Today, entrepreneurship is the way many women are choosing to support themselves and their family. Many women, thanks to the internet, start their businesses right at their kitchen table while they handle childcare responsibilities.
According to the Annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, Commissioned by American Express OPEN, American women are starting about 550 new businesses a day and women-owned companies has rose by 200,000 within the past year. The startup rate by women has increased by 54 percent.
WomenVenture is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting women-owned businesses by providing microloans, working capital, education and on-going consultation through all stages of business.
The Mission of WomenVenture is to help women of all ages, cultures, races and income levels achieve economic success.
Classes: From start-up to Quickbooks there are a variety of classes geared toward helping women succeed in business.
Business Loans: WomenVenture is an SBA loan provider, offers business loans up to $50,000 to qualified borrowers to start or expand small businesses.
Consulting Services: Whether you are trying to evaluate a new business concept or have an established enterprise that you want to grow, WomenVenture consultants discuss business ideas and planning, financing, loan package preparation, sales, marketing, and more.
Networking and Events: with a community of women-owned businesses from start-ups to seasoned entrepreneurs. WomenVenture offers networking groups and events that provide the opportunity to collaborate, learn and grow.
Women’s Business Center: WomenVenture is one of only two Women’s Business Centers in the State of Minnesota.
Also, the WomenVenture site is filled with inspiring stories and news for women entrepreneurs.
Administrative and Creative Support: Assist with fundraising, events, marketing, communications, public relations, and general office duties. Lend your creativity for writing, desktop publishing and photography, or engage your analytical skills creating and conducting research.
Entrepreneurial Expertise: Share your business experience co-facilitating a class for entrepreneurs. Review business loan proposals and packages, or consult with clients regarding specific business ownership topics like marketing, financial management and legal issues.
Internships: College students may apply for unpaid internships in marketing, fundraising, finance and public policy.