For more than 35 years, WomenVenture has been dedicated to its mission—providing more than 100,000 women of all ages, cultures, races and income levels with tools and resources to achieve economic success.


WomenVenture helps women of all ages, cultures, races and income levels achieve economic success.


WomenVenture supports women-owned businesses by providing microloans, working capital, education and ongoing consultation through all stages of business.


  • 1978 – Judy Justad, Carol Truesdell and Marion Etzwiler establish CHART, a nonprofit organization supporting women entering or re-entering the workforce.

  • 1982 – Kathy Keeley and Arvonne Fraser establish WEDCO (Women's Economic Development Corporation), a nonprofit organization supporting women in starting their own businesses.

  • 1989 – Making history as the first Twin Cities nonprofit merger, CHART and WEDCO become WomenVenture.

  • 1992 – WomenVenture begins providing microloans to women.

  • 2000 – The Small Business Association designates WomenVenture one of the nation’s first Women’s Business Centers.

  • 2012 – WomenVenture announces its new Strategic Vision; narrows its focus in supporting women-owned businesses.

The WomenVenture logo embodies the organization's mission.  A woman stands on an open book that represents the platform of her knowledge and accomplishments.  That platform provides a foundation for future growth and attaining her goals.  In one hand she waves a flag in celebration of her success.  With the other hand she reaches out to offer help to another.