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

Retail Boot Camp and Mentoring Program - CWE Rhode Island - October

Retail Boot Camp (RBC) will prepare serious Rho de Island entrepreneurs for the opening of their brick-and-mortar retail establishment. 

CEP Business Planning: Getting Started - CWE RI - Nov 26

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.

Rock your Resume! - CWE RI - Nov 28

Your resume is the first impression you make on a potential employer. Knowing how to create a resume that showcases your skills and presents you in the best light is a valuable skill that anyone in transition should have.

Is Entrepreneurship Right for You ? - CWE RI - Dec 4

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

Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program - CWE RI - Dec 5

Joining the women’s contracting program makes your business eligible to compete for federal contracts set aside for the program. You can still compete for contract awards under other socio-economic programs you qualify for.

Job Search Tips for People in Transition - CWE RI - Dec 5

This workshop will give you a broad outlook on areas to be aware of when setting out on the job search.

AARP Work for Yourself @ 50+ - CWE RI - Dec 6

Work for Yourself@50+ is a comprehensive program to help you learn about self-employment and make the decisions that are right for you.

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners - CWE RI - Dec 11

This workshop provides a high-level overview of a range of legal issues that entrepreneurs should be aware of when starting a new company.

Understand, Manage and Improve Your Credit - CWE RI - Dec 11

The first step to planning and launching a new business is ensuring you, yourself are financially stable.  This workshop will help you understand the importance of managing your credit and how it can affect your personal financial health.

Social Media Made Simple - CWE RI - Dec 12

Are you looking to use social media for your business? Join us for this workshop!

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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