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

This course will help you to take the necessary steps to becoming an independent business owner, while gaining confidence in yourself and your knowledge of small business management.

Marketing Freedom with Mailchimp - CWE RI - Nov 5

In this hands-on hybrid webinar/workshop you will learn how to use Mailchimp as an email marketing tool.

How to Write a Grant - CWE RI - Nov 12

This workshop provides an introduction to grant writing will assist nonprofits and entrepreneurs to increase their capacity to write successful grants.  

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.

A Night of Networking & Giving Thanks - CWE RI - Nov 13

The Center for Women & Enterprise and Citizens Bank would like to invite you to a night of gratitude and networking with entrepreneurs, small business owners and dreamers who all share the same desire for success.

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

Take this workshop to learn how to maximize your resources and gain visibility for your products and services.

Small Business Certifications & Contracting Panel (Innovate Newport)- CWE RI - Nov 20

This panel will provide information on how to get certified as a women-owned business and a minority-owned business.

Steps to Start a Business (Webinar) - CWE RI - Nov 25

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: Develop your business idea and planning Review the importance of a busi...

Steps to Start a Business (Webinar) - CWE RI - Nov 25

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

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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