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Newport RI Chamber to Partner with Center for Women & Enterprise

NEWPORT, RI – The Newport County Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) have formalized a partnership that will bring valuable programming to the businesses of Greater Newport. The Chamber’s partnership with the CWE was created to educate and empower local entrepreneurs and business owners by providing enriching programs.

The organizations will kick off the partnership by hosting the following seminars at Innovate Newport:

Understanding Your Personal Branding – Thursday, September 12th 9:30-11:30am

This class shares the basics of intellectual property and how you can build your business brand and ideas by taking advantage of the opportunities social media and the Internet provide.

AARP Work for Yourself at 50+ – Thursday, October 10th  9:30-11:30am

In this workshop you will learn about self-employment and making 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.

Marketing on a Shoestring – Thursday, November 14th

This class will teach you how to maximize your resources, market products and services, refine your audience and find affordable ways to connect with your target audience.

“We are looking forward to partnering with the Center for Women and Enterprise on these three workshops, and more to come. CWE provides valuable services for the women and men including minority business communities and has a proven track record of helping businesses succeed”, says Erin Donovan-Boyle, Executive Director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce. “Working with CWE’s vetted presenters and field experts will truly be an asset to the Greater Newport region”.

“We at the Center for Women & Enterprise work with those who have an idea and want to learn if it is feasible and profitable. For those who own and operate a business, they can learn from experts how to make their business more successful and grow their business. One to one mentoring can make all the difference” says Maryellen O’Mahony Director for CWE Rhode Island Women Business Center.

For more information and to register for these programs visit

About the Newport County Chamber of Commerce

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is one of the state’s largest business advocacy organizations, whose mission is to connect, innovate, enhance and advocate for the businesses of Greater Newport. As a trusted and reliable institution for nearly 100 years, the Newport County Chamber is a vibrant collective body of the greater Newport business community with nearly 1,100 members representing over 50,000 employees. We work to create valuable strategic partnerships, promote strong economic growth, diversity and prosperity to serve its members and the Greater Newport region.


About the Center for Women & Enterprise

Established in 1995, the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for entrepreneurs and women in business to increase their professional success, personal growth, and financial independence. CWE also operates the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England (VBOC of NE) that equips veteran and active duty service members and their families with the resources to help them start and run their businesses.


As New England's leading organization for women and entrepreneurs, we work hard to ensure that all women, regardless of their economic status, are provided access to our programs and services. CWE offers scholarships to disadvantaged clients while fostering influential relationships for successful business operators at the other end of the financial spectrum.


The Center for Women & Enterprise provides education, training, resources and connections to women (and men) through Centers in Boston, MA; Westborough, MA; Nashua, NH; Providence, RI; Burlington, VT; and Community Classrooms throughout New England.


In addition, CWE is the New England affiliate for Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), serving as their certification arm for women-owned businesses. WBENC Certification is nationally recognized in helping established women business owners access new corporate contracts with organizations that are actively seeking supplier diversity.