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

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You? – CWE RI – May 7

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

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners – CWE RI – May 8

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. 

Explore Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources – CWE RI – May 8

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 – May 10

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:

Protect Your Business Brand with Copyright – CWE RI – May 11

This workshop will outline ways you can avoid the common pitfalls related to copyright that could potentially spell trouble for your business brand.  At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

Pasos Para Iniciar un Negocio – CWE RI - May 14

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. Inscríbase  para que:

Mastering the Elevator Pitch – CWE RI – May 15

n this interactive session, we'll discuss practical tips and techniques that will enable you to create more interesting and impactful presentations, so you can sell your ideas, get your project funded, ace the interview, and win business. 

Marketing on a Shoestring – CWE RI – May 17

Competition for a spot in the marketplace and in the media is tough. Take this workshop to:

HR Basics: Employment Law & Staffing Best Practices – CWE RI – May 21

Your business is growing and you're ready to hire more staff. Hiring the right people is critical as your people will be the key to the success of your business.  

Change Your Image, Change Your Future – CWE RI – May 22

Did you know that 55% of a first impression is based purely on appearance, and that an opinion is formed within seven seconds?  Whether you are a fashionista or know nothing about style, this workshop will help you discover your inner image and show ...

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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