Center for Women & Enterprise Receives $20,000 from Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation

Boston, Mass., July 2016 – The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) today announced it received a $20,000 grant, awarded by the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation. The support will allow CWE to provide entrepreneurial and financial literacy education in Central Massachusetts region.

The Center for Women & Enterprise is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women start and grow their own businesses.  CWE works to ensure that all women, regardless of their economic status, are provided access to their programs and services. 

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, CWE 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.   

The funds from the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation will support entrepreneurial and financial literacy education in Central MA, with CWE programs available for new entrepreneurs just starting a business and existing business owners looking to build and grow their businesses. “At CWE, we provide education, training and resources to help women (and men) start, grow and maintain a viable business.  Financial literacy is key to the success of entrepreneurs realizing their dreams of owning a business, said Susan Rittscher, CEO, Center for Women & Enterprise. It is because of the support from valuable partners like Middlesex Savings Bank that our organization is able to help them become economically self-sufficient through business and entrepreneurship.”

Local residents can see how the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation grant and local funds are benefiting CWE by visiting us at www.CWEonline.org

“Middlesex Savings Bank has always cared deeply about the communities we serve,” said Dana Neshe, president of the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation. “Through the Foundation grants, we are able to provide support to the people and organizations who work the hardest to both solve problems and create opportunities for our neighbors. We are pleased to support Center for Women & Enterprise this year with the awarded grant.”

About the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation

The Foundation was established in 2000 to carry out further the philanthropic mission of Middlesex Savings Bank by supporting the communities served by the Bank. Over the past 15 years, the Foundation has provided more than $3 million in grants to over 300 nonprofit organizations, supporting services, and programs in a wide variety of fields, including education, and basic human services. Since the inception of the Foundation, Middlesex Savings Bank has funded the endowment with over $15 million in contributions. More information is available at https://www.middlesexbank.com/community-and-us/community-support/Pages/charitable-foundation.aspx.

About Middlesex Savings Bank

Middlesex Savings Bank, founded in 1835 and headquartered in Natick, Mass., is a mutual savings bank. As one of the largest independent banks in Massachusetts with assets exceeding $4 billion, the bank has been committed to providing outstanding value in consumer banking and business banking products for 180 years. The FDIC and DIF insured bank has 29 branch offices located in 23 communities – Acton, Ashland, Bedford, Bellingham, Boxborough, Concord, Framingham, Franklin, Groton, Holliston, Hopkinton, Littleton, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Natick, Needham, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley, and Westford. For more information, please visit www.middlesexbank.com, www.facebook.com/connectwithmsb and www.twitter.com/middlesexbank.

About Center for Women and 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. 

To learn more about CWE visit, www.CWEonline.org.  Find CWE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CenterforWomenandEnterprise , Twitter at www.twitter.com/CWETalk and LinkedIn, Friends of Center for Women & Enterprise.