Mission Statement

WomenVenture helps women attain economic self-sufficiency through the creation and growth of profitable and sustainable businesses.

Contact Information

2021 East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55413

General Information

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Principal Staff
Elaine Wyatt
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Board Chair
Susan Kinder
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Impact and Programs

Through our training, business consulting, and lending programs, we were able to help women launch or grow 187 small businesses this year that produced $21 million in gross sales and created or retained 805 jobs. We provided loans to 28 businesses totaling $456,000. And the most exciting numbers of all, our women business owners created an average of 3 jobs paying a median wage of $30 per hour! For every dollar invested in WomenVenture’s clients last year, they returned $10 back to the local economy.
Current Goals
Fiscal Year 2016 Entrepreneurship Program Goals: -Serve 1,410 clients in any Business Development service. -Provide 6,270 total hours of training. -Provide 2,782 total hours of consulting to loan clients. -Assist with the start-up or expansion of 277 businesses. -Create or retain 1,011 jobs through businesses assisted. -Provide $630,000 in loans to small businesses. -Provide sufficient support to loan clients to achieve a loan default rate less than 5%.
Community or Constituency Served
WomenVenture serves entrepreneurs and small businesses. Our target population is low- to moderate-income women (at or below 80% of the area median income) of all ages, cultures, races, and ethnicities.
Geographic Area Served
We primarily serve the 12-county Twin Cities metropolitan area: Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, McLeod, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright counties.


3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services $1,099,368 71.6%
Management $192,803 12.5%
Fundraising $244,298 15.9%
Unrestricted Net Assets
2014 2013 2012
End of Year: $531,230 $252,926 $282,056
Beginning of Year: $252,926 $282,056 $206,966
Difference: $278,304 ($29,130) $75,090

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