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 fifteen 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.
WEI Fall Business Plan Forum
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
6:15 - 6:45 p.m. Networking
6:45 - 8:45 p.m. Business Plan Presentation with Discussion and Audience Feedback
Druker Auditorium, Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street, Newton Centre
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
Download the Forum Brochure here.
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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 adition, the audience members are invited to give feedbak 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 first 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.
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.
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
WEI Networking Evening
Monday, September 9, 2013, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The Paint Bar, 823 Washington Street, Newtonville
The past two years have been such successes that we're going to do it again! Please join us for complimentary hors d'ouevres, a cash bar, and a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old colleagues and make new business connections. This event is free and open to the public, thanks to our generous sponsors, The Village Bank and our host, The Paint Bar. We will not be painting at the event...it's about getting to know each other.
Thanks to everyone who joined us!
If you have any questions about this program or would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact Amanda Stout, Sr. Economic Development Planner, Planning and Development Department, City of Newton, at 617-796-1127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.