WomenVenture Expands its Effort to Help Women-Owned Businesses

WomenVenture, adviser and small lender to fledgling female-owned businesses, is expanding its portfolio, thanks partly to a $250,000 Wells Fargo grant, one of only 12 awarded nationally to 98 “Community Development Financial Institution” applicants that assist “underserved populations.’’

That means we can expect to see more Yolanda Maxwells. And that is a good thing.

Maxwell is owner of St. Paul’s Little Steps Childcare Center. She benefited this year from a small loan and consulting from nonprofit WomenVenture.

“Yolanda is the ideal client,” said WomenVenture Executive Director Elaine Wyatt. “She was struggling."

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