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

Planificación de negocios (12 sesiones) - CWE RI

Este curso lo ayudará a tomar los pasos necesarios para convertirse en un empresario independiente, mientras adquiere confianza en usted mismo y en su conocimiento de la gestión de pequeñas empresas.

CEP Business Planning (12 sessions) - CWE RI

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? This course will help you to take the necessary steps to becoming...

Stress Tolerance (Webinar) - CWE RI - Apr 9

Sometimes stressful situations are beyond our control. However, the way that you handle these situations can make things better or worse. 

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners (WEBINAR) - CWE RI - Apr 14

This web-based seminar provides a high-level overview of a range of legal matters that entrepreneurs need to be aware  of when starting a new company. 

Business Continuity - CWE RI - Apr 15

A business continuity plan (BCP) will minimize the impact of business interruption should a disaster occur.

Women & Minority Owned Business Certification - CWE RI - May 6

Did you know ... Certified women/minority owned businesses can earn lucrative contracts with the government?

Success for Small Business (SSB) - Éxito para pequeños negocios (Taller de 2 Noches) - CWE RI - Mayo 12 & 14

Success for Small Business (SSB)  es un programa desarrollado para ayudar a los propietarios de pequeños negocios, proporcionando orientación sobre cómo operar un negocio con éxito. 

Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program - CWE RI - May 13

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

Exploring Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources - CWE RI - May 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.

Women & Minority Owned Business Certification - Jun 31

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

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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