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WE360 Business Essentials Program

Women’s Empowerment 360 (WE360) is a national YWCA program designed to put women — and particularly women of color and women in rural communities — entrepreneurs, who are fearless leaders and innovative shakers, on the path to starting a successful business that moves us closer to creating a more equitable world that see women the way we do: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.

WE360 is a free, self-guided curriculum designed to support early-stage female entrepreneurs with step-by-step training to help them launch and grow a business. Hosted in partnership with Ureeka — a virtual platform where entrepreneurs have access to the people, programs, and connections they need to grow — and available through 21 select YWCA’s across the U.S., the program was founded in 2018 and starts with a needs assessment before continuing to a five-phase course that covers everything from business planning and goal-setting to customer development and understanding competitive markets.

The program can serve up to 40 entrepreneurs each year, and welcomes entrepreneurs of all ages, from teen to post-retirement.

YWCA’s WE360 is designed to:

  • Establish and continue to support women in becoming entrepreneurs
  • Incorporate wrap-around economic development services designed to create jobs, as well as increase the number of women and BIPOC owned business
  • Advocate and assist with the incubation of new business

The WE360 program utilizes an online program developed and led by our partner Ureeka. The course curriculum supports entrepreneurs throughout their journey from establishing a business plan to financing and scaling their business by connecting them with the people and programs to help them launch and grow their business.

YWCA’s WE360 features:

  • Online weekly coaching
  • Access to a national network of entrepreneurs
  • Multiple self-paced premium business courses
  • Local YWCA Dayton staff support and wraparound services

Who this course is for:

  • Aspiring or budding entrepreneurs
  • Main street and “mom & pop” businesses
  • Part-timers – farmers, market vendors, online sellers
  • Small businesses and job creators
  • Full-time employees looking to start their own business

Questions? Contact us at advocacy@ywcadayton.org.

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