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

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.

Marketing on a Shoestring (Innovate Newport) - CWE RI - Nov 14

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 - Nov 20

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

Steps to Start a Business - CWE RI - Nov 20

If you are considering starting a business or in the early stages of launching one, this workshop will outline everything you need to know. In this workshop, you will:

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You ? - CWE RI - Dec 4

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

Job Search Tips for People in Transition - CWE RI - Dec 10

This workshop will give you a broad outlook on areas to be aware of when setting out on the job search. It will help you answer questions such as:

Business Plan Basics - CWE RI - Dec 11

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan.

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.