Archive | January, 2013

Velma Crawford – Featured EWI Entrepreneur at the Micro-Business Lending Conference!

24 Jan

You may have heard her story before; in fact it’s tucked into every one of Velma’s aprons. With Velma, when you buy an apron you don’t simply receive an apron but the creator’s narrative as well. In “The Ties That Bind” Velma allows us to accompany her on a journey through her learning experiences with her grandmother, the poor daughter of an ex-slave who taught Velma the skills she uses to create her aprons, and her personal illness which was the catalyst to her apron creating.

This past Fall Velma took on another role alongside entrepreneur, and it was mentor. Velma joined EWI’s dedicated mentoring team and worked with two students in our Fall ETS course. Velma was able to share her own entrepreneurial spirit, lessons, and successes with her mentees who were excited to start a business of their own.

At the Micro-Business Lending: Landscape for the New Economy conference, hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond, VA on February 26th, you’ll also have the chance to learn about Velma’s passion and experiences as a businesswoman and how she has grown and flourished since the creation of Vee’s Ties that Bind.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet our dedicated graduate and EWI member, Velma Crawford, at the Micro-Business Lending conference, and be sure to register now!

Anyone interested to learn more about micro-business lending should attend, including representatives of micro lenders; small business support organizations; community and economic development and other public agencies; state and local officials.

Please click this link to learn more about the conference and register to attend. We hope to see you there!

This event is the result of a planning partnership with the Virginia Microenterprise Network, Association for Enterprise Opportunity, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Empowered Women International, Virginia Community Capital and On Point Services.

Want to see Disney’s Beauty & the Beast at the Hippodrome on January 22?!

18 Jan

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Do YOU want a chance to win two tickets to see Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, part of the Hippodrome Broadway Series?

Today is the final day of Action Alexandria’s “Favorite Us” contest! EWI is holding strong in 3rd place, but we need a BIG PUSH to get us to the lead!

Everyone who signs up to Action Alexandria and “favorites” EWI will be entered to win 2 tickets to see Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Hippodrome theater in Baltimore on January 22nd! Click here to view our profile and favorite us! Just click the link under our logo.

We have two sets of two tickets up for grabs! We’ll be raffling the tickets to two winners at 5:00pm today- the close of the contest.

Be sure to let us know that you’ve “favorited” us to be entered! You can comment on our facebook page or email Perri at Perri@ewint.org

Favorite us for your chance to win tickets to Beauty and the Beast and to help EWI win $1,000 to continue empowering and supporting creative women entrepreneurs in the DMV!

Click here for instructions on how to favorite EWI.

You’re Invited! Micro Business Lending Conference featuring Marga Fripp & EWI Graduates!

16 Jan

EWI Founder and President Marga Fripp

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond will be hosting Micro Business Lending: Landscape for the New Economy, a conference on micro development and micro business lending on February 25th and 26th and we want YOU to attend!

Empowered Women International’s founder and president, Marga Fripp, will be among a panel of speakers discussing  marketplaces for artists and she will host a panel discussion about Kickstarter.

Also in attendance will be several of EWI’s successful Entrepreneur Training for Success graduates and members of EWI’s Artist Marketplace program: Azeb Yilma, Velma Crawford, Mariam Mohammed, Clementine Simmons, and Lisa Jacenich. Marga will introduce and highlight these women entrepreneurs during the micro business reception on February 25th.

The conference will also feature a keynote presentation by author Michael Shuman, Fellow at Cutting Edge Capital; learning tracks on sustainability, funding, and technical assistance.

Who should attend?
Representatives of micro lenders; small business support organizations; community and economic development and other public agencies; state and local officials.

For more information about the event and to register, visit the registration page found here.
Please note there is a $65 registration fee.

The event will be located at:
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
701 East Byrd Street, Richmond, VA 23219

This event is the result of a planning partnership with the Virginia Microenterprise Network, Association for Enterprise Opportunity, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Empowered Women International, Virginia Community Capital and On Point Services.

What Can $1,000 Do At EWI?!

15 Jan
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Irina practicing reiki on Amina. Photo by Ernesto Rivera.

Have you ever wondered what kind of impact $1,000 makes at EWI? Well, wonder no more!

1. $1,000 can cover half of the tuition cost for one woman to attend our 3-month business incubator

2. $1,000 can provide 4 women with a 5-hour package of one-on-one career and business assessment, coaching, and mentoring

3. $1,000 allows 10 women to receive 2 one-on-one coaching sessions to start-up or expand her business

4. $1,000 makes it possible for EWI to provide 28 women with personal one-hour business assessment sessions

 

Help us make it possible to continue inspiring, empowering, and supporting women entrepreneurs!
“Support” or “Favorite” EWI on Action Alexandria and we can win up to $1,000!
Visit THIS PAGE and click the link under our logo to become a supporter and help us reach the #1 spot!

Contest rules and information found here.

 

Want to give EWI $1,000 without spending a dime? Here’s your chance!

14 Jan

Want to help EWI raise $1,000 without spending a dime? This week you can!

ACTion Alexandria, with support from the Bruhn-Morris Family Foundation, has launched the Make Us Your Favorite Contest.  The contest will run from Monday, January 14 at 9:00am to at 5:00pm on Friday, January 18.

If EWI has the most “favorites” by 5:00pm on Friday we’ll win $1,000 to empower more women through entrepreneurship and micro-enterprise development!

Read below to find out how to “favorite” us.

If you don’t have an account…

1.       Create an ACTion Alexandria account at this link: http://www.actionalexandria.org/user/register

2.       Look for your account verification email from info@actionalexandria.org

3.       Verify your account by clicking on the account verification link in the email.

4.       Change your password by clicking on “My Account” link under “My Action Tools”.

5.       Click on “Organizations” on the navigation bar

6.       Search for organizations alphabetically or via keywords, issue and/or neighborhood

7.       Select Empowered Women International to add as a Favorite

8.       Once you’re on our page, just click “Add to Favorites”!

You can also create an account by “signing in with facebook!”

1. Visit this link

2. Click “Connect”

3. Follow the on-screen instructions

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Don’t miss your chance to meet local author Jameela Alter & discuss “On Clipped Wings”!

10 Jan

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On Wednesday, January 16th Jameela Alter will be at the Duncan Branch Library in Alexandria, Virginia to discuss her book On Clipped Wings.

On Clipped Wings is about the metamorphosis of a rootless beggar girl whose personality is molded by Hindus, Muslims, and Christians spanning four continents. It is a compelling story of clashing religions, castes, and cultures, making it a novel  that is both timely and marked with a unique cultural richness and breath.

Jameela has a Masters Degree in Education from Loyola College, Baltimore. She also majored in English from Bowie State University, where she received awards for best fiction and for Excellence in Writing. She has dabbled in writing shorts stories and poetry. On ClippedWings is her first novel.

Jameela will be speaking at 7pm in the Large Meeting Room. 
To learn more about On Clipped Wings and Jameela Alter, visit her website On Clipped Wings.

The Duncan Branch Library is located at 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301.

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