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About WE by Rising Tide

You innovate, you hustle, and you create opportunity. Now join us.

You are the women entrepreneurs who shape the future, and we see you. Invest in yourself and grow your business! WE by Rising Tide is a women entrepreneurs program sponsored by CPB Foundation and aio Foundation, in partnership with the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership and Rising Tide Hawaii

Full Terms and Conditions

Program Benefits

  • Financial management acumen to better manage your business
  • Marketing and branding strategies to help your business grow
  • Exclusive opportunities to network with successful women entrepreneurs and executives

Applications are closed for 2023, but check back next spring to apply for 2024.


Pictured: 2023 Cohort
Previous Cohorts: 2022 Graduates


“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the WE by Rising Tide program. The financial education, discussions, and business insights have helped me to step back from my role as a Physical Therapist running my business and take an objective look at key metrics and my goals. Coming out of this program I have a greater understanding of the financial health of my business as well as the various financial options available to help with business investment and growth.

I especially value the networking and friendships I have developed as a result of this program. Meeting other women who have experienced similar challenges in starting and managing businesses as well as social and family life has been a source of inspiration and support.”

Shawna Yee
Owner, APEX Physical Therapist Specialists

“My experience with WE by Rising Tide has been invaluable. As we continue to grow as a company, the resources provided were relevant and well-timed for our journey. It helped to move my strategy conversations to the next level with confidence. Most importantly, the network of other female entrepreneurs really provided support that continues to grow and provide a safe space for sharing and collaboration.”

Jalene Kanani Hitzeman
President & Creative Director, Noho Home

“The experience helped to improve my confidence and acumen as a female business owner. While the 10-week program itself was
amazing, CPB Foundation also hosts alumni events that are a big benefit. The greatest outcome is an ecosystem of resources, bankers, and education, all to support local female entrepreneurs.”

Rose Wong
Founder and Owner of Kolohe


Applicant Requirements

Business must be 51% women owned and a for-profit entity; in operation for a minimum of 3 years and currently open for business; have minimum yearly revenue generation of $250,000 (previous year); and have maximum yearly revenue generation of $5,000,000 (previous year).

Time Commitment

This is a 10-week program culminating in a graduation. To fully benefit for the WE by Rising Tide program, a commitment of 10 of the 11 sessions is required, including Graduation Ceremony. Sessions will take place between August 2 - October 5, every Wednesday evening at Central Pacific Bank’s corporate headquarters in downtown Honolulu.

Program Cost

No program cost. All fees for the 20 women entrepreneurs in the third cohort are being covered by a grant from CPB Foundation

Key Dates - 2023Δ

April 14: Application opens
May 30: Applicant interviews begin
May 31:
Application closes
August 2: Opening session

Program Schedule - 2023Δ

August 2: Opening session
August 9: Financial Management
Overview of Closely Held Businesses
August 16: Financial Management
Understanding Your Business Financial Statements
August 23: Financial Management
Financial Plan & Budget
August 30: Financial Management
Strategies for Growth & Funding Sources
September 6: Resources for Growth
Speed Mentoring
September 13: Journeys to Success Panel
September 22: Marketing Part 1
September 23: Marketing Part 2
September 27:

Focus on People
Attracting, Hiring & Retaining Top Talent

October 5: Graduation Ceremony

*Neighbor Island cohort members attend in-person


Δ The scheduled dates and times may be subject to change without prior notice. In person attendance is required for Oahu participants. Travel will be provided for four of the 11 sessions (Opening, both Marketing workshops and Graduation) for neighbor island participants. All other sessions will be remote.

Interested in participating?