Introducing YWahine in Business
The YWahine in Business Program will help close the entrepreneurship gap between socially and economically disadvantaged individuals (SEDI) and non-SEDI. YWCA Oahu’s Business Centers, The Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership Women’s Business Center, The MBDA Enterprising Women of Color (EWOC) Business Center, the University of Hawai‘i, Hawaii MBDA Business Center, and local resource partners are qualified organizations that will work together on this program to serve the SEDI population. They all have the expertise to provide technical assistance for entrepreneurs starting or scaling their businesses who are seeking various forms of capital. Specifically, Women SEDI-owned and minority businesses that are applying, have previously applied, or plan to apply to an SSBCI capital program or other government program that supports small businesses.
The project will help SEDI entrepreneurs build capacity; attract and provide access to capital opportunities; and attract and provide access to networks. The service models include YWahine in Business Incubator (cohort focusing on early-stage technical assistance for new entrepreneurs), YWahine in Business Accelerator (cohort providing emerging-stage technical assistance to businesses ready to expand or scale), YWahine Pitch and Match My Business (technical assistance to SEDI entrepreneurs to access capital and apply for state SSBCI programs and/or other similar federal, state, or local government programs/funding), and wraparound services for new entrepreneurs and/or businesses in all stages of the business lifecycle as part of the offerings.