Mayor Taveras Participates in Roundtable with Women Business Owners, Discusses City’s Efforts to Support Women-Owned Businesses


Mayor Tevaras meets with women business owners at the Center for Women and Enterprise.

Mayor Tevaras meets with women business owners at the Center for Women and Enterprise.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras participated in a roundtable discussion with women business owners at the Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE). Twenty businesswomen attended the event, which was sponsored by the CWE and aimed at promoting ways to support women in business

“We are pleased to provide support for women-owned businesses, and all small businesses in Providence, so that they can grow and succeed,” said Mayor Angel Taveras. “Thank you to the Center for Women and Enterprise for their continued partnership with the city to help us with this important work.”

Mayor Taveras discussed various supports offered for women-owned businesses in Providence, including:

  • Support for area merchants associations and small business groups;
  • The city’s annual Buy Local-Buy Art campaign, which drives customers to local shops and businesses during the holiday season;
  • The weekly business spotlight featured in the city’s newsletter, City News;
  • The city’s women- and minority-business enterprise (W/MBE) program to increase the number of contracts for which women- and minority-owned companies are eligible; and
  • Putting Providence Back to Work, Mayor Taveras’ 20-point economic development action plan, which includes steps to improve the economy, support job growth and small businesses in Providence.

The CWE has built a partnership with the City of Providence to support this work. Since 1995, the CWE has trained over 32,700 women and men, helped entrepreneurs create over 38,550 new jobs, and generated more than $1.1 billion in wages.

“The Center for Women & Enterprise is proud to continue the partnership with the City of Providence. Thank you for allowing us to host the Women Business Owners and the Mayor of Providence Roundtable and for listening to the needs of our small business owners .” said Carmen Diaz-Jusino, senior Program Manager for CWE RI

Earlier this month, Mayor Taveras joined with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Center for Women and Enterprise, and SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Business) to renew a first-of-its-kind, 18-month partnership to support business growth, economic development and job creation in the Capital City.

As a result of the partnership, free workshops will be held on a regular basis in various locations across the city, and presented to small business groups and merchant associations upon request. The first workshop, “Small Biz 101,” will be held on Thursday, February 20 from 9:30 – 11:30AM at the Hatch Entrepreneurial Center (244 Weybosset Street, Providence). A full schedule of upcoming workshops is available at:

Center for Women and Enterprise:

Established in 1995, the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women start and grow their own businesses. As New England’s leading organization for women entrepreneurs, the CWE works hard to ensure that all women, regardless of their economic status, are provided access to their 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.

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