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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.


EWI is a Power Partner for the Women’s Consortium Power Conference!

3 Aug

On August 30th, the Women’s Consortium will be holding what they expect to be “the largest, most relevant local women’s conference of the year”, and EWI will be represented by our Chair, Kate Campbell Stevenson, as a Power Partner at this exciting event!

The mission of the conference is to gather as many women entrepreneurs as possible in one place to facilitate information exchange and develop a network of like-minded individuals whose sheer numbers will inspire policymakers and others to help develop female-run small businesses.

The informational lectures and expo will be held at the Montgomery County Conference Center in the North Bethesda Marriott.  Attendees have the option of registering for the conference in its entirety or just the expo.  And in case you’re not at least a little bit intrigued yet, here’s a list of some of the lecture topics:

“Doing Business With Montgomery County”

“101 Ways to Generate Publicity”

“Make Your Place in the Global Supply Chain”

“Building an Advisory Dream Team”

Register here to be a part of this historic event! We’ll see you there!

EWI at the Newseum

12 Jul

On Tuesday July 10th, Perri (EWI’s Outreach Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA) attended “50 Years Since The Other America: Understanding and Addressing Poverty in the 21st Century” hosted by Demos at the Newseum. The conference consisted of four panel discussions: What Have We Learned about Poverty in America in the past 50 years?, The Economy and Poverty: Addressing the Labor Market, Work Supports and the Safety Net, and Education and Skills Development: Early Interventions, K-12 and Postsecondary Education.

A small panel on Poverty and the Austerity Debate occurred over lunch. Panelists included a wide range of researchers, practitioners, and journalists. Discussions throughout the day focused on the importance of education of children as major part of helping to solve the issue of poverty in America. Panelists discussed the successes of SNAP and how the US needs to continue to creatively and effectively approach programs to support people living in poverty. Discussions also addressed the need for education reform and more focus on the acceptance of routes other than college education (need for stronger apprenticeship programs, vocational programs, etc.).

It was a great event for EWI to attend since we work with low-income women and families. We took away a great deal of valuable information and new insights in to how we can work towards solving the issue of poverty in our own communities. “Fifty years ago, Michael Harrington’s classic exposé The Other America shed light on widespread poverty in the United States and helped pave the way for reforms that have improved the lives of millions of Americans. But with millions of people still living below the poverty line even before the latest recession hit, inequality rising, and millions out of work, there is much more to do.”

USAID’s ‘Women’s Leadership in SMEs’ Seminar

12 Jun

When you hear the word “entrepreneur,” do you picture a man or a woman?

According to the three dynamic speakers featured in “Women’s Leadership in SMEs,” this question is as pertinent today as it was several decades ago, despite the advances made in integrating women into the labor force. Liz, EWI’s new Program Manager intern, attended the seminar on June 8th and learned that women continue to represent a minority of small business owners. Moreover, this weak rate of participation only shrinks as the size of the businesses studied gets bigger. The panel, featuring professionals from the World Bank, USAID and ITC, discussed possible explanations for this phenomenon, including a theory that women are more risk-adverse and therefore less likely to open their own small business. While the seminar had a broad, global focus, it raised several issues that remain closely related to the work done by EWI on a smaller scale in the DC area. If you find the subject of female entrepreneurship as interesting as we do, make sure to sign up for the rest of the seminars in the “Growing Economies Through Women’s Entrepreneurship” series, presented by USAID! Learn more here: http://kdid.org/wlsme