Center for Women & Enterprise selected to establish SBA Women's Business Center in New Hampshire

Will receive multi-year federal grant to provide servicesto a growing community of Women Entrepreneurs


Concord, N.H. (Oct, 22, 2014)
-- Officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration and representatives from Center for Women & Enterprise  (CWE) have announced the selection of the Center for Women & Enterprise  to establish the SBA Women’s Business Center for New Hampshire. 

SBA District Director for New Hampshire, Greta Johansson in commenting on the selection of the CWE to operate the SBA’s Women’s Business Center for New Hampshire said  “I am excited about the selection of the CWE to operate the SBA Women’s Business Center for New Hampshire.  They currently operate three SBA Women’s Business Centers in Rhode Island, Eastern and Central Massachusetts where they have earned a very positive reputation for the quality services they provide to current and prospective women entrepreneurs. “

On October 23, 1995, the Center for Women & Enterprise officially opened in Boston with founding grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Bank of Boston and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Operating out of donated space at Northeastern University with three full-time staff members, this small, local organization served a few hundred women and set the foundation for great things to come.  Now, CWE is a nationally known nonprofit organization that serves 3,000 plus clients each year, providing education, training, technical assistance and women’s business enterprise certifications that have already served about 50 New Hampshire business women. 

“We are honored to be selected by the SBA to establish and operate the Women’s Business Center for New Hampshire.” said Susan Rittscher, President & CEO, Center for Women & Enteprise. “In 2015 we will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary.  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to be able to open a new location and help more women entrepreneurs and those in business increase professional success, personal growth, and financial independence. We look forward to working with the SBA and other organizations in New Hampshire to bring programs and services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs.”

In the weeks ahead there will be an announcement of the location  CWE is establishing in New Hampshire as well as ways women entrepreneurs can access their services online and at their new location

About the Center for Women & Enterprise

Established in 1995, the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing 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 locations in Boston, MA; Worcester, MA;  Providence, RI; and New Hampshire in 2015.

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. 

About SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent 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. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.