The Women's Enterprise Initiative (WEI)

The Women's Enterprise Initiative (WEI) is an excellent venue for women entrepreneurs, at any point in their business venture, to learn from their peers how to grow their business and find the support they need to manage this growth. 

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The Women's Enterprise Initiative began in 1996 as a joint venture between the City of Newton Planning and Development Department, New England Women Business Owners (NEWBO), and Pine Manor College.  At the present time, WEI operates under the umbrella of the City of Newton.  Its Executive Board consists of two City employees and three volunteers -- the same volunteers who began WEI with the City of Newton eighteen years ago.  Two are past-presidents of NEWBO and the third is the former Director of Entrepreneurial Studies and Assistant Professor of Management at Pine Manor.  WEI seeks to assist women in developing successful businesses.  Learn about the WEI Executive Committee.


Women's Enterprise Initiative
Business Forum

September 23, 2014

6:15 - 6:45 p.m. Networking and Refreshments
6:45 - 9:00 p.m. Presentation and Panel Discussion with Audience Feedback

Christine Stewart

President of Stewart International, Ltd. - Travel Consultants, based in Brookline, MA, will present her business plan for next steps with her 30 year old business.

Druker Auditorium
Newton Free Library
330 Homer Street
Newton, MA 02459



WEI Business Plan Forum

The WEI Business Plan Forum is an excellent venue for women entrepreneurs at any point in their business venture to learn from and gain the support of their peers.  The entrepreneurs receive advice about how to manage their businesses, as well as to create whatever business growth they may desire.  At each Forum an entrepreneur presents her business plan for evaluation by a panel of financial, legal, and marketing experts for feedback.  In addition, the audience members are invited to give feedback and pose their own questions to the panel and presenter.  Recognizing the wide range of values and lifestyle choices, WEI honors each woman's definition of success and offers the opportunity to present to entrepreneurs in a variety of types of businesses at varying stages of growth.  The Business Plan Forums not only provide intensive help to each presenter, but also serve as both a networking and educational event for all who attend.  The connections made through WEI help women gain the skills needed to build their business and claim their dreams as entrepreneurs. 

WEI Business Plan Forums are held during the fall, winter, and spring at the Newton Free Library.  Recently, WEI held its second event devoted entirely to networking.  It was a huge success, and we are hoping to hold future unstructured networking events as an addition to our existing programs.  All WEI events are free and open to the public.  Although under the umbrella of the City of Newton, WEI is funded entirely by the generosity of our sponsors

Past Forums
WEI maintains a strong alumni network and regularly invites back past participants to update us on their progress. Learn about the women business owners who are Past Presenters. We are grateful for the Past Moderators & Panelists who volunteer their time to WEI. If you are interested in participating in WEI, please see our Call for Presenters.

See the Brochure from the October 2013 Forum.
Presenter: Maureen Feeley-Woods, President, A Better Call
Moderator: Phyllis Godwin, CEO, Granite City Electric Supply Company
Panelists: Sharon LoVan, Woodlyn Partners; Suzanne Paling, Sales Management Services; Mary Adams, Smarter Companies

NEW! Videos of some recent WEI Forums are available on the NewTV website.  Thanks to NewTV for their continued support of WEI!
Watch the video of our February 13, 2013 Forum: http://www.newtv.org/video/wei/february2013/
Watch the video of our May 1, 2013 Forum "You Need a Business Plan": http://www.newtv.org/video/wei/may2013

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this program or would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact 617-796-1120 or wei@newtonma.gov.