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

Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program - CWE RI - Sep 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.

Marketing on a Shoestring - CWE RI - Sept 24

Competition for a spot in the marketplace and in the media is tough. Take this workshop to: Learn how to maximize your resources to gain visibility for your products and services Discover how to market your product Determine ...

Exploring U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources - CWE RI - Sept 25

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

The money relationship - It’s complicated! - CWE RI - Sep 25

In this class, we will explore the emotional impact that money has on our lives and businesses - from how we were raised to talk, or not talk, about it to how our emotions and upbringing impact our financial decisions today.  

AARP Work for Yourself @ 50+ - CWE RI - Sept 26

Work for Yourself@50+ is a comprehensive program to help you learn about self-employment and make the decisions that are right for you. In this workshop you will find step-by-step information on how to start a business and generate additional income,...

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You ? - CWE RI - Oct 10

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

AARP Work for Yourself @ 50+ (Innovate Newport) - CWE RI - Oct 10

Work for Yourself@50+ is a comprehensive program to help you learn about self-employment and make the decisions that are right for you. In this  workshop  you will find step-by-step information on how to start a business and generate additional inco...

Business Plan Basics - CWE RI - Oct 17

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Legal Considerations For New Business Owners - CWE RI - Oct 24

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.  Attending this workshop will help you avoid common mistakes and employ preventative measures that can p...

Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program - CWE RI - Nov 13

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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