The Clowes Fund Donates $20,000 to Support Community Classroom Program in Claremont, New Hampshire

New Hampshire - June 2016 - The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) today announced it received a $20,000 grant, awarded by The Clowes Fund. The support will allow CWE to provide entrepreneurial education for low-income women in the Claremont, New Hampshire region through its Community Classroom program.

The Community Classroom program brings entrepreneurship education outside of CWE’s centers and into the communities it 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. 

As a leading economic development organization with proven success in New England, CWE has established itself as a model for training, counseling, and innovative approaches to small business assistance. In 2015 alone, the Center for Women & Enterprise trained and counseled over 3,860 women (and men), helped entrepreneurs create and/or nurture over 3,200 jobs, and helped entrepreneurs generate over $94 million in wages. 

President and CEO Susan Rittscher said “We are so appreciative of the Clowes Fund grant.  It is because of the generous support from valuable donors like The Clowes Fund that our organization is able to help women become economically self-sufficient through business and entrepreneurship.”

About The Clowes Fund
The Clowes Fund, a Family Foundation, supports organizations and programs that focus primarily on socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals. Funding is concentrated in four geographic regions in New England, including parts of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Priorities vary in each state.  In New Hampshire, the fund supports social services interests in areas across New Hampshire with growing populations of immigrants, refugees and asylees. Priority is given to Grafton, Sullivan and Cheshire counties.

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; Westborough, MA; Nashua, NH; Providence, RI; and Burlington, VT.

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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