The Clowes Fund Donates $20K to Support CWE New Hampshire Community Classroom

Funds will support Community Classroom Program in Sullivan County New Hampshire

New Hampshire - June 2017 - 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 30 aspiring entrepreneurs in Sullivan County with over 36 hours each of entrepreneurial education and follow-up support, free of charge, through our Start-Up Series and Business Planning programs. “This grant will enable us to build on the success of our Claremont Community Classroom program and expand the initiative to reach into New Hampshire’s more isolated communities, with a focus on Sullivan County,” said Center for Women & Enterprise CEO, Susan Rittscher. “With the support of The Clowes Fund, we will expand our programming to help low-income women throughout Sullivan County transform their lives, escape from poverty, build financial resources, create jobs, and drive economic growth.”

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. 

About The Clowes Fund

The Clowes Fund is, a Family Foundation established in 1952 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Fund  provides grants in Indianapolis; Seattle, Washington; Massachusetts; and northern New England to support human services, education and the arts.

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.

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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