CWE Rhode Island Receives Community Leadership Award

Rhode Island Foundation Presents Award at 2017 Annual Meeting

Special thanks to the Rhode Island Foundation.  The following video is presented with the permission of the Rhode Island Foundation

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) – Rhode Island was honored and thrilled to receive the Community Leadership Award from the Rhode Island Foundation at its’ 2017 annual meeting.

 Rhode Island Foundation Presents Community Leadership Award from left to right:  
Jessica David, Sr. VP of Strategyand Community Investment, Rhode Island Foundation;
Marie J. Langlois, Chair, Rhode Island Foundation; Carmen Diaz-Jusino, Sr. Director P
rogram & Delivery, CWE; Susan Rittscher, President & CEO, CWE; Neil Steinbert, 
President & CEO, Rhode Island Foundation; and James S. Sanzi, J.D., Vice President of D
evelopment, Rhode Island Foundati

CWE staff members, Susan Rittscher, President & CEO, and Carmen Diaz-Jusino, Sr. Director Program & Service Delivery were presented the award by Jessica David, Rhode Island Foundation, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Community Investment.

“We share this with all those that help support CWE in our mission to provide opportunities for women entrepreneurs to increase their professional success, personal growth and financial independence.”  Looking on that night were members of the CWE Board of Directors, Advisory Board, instructors, staff and clients.

The Rhode Island Foundation has been a generous supporter of the Center for Women & Enterprise Rhode Island, helping us expand the CWE Community Classroom making training programs and business resources available to more low-to-moderate income communities where we are needed most.

A Microloan Program was piloted in 2015 in Rhode Island to provide affordable business loans to low-to-moderate-income entrepreneurs.  To date 14 loans have been given, 8 paid in full, 13 businesses opened and 34 jobs created.

“The Rhode Island Foundation has been an integral part of helping aspiring Rhode Island entrepreneurs, especially those in low-to-moderate income communities have access to the resources they need to start and grow their business thereby helping them become economically self-sufficient and strengthening the communities in which they live and work,” said Susan Rittscher, we are grateful to them and all of those partners who generously support the work of CWE.