Welcome to WEI

The Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) is a non-profit, community operated and funded initiative hosted at Saint Mary's College. WEI empowers women entrepreneurs and business women through personal and professional development, the SPARK program, THRIVE Engaging Women conference, workshops and seminars.

The Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative mission is to educate the heart and mind of women and to cultivate their entrepreneurial capacity with a combination of personal education, business training, and ongoing professional mentoring to enhance their quality of life.

The vision of WEI is to support women entrepreneurs and increase their opportunities for success; provide effective, real-world learning experiences and opportunities for small business/entrepreneurship to Saint Mary's College students; deliver a sustainable entrepreneurship education program for women that can also serve as a model for similar efforts in other communities.

Becoming a financially independent and secure woman can take many forms. One option is to start your own business. Or maybe you have other financial and life goals you want to reach. Saint Mary's College cares about women like you and we want you to think of us as an evolutionary resource for forward thinking women in business. We will support you to make your dream a reality. Saint Mary's College Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) is designed to promote entrepreneurship.

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Our Programs

If you are a woman in the community interested in starting or growing your own business, considering joining the SPARK business accelerator. SPARK provides women of diverse economic backgrounds with a roadmap for starting their own business.  Participants receive both entrepreneurship training and post class support from key advisors and mentors.

The Women's Entrepreneurship Iniative is proud to host North Central Indiana's preeminent conference for women. The THRIVE Engaging Women conference attracts top keynote speakers and facilitators in the fields of entrepreneurship, professional development, financial success, and health/well-being. Each spring hundreds of women from around the region convene at Saint Mary's College to learn, connect, and develop skills and knowledge to make their businesses and careers thrive.

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Platinum sponsors: CWIL, Spark, 1st Source Bank, WEI

This project is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA's funding should not be construed as an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA-funded projects are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.