CWE Rhode Island – Women’s Business Center

CWE offers affordable, comprehensive courses on starting and growing your business while encouraging collaboration with other aspiring and established entrepreneurs.

Start Your Journey – Your Roadmap to Success

Our curriculum gives you the skills to minimize risk as you prepare for success. Use the Assessment Tool to find the path that is right for you, then click on the class(es) below that fit your needs.

Rhode Island Start Courses

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...

Legal Considerations For New Business Owners - CWE RI - Jun 19

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 ca...

Planificación de su Negocio (4 semanas, lun, mie, y jue) - CWE RI - jun 24

¿ Tiene una idea para un negocio que desea iniciar o quizás explorar más profundamente? ¿Siempre has soñado con ser empresario, pero no esta seguro de dónde empezar? Este curso puede ayudarle a tomar los pasos necesarios para convertirse en un propi...

Blogging & Search Engine Optimization for Small Business - CWE RI - Jun 27

Come join us to learn how to communicate with your customers using blogs and how to use search engine optimization to help improve the chances of your blog appearing in search results. 

Business Plan Basics - CWE RI - Jun 25

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Exploring U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources - CWE RI - Jun 27

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

CEP Business Planning (4 weeks, Mon, Tue & Thu) - CWE RI - Jul 8

This course will help you to take the necessary steps to becoming an independent business owner, while gaining confidence in yourself and your knowledge of small business management.

Keeping the Books: Basic Recordkeeping and Accounting - CWE RI - Jul 10

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.   

Women & Minority Owned Business Certification - CWE RI - Jul 16

Certified women/minority owned businesses can earn lucrative contracts with the government.

Business Plan Basics - CWE RI - Jul 23

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Facebook for Small Businesses - CWE RI - Jul 25

Join this workshop to learn the intricacies of Facebook for small business.  Most of us have personal Facebook accounts, but the ins and outs of page management for your business are not the same as your own profile.  In this workshop you will learn:

Understanding Your Business’ Financial Statements - CWE RI - Aug 14

You have financial statements for your business--what knowledge can you gain from them? This workshop will provide you with the tools necessary to understand your income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flow; all essential skills for op...

Exploring U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources - CWE RI - Aug 22

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

Instagram and Pinterest for Small Businesses - CWE RI - Aug 27

Are you looking to use Instagram and Pinterest for your business? Join us for this workshop and learn How you can use instagram and Pinterest to target your audience with effective marketing messages How to use Instagram and Pintere...

Business Plan Basics - CWE RI - Aug 29

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

Exploring U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources - CWE RI - Sept 26

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

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Sessions with low enrollment may be cancelled.  CWE will notify you of class cancellations and changes.

If you can no longer join us for a session you register for, please notify us of your cancellation at least 24 hours before the start of the session for a full refund.  If your cancellation is less than 24 hours in advance of the start of the session, we will be unable to issue refunds or payment transfers.

Free Program - Cancellations and Participant Notification Policy

If you can no longer attend a no-cost session for which you registered, please notify us at least 24 hours in advance.  These classes are offered at no cost as a benefit to you, but there are per-registration costs to CWE associated with them.  We reserve the right to request a $25 contribution to defray our costs for no shows, so that we may continue to offer free classes in the future.