Center for Women & Enterprise Rhode Island Expands Center

Providence, RI – The Center for Women & Enterprise(CWE) in Rhode Island celebrated its’ Grand Re-Opening on June 6 with State Officials, U.S. Small Business Administration, CWE Board, and clients.

CWE Rhode Island Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting. Pictured
from left to right: Susan Rittscher, CWE CEO; RI General Treasurer
Seth Magaziner; Liz Tanner, Executive VP Client Services, 
RI Commerce Corp; Kazim Yarn, Director, RI Office of Veteran
Affairs; RI Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea; Annie Mazurki;
Jen Cookke, Chair, CWE RI Advisory Board; Grace Mazurki;
Henry Mazurki; Brian LaFauci, Project Director, VBOC of NE; 
and Carmen Diaz-Jusino, CWE Sr. Director, Program & Service

The new space was due to the partnerships and alliances that have been forged in Rhode Island and the new programs and services that the Center will be able to offer because of them.  In the 2016 CWE was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration to establish and operate the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) of New England which is housed at the Providence office.  A Microloan Program was piloted in 2015 and expansion for this program are being planned. 

“We are proud to be part of this great organization that strives to raise the bar and deliver programs and services to propel all women and veterans to achieve economic power and equity,” said Susan Rittscher, Center for Women & Enterprise President & CEO.

Special recognition was given to Jen Cookke, Center for Women & Enterprise Rhode Island Advisory Board Chair and FH French Co., Owner and CEO, for her leadership and generosity in helping CWE broaden the scope of its’ work in the Center and out into the communities that need CWE most. 

For more information about the Center for Women & Enterprise please go to their website, or contact them at 401-277-0800

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. CWE also operates the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England (VBOC of NE) that equips veteran and active duty service members and their families with the resources to help them start and run their businesses

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; Burlington, VT; and Community Classrooms throughout New England.