Volunteer

Are you looking for a meaningful and impactful volunteer opportunity that leverages your professional business skills? Become a part of our mission-driven community and support women who are launching and growing profitable and sustainable businesses.

In fiscal year 2016-17, 165 volunteers donated 2,293 hours of their time to help WomenVenture clients develop and grow profitable businesses. This contribution is valued at $123,400. Our volunteers truly make our work possible.

Become a Small Business Essentials Mentor

Each Small Business Essentials client is assigned a mentor to guide them through the course, to advocate and motivate them to graduate Small Business Essentials with an understanding in business basics and a completed business plan.

  • Each volunteer chooses to work with 1 or 2 mentees 
  • Mentors are required to attend Small Business Essentials orientation, this is where you'll meet your mentee(s) and chat about their business concepts
  • Mentors are required to meet with their mentee(s) for three - 90 minute in-person Checkpoint meetings
  • All mentors are encouraged but not required to attend Session 15 or 16, Practice Pitch and Graduation

Mentoring a WomenVenture client is an exciting opportunity to help a client glide from a business concept, into a fully developed business plan, ready to be used to launch a profitable and sustainable small business!! 

For more information and dates please contact Jessica Tabbutt, jtabbutt@womenventure.org. 

Become a Consultant

Our clients are supported by a network of qualified volunteer business consultants.

  • Work one-on-one with clients at all stages of business development—launch, growth, and expansion
  • Provide support, refine ideas, and problem solve for a wide range of business types
  • Topics include: marketing, finance, operations (retail & service), legal, HR, and more
  • Meet with clients as your schedule permits

Women's Business Enterprise Certification Site Visitor

We share our office space with Women's Business Development Center - Minnesota (WBDC-MN). In partnership with the WBDC-MN, we are seeking volunteers to be Women's Business Enterprise Certification Site Visitors.

  • Visit assigned businesses (minimum of 2 sites/month), 2 hour visits
  • Interview business owner(s)
  • Inform business owner(s) about WomenVenture's services and how we can assist with business growth

Having the support and a strong community of other women is crucial to ongoing success in the business environment, and I see that community at WomenVenture

Jenna Schwartzhoff