

Power Forward! Strategic Plan for Growth - CWE RI -October 17

This accelerator program is designed for established business owners who have not yet grown their firms to substantial levels of revenue or employment. If you are an entrepreneur  ready to  lead your business to the next phase, this program is for yo...

Creating a Marketing Plan (3 week Intensive Course) - CWE RI - October 22

As an entrepreneur, everything you do is a marketing opportunity. It is essential for you to reach potential customers and develop loyalty in ways that are practical, convincing, clear, and urgent.

Steps to Starting a Business - CWE RI - October 23

If you are considering starting a business or in the early stages of launching one, this workshop will outline everything you need to know. 

Maximizing your Customers Experience - CWE RI - October 25

Your business is established and you are ready to take the next steps. Start first with your customers. Engage with them; understand what it is that keeps them coming back to you again and again. Enhance those components of your business that make y...

Women and Minority Owned Business Certification - CWE RI - October 29

Certified women/minority owned businesses can earn lucrative contracts with the government.Gain an  understanding of the eligibility requirements and an overview  of how women and minority enterprises can benefit.

Retail Boot Camp and Mentoring Program - CWE Rhode Island - October

Retail Boot Camp (RBC) will prepare serious Rho de Island entrepreneurs for the opening of their brick-and-mortar retail establishment. 

Steps to Starting a Business - CWE RI - November 1

If you are considering starting a business or in the early stages of launching one, this workshop will outline everything you need to know.

Life in Business - CWE RI - November 5

Learn the 3 T's of planning for your Business.  This workshop is designed for the start-up or small business owner. Learn to create more tax advantages , get answers to your tax questions , and plan for your future.

Branding for your Small Business - CWE RI - November 8

A lot of people think “branding” is only for Audi, Apple and American Express. The truth is companies of all   sizes need to develop a brand. 

Exploring Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources - CWE RI - November 13

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.

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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