Funds will support Community Classroom Program in Vermont

Vermont, June 2017 - The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) today announced it received a $10,000 grant awarded by Accenture. The support will allow CWE to provide twenty entrepreneurs in Rutland, Vermont with over 30 hours each of financial, business, technology, and digital skills training through Community Classroom.  The participants will receive education and training they can use to improve their financial literacy, start new businesses and create economic security for them and their family.  The classes will begin this fall and include a 10-week Business Planning, QuickBooks, social media courses and more.

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 2016 alone, the Center for Women & Enterprise trained and counseled over 3,800 women (and men), helped entrepreneurs create and/or nurture over 3,200 jobs, and helped entrepreneurs generate over $92 million in wages. 

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

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

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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