WE Link

Woman-Owned Business Mentoring


 WE Link

The Chamber, in partnership with ATHENAPowerLink®, is proud to present WE Link, a year-long business mentoring program for women business owners.

Program

WE Link, based on the national ATHENAPowerLink® program, connects selected women business owners with a skilled advisory panel. The advisory panel, which is made up of lawyers, bankers, accountants and other business professionals, provides free business consultation for one year. The panel consults to help the business owner achieve networking, capital, operational and strategic goals. The program also helps enhance the business owner's leadership and management skills for future business endeavors.

Candidates

Women business owners seeking mentoring support must meet the following criteria:

  • 51% of business is owned and actively managed by a woman or women
  • At least two years in operation
  • At least two full-time employees, including applicant
  • At least $250,000 in annual gross revenues for a manufacturing or retail business; or at least $100,000 in annual gross revenues for a service business
  • Clearly defined business objectives and specific reasons for seeking an Advisory Panel

Responsibilities

Once a business owner is accepted and an advisory panel is assigned, there is a nominal $250 fee to ensure the long-term viability of the program. In addition, she must:

  • Be willing to openly discuss with the advisory panel the goals for the business and the issues she’s facing
  • Provide a suitable meeting place
  • Provide a meeting agenda and appropriate materials for review, such as financial statements, business plan, etc.
  • Identify specific company difficulties requiring advice of the advisory panel
  • Accept or reject panel members’ advice

Why should a business get involved with this program?

Look at these powerful statistics from ATHENA International (www.athenainternational.org). According to ATHENA International, on average, women business owners participating in the this mentoring program see the following results:

  • 88.5% increase in sales
  • 37.6% increase in business net income
  • 56.6% increase in personal income
  • 36.3% increase full-time employees
  • 75.0% increase in part-time employees

Apply

Download Application
Application deadline is Friday, August 22, 2014.

2013/2014 WE Link/ATHENAPowerLink® Recipient:

Erin Arnold of NextStep Networking Inc.


NextStep Networking
is a full-service Information Technology company providing technical solutions  to businesses of all sizes in the Southwest Ohio area. The company has built a framework and process they call “We Are Your IT Department” to support clients that want the stability and reliability of an enterprise level IT staff, but do not want the overhead and expense that comes with one.

WE Link Governing Body

Governing Body:
Peter Landesman, Director of Marketing, Custom Design Benefits
Mary J. Myers, Vice President/Director, Hamilton County Business Center
Debbie Simpson, President, Multi-Craft 
Rea Waldon, Senior Vice President, Urban League of Greater Cincinnati
Jill A. Weller, Partner, Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL 
Jane Vanderhorst, Vanderhorst Consulting
 
Advisory Panel Coordinator 2013/2014:
Jill A. Weller, Partner, Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL

Advisory Panel Members:  
Karen Tate, The Griffin Tate Group, Inc.
Susan LaBonte, ConnectionPoint
Patti Massey, MYCA
Sheila A. Mixon, Ohio SBDC at the Greater Cincinnati Urban League
Mary J. Myers, Hamilton County Development Company
Lori S. Moser, Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
Jill A. Weller, Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL


WE Link Success Stories

MYCA Multimedia & Training Solutions, a provider of online training and e-learning solutions, was the first company to take part in the Chamber's WE Link program. Read more about how WE Link helped Myca tranform their business model and increase sales. More information


For more information contact Tamara Lang at 513.579.3130 or tlang@cincinnatichamber.com

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