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

Exploring Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources - CWE RI - April 25

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

Business Plan Basics - CWE RI - Apr 22

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Planificación de su Negocio (4 semanas, lun, mie, y jue) - CWE RI - abr 22

¿ Tiene una idea para un negocio que desea iniciar o quizás explorar más profundamente? ¿Siempre has soñado con ser empresario, pero no esta seguro de dónde empezar? Este curso puede ayudarle a tomar los pasos necesarios para convertirse en un propi...

Small Business Certifications and Contracting Panel - CWE RI - Apr 23

The panel will provide information on how to get certified as a women-owned business and a minority-owned business. If your business is already certified or you plan on certifying it, we’ll provide useful tips on how to use your certification to sec...

Pasos para empezar un negocio - CWE RI - abr 23

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.

Intellectual Property: Monetization and Licensing - CWE RI - Apr 25

This workshop provides a high-level overview on how entrepreneurs can monetize and license their intellectual property.

Expert Series Online Webinar: Submit a Winning Bid - Online Learning - May 1

Join this webinar to learn: What are the main things they can expect to see on an RFP? What are common errors that you have seen? What can they do to prepare right now even if there’s no RFP for them to bid on yet? ...

Business Plan Basics - CWE RI - May 2

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan

CEP Business Planning (4 weeks, Mon, Tue & Thu) - CWE RI - May 6

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?

Marketing con un presupuesto limitado - CWE RI - may 7

La competencia para obtener un un lugar en el Mercado es díficil. Tome este taller para: Aprender como maximizar sus recursos y obtener visibilidad para sus productos y servicios Descubrir como mercadear su producto Dete...

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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