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WomenVenture in the Community - March 2016

Over the past few weeks, WomenVenture has had many opportunities to speak out in support of women entrepreneurs in the Twin Cities. Here's a recap of the great conversations and community action legislation that we've had the pleasure of taking part in.

Urban Initiative Program Loan Legislation Discussion

On March 16th, WomenVenture Executive Director, Elaine Wyatt, and loan client, Maelei Catt, of Creations Cabinets testified in support of an increase in funding for the Urban Initiative Program. WomenVenture is a Program Certified Partner of the Urban Imitative Program, which supports the growth of minority owned and operated businesses and creation of jobs in low-income areas of the Twin Cities. To learn more about the Urban Initiative Program, click here.


From left to right: Senator Dan Sparks, Elaine Wyatt (WomenVenture Executive Director), Maelei Catt (WomenVenture Client and Owner of CREATIONS Cabinets), and Phillip Porter (Neighborhood Development Center)

Eileen Fisher Fashion Show Benefits WomenVenture

On March 19th, WomenVenture Executive Director, Elaine Wyatt, was invited to introduce WomenVenture at the Eileen Fisher fashion show at Macy’s in downtwon Minneapolis. In addition, WomenVenture received 10% of all sales of Eileen Fisher products that day! This isn’t the first time that Eileen Fisher has shown great support to our mission and vision. This past winter, we received a grant of $25,000 for general operating funds from Eileen Fisher, Inc. We are so thankful for their generous support! Click here to learn more about Eileen Fisher, Inc. and their support of women-owned businesses. 


WomenVenture Executive Director, Elaine Wyatt (Center), with two representatives from Eileen Fisher

Women of Color Opportunities Act (WOCOA) Press Conference

On March 23rd, WomenVenture Executive Director, Elaine Wyatt, and client, Natalia Hals, owner of A Woman’s Design, took part in a press conference in support of the Women of Color Opportunities Act. WOCOA is a multi-pronged approach to increase opportunities for Minnesota’s women and girls of color to succeed and prosper—in school, in the workforce, and in small business ownership. Spearheading the event was Minnesota Representative Rena Moran, who is passionate about creating more opportunities for women and girls of color in Minnesota. She recognizes both the essential part they play in the economic and social fabric of Minnesota and also the challenges and disparities they face when it comes to success.

Representative Moran spoke about WOCOA and WomenVenture in a recent interview on MPR. Click here to listen.


Natalia Hals (WomenVenture Client and Owner of A Woman’s Design) (Left) with Minnesota Representative Rena Moran (Right).

Aging But Dangerous Radio Show

On March 26th, WomenVenture Executive Director, Elaine Wyatt, will be interviewed on the KLBB AM 1220 radio show: Aging But Dangerous. This program inspires, empowers, and challenges women over 50 to live an Aging But Dangerous life through refreshing honesty, unexpected points of view and edgy humor. Tune in to AM 1220 on Saturday morning, to hear Elaine speak to WomenVenture’s mission, vision, and latest initiatives. If you miss it on Saturday, look for the podcast on the Aging But Dangerous webpage on Monday.

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