Our Impact - CWE Rhode Island Women's Business Center

Women (and men) annually receive programs and services they need to transform their lives and make a real impact on the local economy in terms of job creation and increased wages.

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A History of Success

In 2019

  • 1,346
    Number of people who participated in CWE programs and events
  • 940
    Number of people CWE trained and counseled
  • 790
    Number of jobs CWE helped entrepreneurs create and/or nurture
  • $22 M
    Amount of wages CWE helped entrepreneurs generate


Since 2000


  • 16,000
    Number of people CWE has trained
  • 16,200
    Number of jobs CWE supported the creation of
  • $470 M
    Amount of wages CWE helped entrepreneurs generate

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Client Demographics

  • 80%
  • 49%
    Low to Moderate Income
  • 48%
    People of Color
  • 15%
  • 5%

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Impact on Participants

  • 40%
    Start a business (25% said plans to start put on hold due to COVID crisis)
  • 81%
    Increase their understanding of business and entrepreneurship
  • 36%
    Increase the revenue of an existing business (of those, 60% said their revenue then decreased due to COVID crisis), (43% attributed the lack of increase to the COVID crisis)
  • 32%
    Improved their financial situation (of those, 38% said their income then decreased due to the COVID crisis)
  • 14%
    Added employees to their company (21% plans to hire put on hold due to COVID crisis)
  • 41%
    Hired employees (0% put plans to hire on hold due to COVID crisis)