As Americans, we are proud to live in “the land of opportunity.” But let’s be honest, everyone does not have equal access to those opportunities. That’s why, in 1991, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) established its micro-loan fund and self-employment training program. Since then, we have worked diligently to create an equitable and just society through the economic empowerment of women. And although we target women because of the unique challenges they face, we help men, too.
Today, we live in a rapidly changing society where jobs are less secure, the gap between rich and poor is growing wider every day and the middle class is shrinking rapidly. Business ownership has provided a path out of poverty as well as financial security for generations of Americans.
WEV programs combine classroom training, capital and individual technical assistance to support the small business entrepreneur through start-up, stabilization and growth phases. Most services are provided in Spanish and English.
WEV uses our own custom training curriculum: From Vision to Venture: Planning for Business Success. Currently in its fourth edition, it is published in both Spanish and English. Following is a summary of the services that WEV provides:
Workshops, classes and full-day conferences help entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level of growth and sustainability through lifelong learning. Advanced training provides opportunities for clients to increase their knowledge of specific subject areas such as financial management, sales and marketing, technology, operations and government contracting.
Individual Business Services
Access to Capital
WEV has been a certified CDFI since 1999 and is currently expanding its lending operations and staffing in order to meet the increasing credit needs of local businesses. WEV’s Small Business Loan Fund provides start-up loans of $1,000 to $25,000 to pre-bankable microenterprises and up to $50,000 to growing businesses. WEV staff provides loan consultations and loan packaging assistance.
Networking and Ongoing Support