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

Creating Website Content for Maximum Engagement - CWE RI - May 29

Build-it-yourself web platforms like Squarespace and Wix promise that you can build a beautiful and dynamic website in a single afternoon; which is only half the truth. While selecting a cool-looking template is a good start it’s up to you to create...

Grow with Google Providence - CWE RI - May 29

Grow with Google is bringing free digital skills workshops and one-on-one coaching to Rhode Island. We’re teaming up with local libraries across the state to offer these trainings so that Rhode Islanders have the opportunity to learn digital skills ...

Grow with Google Newport - CWE RI - May 31

Grow with Google is bringing free digital skills workshops and one-on-one coaching to Rhode Island. We’re teaming up with local libraries across the state to offer these trainings so that Rhode Islanders have the opportunity to learn digital skills ...

CEP Business Planning (4 weeks, Mon, Tue, Wed) - CWE RI - Jun 5

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?

Pasos para comenzar un negocio - CWE RI - jun 5

Si usted está pensando en ser dueño de un negocio o se encuentran en las primeras etapas de iniciar uno, entonces este taller es para usted.

AARP Work for Yourself @ 50+ - CWE RI - Jun 7

Work for Yourself@50+ is a comprehensive program to help you learn about self-employment and make the decisions that are right for you

Pasos para comenzar un negocio - CWE RI - jun 11

Si usted está pensando en ser dueño de un negocio o se encuentran en las primeras etapas de iniciar uno, entonces este taller es para usted.

You + Money + Empowerment = Financial Wellbeing - CWE RI - Jun 12

In this class, we will explore the impact that money has on our lives - from how we were raised to talk or not talk about money to how we now think about ourselves in relation to it. We will make friends with money and use it to increase our wellbei...

Understanding Your Personal Branding - CWE RI - Jun 13

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. You will le...

Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program - CWE RI - Jun 18

To help provide a level playing field for women business owners, the government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the women’s contracting program.

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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