Project Director for the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) of New England Hired

Providence, RI – September 2016 -- The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is pleased to announced that Brian LaFauci has joined the organization as Director for the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) of New England. 

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration as part of the national $1.5 million grant supporting the expansion of the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) program.  The New England VBOC, located in Providence, Rhode Island, supports transitioning service members as they consider starting or growing veteran owned small businesses.

Brian brings a combination of military service and business development experience to his new position with NE VBOC.  He served his country for 12 years, joining the RI Air National Guard in 2002.  During this time, he was activated for 18-months and managed all RI Air National Guard deployments during one of the country’s heaviest deployment periods. Most recently, Brian served as Program Manager for the RI Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Hero2Hired program. 

“We are pleased to have Brian on board and look forward to working with the veteran and active duty service members and their families to provide them with the tools and resources needed to start and run their businesses,” said Susan Rittscher, President & CEO, Center for Women & Enterprise.    “CWE’s experience in delivering programs to people in transition, aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners, will enable us to uniquely curate our programs and services for the veteran population.”

CWE is a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to helping people start, grow and maintain a viable business.  Business development services, trainings and workshops will be provided by CWE Centers to VBOC clients throughout New England.

 “SBA is thrilled to welcome CWE and Brian Lafauci to the VBOC program,” said Barb Carson, Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development. “CWE has been a strong partner to SBA for years and we look forward to enriching the partnership to serve New England’s National Guard and Reserve members, veterans of all eras, active duty service members, and military spouses.” 

About the Center for Women & Enterprise

Established in 1995, the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase their professional success, personal growth, and financial independence.

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

In partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, CWE operates the SBA Women Business Centers of Central MA; Eastern MA; New Hampshire; Rhode Island; and Vermont; as well as the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England (VBOC of NE).

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 U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012, has served as a Cabinet-level 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.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.