CWE Rhode Island – Women Business Center

Our programs are designed to assist you in meeting your career milestones.

At the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) we provide opportunities for clients to grow their vision, learn new skills and join a community of peers who inform and inspire them as they enter the world of business. In Providence, Rhode Island since 2002 our dedicated staff and volunteers provide a combination or practical training and personal mentorship through high impact programs.

Our Mission

CWE provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase professional success, personal growth, and financial independence.

Who We Are

The Center for Women & Enterprise operates Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These Centers are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. We offer comprehensive training, resources, counseling and connections to women.

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.

What We Offer

  • Education & Training
  • Online Learning
  • Financial Education & Support
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Consulting & Mentoring

Community Classroom

Our Community Classroom brings entrepreneurship education outside of CWE’s Centers and into the communities we 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.

Courses in Rhode Island

CEP Business Planning: Getting Started (3 week course) - CWE RI - July 9

Do you have an idea for a business that you want to launch or explore more deeply? Have you always dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur, but were never sure just where to start?

Understand Manage and Improve your Credit - CWE RI - July 24

The first step to planning and launching a new business is ensuring you, yourself are financially stable.  This workshop will help you understand the importance of managing your credit and how it can affect your personal financial health.

Master the Power of LinkedIn for your Business - CWE RI - July 30

This is an intensive hands-on workshop designed for business owners that want to quickly master the business development potential through LinkedIn. 

Maximizing your Customers Experience - CWE RI - July 31

Your business is established and you are ready to take the next steps.  Start first with your customers.  Engage with them; understand what it is that keeps them coming back to you again and again

The Art of Networking - CWE RI - August 2

The thought of networking may terrify you, but anyone can network with the right tools. Join us for this session to explore the art of making authentic connections that will help you open more doors. 

Explore Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources - CWE RI - August 8

This workshop is presented by a member of the local SBA team and is designed to help entrepreneurs understand the various SBA programs and services available to help them start or expand a business.

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - CWE RI - August 8

This workshop provides a high-level overview of a range of legal matters that entrepreneurs need to be aware of when starting a new company. 

Keeping the Books: Basic Record-keeping and Accounting - CWE RI - August 21

Whether you’re just starting out or you are an experienced business owner, staying on top of your financial record keeping is critical to your success.    This workshop will provide you with an introduction to the best practices in keeping books ...

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You - CWE RI - August 22

Explore entrepreneurship and small business ownership in this information session, and decide whether starting your own business is right for you. ...

Understanding Cash Flow Management - CWE RI - August 23

Many new business owners feel intimidated by the financial aspects of running their new venture   however, it is vital to the success of any business strategy.   This workshop will help you to understand the importance of proper cash flow management ...

Contact Us

For more information about CWE, what we offer and how we can support you in business please email or call us at 401-277-0800.

Rhode Island l 132 George M. Cohan Blvd., Providence, RI L 401-277-0800

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Small Business Administration

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Learn More


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