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The Center for Women and Enterprise Welcomes Maryellen O’Mahony as Director for Rhode Island Women Business Center

Providence, RI – The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is pleased to announce Maryellen O’Mahony has joined the organization as the Director for CWE Rhode Island.  The Women’s Business Center is run in partnership with the US Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide services to the growing number of women entrepreneurs in the State.

Maryellen brings an entrepreneurial spirit along with over 35 years of nonprofit leadership to the position.  Her family started a small restaurant that expanded with a commercial catering business.  As a YMCA professional she helped shape a nationally recognized child care program and worked tirelessly as an Executive Director to create high quality programs and services to meet inter-generational needs.  Prior to joining the CWE staff Maryellen worked at Children’s Friend the largest child welfare agency in Rhode Island. She spent over six years raising awareness, funds and volunteer opportunities to benefit needy children throughout the state of Rhode Island. Her desire to recruit volunteers and raise funds benefitted thousands of children each year.  

“We are pleased to welcome Maryellen to the CWE staff.  Her experience and skills will help us reach new heights and serve more clients in Rhode Island.” Said Susan Rittscher, President & CEO, Center for Women & Enterprise. 

The Center for Women and Enterprise is a nationally known nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people start and grow their businesses. CWE has worked with more than 37,300 Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont entrepreneurs since 1995. CWE also operates the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England (VBOC of NE) that focuses on assisting veterans, active duty service members and their families with starting and growing their business.

About the Center for Women & Enterprise

Established in 1995, the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for women 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 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 women 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. 

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