Center for Women & Enterprise wins 2015 Rhode Island SBA District Director Award.

RHODE ISLAND- SBA District Director Mark S. Hayward presented the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) staff members, Susan Rittscher, President & CEO, and Carmen Diaz-Jusino, Director of New Enterprise with the 2015 Rhode Island SBA District Director Award at the Salute To Small Business luncheon on May 13.

The award  is presented “in recognition of CWE’s collaboration with the Rhode Island District Office, as well as other resource partners, and their unwavering effort to assist the entrepreneurial community,” said Mark Hayward in the  Rhode Island Small Business Journal.

“The Center for Women & Enterprise is grateful for the resources and collaborations that the Small Business Administration brings to CWE and the people we serve,” said Susan Rittscher.  “Special thanks to Mark Hayward, District Director, Joan Moran, Deputy District Director, Rhode Island  SBA and Seth Goodall, Regional Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration as well as the rest of the SBA staff for their unwavering support.”

About the Center for Women & Enterprise

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. CWE offers scholarships to disadvantaged clients while fostering influential relationships for successful business women at the other end of the financial spectrum.

The Center for Women & Enterprise provides education, training, resources and connections to women (and men) through locations in Boston, MA; Worcester, MA; and Providence, RI.

 In addition, CWE is the New England affiliate for Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), serving as their certification arm for women-owned businesses. WBENC Certification is nationally recognized in helping established women business owners access new corporate contracts with organizations that are actively seeking supplier diversity. 

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About the Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

The SBA provides assistances primarily through its four programmatic functions:

Access to Capital (Business Financing)

SBA provides small businesses with an array of financing for small businesses from the smallest needs in microlending - to substantial debt and equity investment capital (venture capital).

Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Information, Technical Assistance & Training)

SBA provides free individual face-to-face, and internet counseling for small businesses, and low-cost training to nascent entrepreneurs and established small businesses in over 1,800 locations throughout the United States and US territories.

Government Contracting (Federal Procurement)

In keeping with the mandate of Section 15(g) of the Small Business Act, SBA's Office of Government Contracting sets goals with other federal departments and agencies to reach the statutory goal of 23 percent in prime contract dollars to small businesses. This office also provides small businesses with subcontracting procurement opportunities, outreach programs, and training.

Advocacy (Voice for Small Business)

Created in 1978, this Office reviews Congressional legislation and testifies on behalf of small business. It also assesses the impact of the regulatory burden on behalf of small businesses. Additionally, it conducts a vast array of research on American small businesses and the small business environment. The Chief Counsel of this office is appointed by the President of the United States.

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