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Entrepreneur Graduation and Holiday Artisan Marketplace!

4 Dec

Empowered Women International Presents…

Women Entrepreneur Graduation &

Artisans Holiday Marketplace

Sat. Dec 8, 3-6 pm,

Durant Center

1605 Cameron St., Alexandria


Yes, We Did It! — Entrepreneurs Class 2012, Fall Semester

Showcase of Graduate’s Micro-Businesses

Meet our entrepreneur women, learn about their newly launched businesses and discover how these women and businesses change our communities


Graduation Ceremony

Join us to support our courageous women entrepreneurs and be inspired by their stories


Sit-Down buffet of Homeade Culinary Delights by Chef Entrepreneurs


Graduation Keynote Speaker

Julie Kantor, Barrel of Jobs


Julie Kantor was the Executive Director of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Greater Washington DC Region. In this role, she was a recognized leader in the field of entrepreneurship education and grew the organization to serve more than 24,000 local youth.

She is the author of I Said Yes! Real Life Stories of Students, Teachers and Leaders Saying YES! to Youth Entrepreneurship in America’s Schools.

Artisans Holiday Marketplace


Purchase Your Holiday Gifts for Friends & Family from EWI’s Marketplace!

All art and gifts are made EWI alumni and local artists.

Proceeds benefit EWI and our local artists and creative entrepreneurs.

Holiday selection include handmade one-of-a-kind jewelry, scarves,

designer aprons, skin and beauty products, handmade books and notecards,

holiday ornaments and more…

This Program was Made Possible in part with Funding from:
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, The Alexandria Commission for the Arts,
The Mason Hirst Foundation, The Washington Forrest Foundation,
The Giving Circle of Hope Reston, AmeriCorps Vista
The Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation,  Capital One Bank
The James Family Foundation, The Sharing Montgomery Fund

Free of Charge. RSVP Now!

Don’t wait! Reserve your ticket for yourself and a friend.


EWI at the Ladies Philoptochos Society of Saint George BAZAAR

7 Nov

Come one, come all!

This Saturday, November 10th, the Ladies Philoptochos Society of Saint George will be hosting a Bazaar of holiday arts, crafts, and more. Including…

  • Holiday decorations
  • Handmade artistry items
  • An assortment of jewelry
  • A variety of specialty crafts
  • Home accessories, collectibles, books and more.
  • And Greek delicacies

More importantly, EWI will have a table, featuring art from our own: Azeb, Velma (About Velma), and Mariam (about Mariam)!

The Bazaar will be from 9am-5pm at
the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George
7701 Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 469-7990

“The Ladies Philoptochos Society is the charitable heart of the Greek Orthodox Church.”

Admission is $2.00

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Our Military Kids (www.ourmilitarykids.org)

Ornament Decorating Party

31 Oct

This past friday, October 26th, creativity was soaring in the EWI office.  Our glue guns were cocked and loaded, and glitter was in the air.  It was our first, and possibly annual, Ornament Decorating Party!

With a fresh bushel of ornaments, we set off on a days worth of decorating.

Ornament Decorating






Finished Holiday Balls

Finished Star Ornaments

The ornament decorating party was a success, and the ornaments are to be sold at our Artisan Marketplace, at the ETS Graduation on December 8th, with benefits going to EWI.

There are still ornaments left over, if anyone is interested in making an ornament, please contact perri@ewint.org

Thanks to all those that came out and helped!


17 Oct

Come out and make holiday ornaments with the EWI team!  

We will be supplying paper mache ornaments to be decorated and designed.

Ornaments will be sold at our Fall Graduation holiday marketplace on December 8th to benefit EWI.

We are utilizing a MAKE ONE, TAKE ONE policy.  That means, make one ornament, donate it to EWI, and the next ornament you make, you can keep!

WHERE: EWI Office, 320 S. Henry St., Alexandria VA

WHEN: Friday, October 26th from 10 am to 5 pm

If you intend to come, please RSVP with an email to mary@ewint.org

***Ornaments and basic decorations will be supplied, but please bring extra materials/photos to make more specialized and creative ornaments.

EWI Holiday Gift Guide

8 Dec

Find the perfect handmade scarf, necklace, painting, note card or present for someone special in your life this holiday season using our…

EWI Holiday Gift Guide 

EWI’s online store features unique handmade art and goods created by women entrepreneurs that EWI empowers to rebuild their lives and create sustainable livelihoods.

Visit our store today, and invest in EWI’s women entrepreneurs to create social change and

Give and Gift that Gives Back!

Etsy Marketing Tips for the Holidays

23 Nov

The holidays are coming, and that means holiday sales are coming! As people spend more during the holidays online, preparing your marketing strategy is important. Here are some Etsy marketing tips for the holidays.

–       E-zine, Email newsletter, online catalog

You can send your emails to your clients in more artistic, personalized and professional way. Highlight your new items and promote them in fancy way! Customers may have more chances to view your items and keep up with new ones.

–       Mobile app

Make your own mobile app! Benefit from the power of a Quick Response Code promotion. In this way customers will view your shop more easily and conveniently. As most of people nowadays use smart phones, this is a great way to promote your items to many people. Once you make one, effects will be enormous!

–       Banner

This is a perfect way to market your shop! If you do not have designs for your shop, make one and make banners with them. As branding is essential for your business, this can attract more customers on websites. People will click on these banners and visit your shop.

–       Social Network Service (Facebook coupon)

Almost everybody using computer has SNS account. Take advantage of this fact! Boost your Etsy shop ranks in major search engines andSocial Network Services. More and more visitors will come to your shop. Also, coupons always work! Facebook coupon pages for example are the great ways to market your brand and items for the holidays.

–       Video

Making video is a unique way to increase brand recognition. Make You Tube video and post it on search engines. This commercial video can give strong impacts to people of your shops and keep their attention effectively.


by Rena Ryung, EWI Outreach Intern

Hye Ryung Hwang is an Outreach intern for fall 2011. She is a junior at Korea University in Korea. She majors in English Literature and International Relations. Recently, Hye Ryung volunteered to help others in Korea and the Philippines, and she is very interested in human rights. She is really passionate about and excited to be working for EWI, and is looking forward to having a great experience working with a lot of people.

Give Gifts that Give Back this Holiday Season with EWI!

14 Nov

Upcoming Shopping Events:

December 3, 2011: Gifts that Give Hope

Truro Church
10520 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22031

Gifts That Give Hope fairs give shoppers the opportunity to choose meaningful gifts for people on their gift list, while helping others who are not on anyone’s gift list.

Learn more at GiftsthatGiveHope.org

Read This Wonderful Article Featured in the Connection about Last Years Fair and EWI’s Participation!

December 4, 2011: Alternative Gift Market

10:00- 4:00pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church
2702 Cameron Mills Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22302

Visit EWI at the Alternative Gift Market, and give gifts that give back this holiday season!  All of EWI’s products are handcrafted by local low-income, immigrant and refugee woman who have graduated from EWI’s Entrepreneur Training for Success program.  50% of every purchase goes directly back to the artist, and 50% goes to help other talented women receive scholarships.

Visit the EWI Gift Shop this December for all Your Holiday Shopping

14 Jun

Originally Posted on December 6th, 2010

Stop by the EWI Gift Shop Monday through Thursday, December 6-22 from noon-7pm to get all your holiday shopping done! Everything available is locally hand made by female artist members of EWI. Shopping with us this season allows you to not only go home happy with your new purchases, but also to invest in local women’s lives, jobs, and small businesses. Free gift wrapping is available and for every $10 you spend in the Gift Shop, your  name will be entered into a drawing to win a bag-full of goodies from EWI artists!

Cannot stop by during our store hours? Please give us a call at 571-933-3989 or email us, and we will arrange a time to meet with you.

We accept cash, check, and Visa or MasterCard.