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

Planificación de negocios (12 sesiones) - CWE RI

Este curso lo ayudará a tomar los pasos necesarios para convertirse en un empresario independiente, mientras adquiere confianza en usted mismo y en su conocimiento de la gestión de pequeñas empresas.

Power Forward! (Hybrid Class) - CWE RI - Spring 2020

If you are an ambitious entrepreneur ready to lead your business to the next phase, this accelerator program is for you!

CEP Business Planning (12 sessions) - CWE RI

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? This course will help you to take the necessary steps to becoming...

Success for Small Business (Woonsocket) - CWE RI - Jan 28 & Jan 30

Success for Small Business is a program developed to assist small business owners and provide guidance on how to operate successfully.  

AARP Work for Yourself@50+ (Innovate Newport)- CWE RI - Jan 28

Work for Yourself@50+ is a workshop to help you gain the knowledge, support, and resources you need to make informed decisions about working for yourself and take the right first steps toward successful self-employment.

Women & Minority Owned Business Certification for the State of RI - CWE RI - Jan 28

Did you know certified women/minority owned businesses can earn lucrative contracts with the government?  

Keeping the Books: Basic Recordkeeping & Accounting - CWE RI - Feb 3

Whether you’re just starting out or you are an experienced business owner, staying on top of your financial recordkeeping is critical to your success.

Advanced Grant Writing Skills - CWE RI - Feb 4

The workshop will assist nonprofits and entrepreneurs to increase their capacity to write successful grants.

Develop Fundraising Skills for your Nonprofit - CWE RI - Feb 10

Develop and strengthen fundraising skills for your non profit

Marketing Freedom with Mailchimp Webinar-Class Hybrid - CWE RI - Feb 11 & Feb 18

In this hands-on hybrid webinar/workshop you will learn how to use Mailchimp as an email marketing tool.

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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