Were Community is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization.
Back in 2014, WERE was created as an opportunity to meet the needs of the women small business owners in my local community by creating events.
After growing a consistant following, the project became more than just the events. The best way to impact others is truly by making it a community effort.
According to The State of Women-Owned Business Report, there is an estimated 11.3 million women small business owners. The report goes on to say that they employ over 9 million people and have revenues of an estimated $1.6 trillion. In 9 years the rate of growth with these firms was 5 times the national average.
In February of 2016, WERE became Women Entrepreneur Resource & Educational Community. Within 8 days of filing the paperwork, we received our 501(c)(3) status. It was a fast turnaround and I believe it was a sign of a much needed resource.
In order to keep the failure rate low, business resources, mentoring and education is a pivotal role in the success and longevity of an organization.
WERE Community strives at being a resource to help with the growth and aid of women entrepreneurs.