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At The Women's Economic Institute (The WEI pronounced "the way") we've developed mentoring programs, a small business incubator, and targeted technical support services designed to help women professionals and entrepreneurs of color gain the necessary training, resources and networking to close the wealth and income gap. To learn more about our small business development goals, the incubator, the Entrepreneur's Roundtable, or the Young Women's Mentoring Initiative click the link below. And please scroll down to the bottom of the page and select the Donate Now or Contact Us buttons to learn more about The WEI and the many ways you can support our work.
Join The ATTAIN Lab and The Women's Economic Institute February 2nd to kickstart 10 weeks of amazing programming designed with young women of color in mind (ages 18-24 only). Are you looking for technical skills, job readiness, peer-to-peer learning, and mentoring? Well join us at The WEI February 2nd. All programming located to be held at 109 Otisco Street, 2nd Flr, Syracuse, NY 13204.
To register for the Winter 2022 Young Women's Mentoring Initiative please call 315-551-2500 before January 28th. Reserve your spot TODAY!!!
The Institute is excited to launch The WEI Incubator—a think tank style incubator program designed to create peer-to-peer mentoring, small business development, a community of entrepreneurial support, and in the classroom training with today’s diverse woman entrepreneur in mind. We’re committed to providing women entrepreneurs of color access to capital, meaningful networks, and business training/coaching on business plan design, marketing/branding, product development/placement and financial planning.
The WEI Incubator will meet bi-weekly on Fridays (2 times per month) for 6 months (12 meetings) (11:00am-2:00pm), followed by 6 months of coaching, networking, and programming. You must attend all classes and participate in networking, peer-to-peer learning, and in-class and extra-curricular assignments to maximize your program experience.
To apply for membership in the Winter 2021-2022 WEI Incubator you must be:
1. A woman owned company or a woman who owns more than 70% of the company
2. A woman of color
3. The founder, co-founder, owner or co-owner of your company
4. A legally formed entity or desiring to form a legal entity (LLC, Corp, Enterprise, 501c3)
5. Currently generating less than $250K annually in revenue
If you meet the above qualifications and would like to apply, click on the Find Out More Button and tell us about you and your company.
Click the Find Out More button below and submit your application before 12:00 noon February 4th.
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The Women’s Economic Institute, Inc (The WEI) builds innovative community and economic solutions that elevate the quality of life for all women and girls. Irrespective of race, religion, color, creed or orientation we know that when girls have a fair shot, a healthy self-esteem, and an opportunity to thrive they become stronger women, better leaders, and more successful entrepreneurs. That's why we established the Young Black Women’s Mentoring Initiative and the Girls Empowerment Club. — We're committed to working with Black women and girls from all walks of life to drive academic achievement, economic opportunity, civic engagement, and life-long learning.
COVID-19 revealed gross disparities in education, housing, access to technology, economic stabilization, healthcare and food insecurity in many urban cities.
Syracuse, NY is an urban city with amongst the highest concentrated Black and Latino poverty in the nation. More than 64% of the City's Black and brown children live in severe poverty.
Dismantling these age-old inequities requires public private partnerships and bold thinking with a commitment to building stronger, more economically sound communities; communities where women, families, and small business come first. Communities where families have access to quality affordable housing, safe neighborhoods, good schools, jobs, and pathways to greater community and generational wealth building.
We’re excited to expand our reach into New York and to launch The Institute in Syracuse this October. A 6,000sf incubator/accelerator space designed with women entrepreneurs, at-risk girls, and communities of color in mind, The Institute will offer programming, training, technical assistance, and much needed services/resources.
Let's all build back stronger from the Pandemic. Stronger community stakeholders, allies, and partners create greater pathways to business ownership, economically sound communities, and strategic youth development initiatives that empower and move women entrepreneurs, leaders, and youth toward greater outcomes.
The WEI will continue to advocate for Family Medical Leave, women’s equal pay, and minimum wage while providing technical support, training, and coaching for women leaders and entrepreneurs. We've also launched the CNY Black Entrepreneur's Roundtable and the CNY Black Women's Expo. To join the Roundtable drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info on the 2022 CNY Black Women's Expo click the CNY tab at the top of the page.
The Black AZ COVID-19 Task Force launched Winter 2020 to ensure health/economic equity for minority/low-income communities. We're engaging statewide decision-makers to protect our most vulnerable populations. Click the button below if you live in AZ and need vaccine locations, COVID-19 testing, or other resources.
The WEI is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) formed to help close the race and gender wealth gap by providing access to capital and professional resources for women professionals and entrepreneurs of color.
We are an economic and community based organization focused on making the world a more inclusive environment for all women and girls, through policy, advocacy, technical assistance, and strategic programming.
With the help of our friends, community partners, and allies we provide in-depth training for youth, mentoring for young professional women, and technical assistance and support for women entrepreneurs.
Its been proven that mentoring, self-development programs, and sound policy help advance the career trajectory and income potential for working women and families. That's doubly true for women of color.
Mentoring and quality programming also helps put girls on a solid track for success
The CAREs ACT provides resources to families and small businesses impacted by COVID-19. If you or someone you know needs help with food, housing, filing unemployment or small business assistance please contact www.arizonatogether.org or The WEI at
(315) 551-2500 (CNY) | (480) 406-8324 (AZ).
Unleashing challenges women to rebound from rock bottom in a world where the bigotry of under-expectation is the norm for women and girls of color. Despite the past you can choose to live into your best life. Charlene Tarver, founder and CEO of the Women's Economic Institute, Inc shares twenty steps on the how. Foreword by Atty Benjamin Crump.
The WEI is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) formed in 2017 in response to the under-representation, unemployment, pay inequity, and dirth of capital and professional resources accessible to women professionals and women entrepreneurs of color.
The WEI is an economic and community based organization focused on helping make the world around us a better, happier place for women and girls of color through advocacy and strategic programming. With the help of our friends and community partners we provide in-depth training for youth, mentoring for young professional women, and technical assistance and support for women entrepreneurs.
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