In Fall, 2017, LEDC acquired Empowered Women International (EWI). EWI is a nonprofit founded in 2002 with a mission to give voice and create entrepreneurial opportunities for immigrant, refugee, and other marginalized women. We empower women in the Greater DC Metro area facing economic and social challenges, to become economically mobile, financially stable and socially engaged.
EWI serves over 400 women annually through training, mentoring, workshops and support services delivered under its umbrella program, Entrepreneur Pathways for Women (EPW). Through its programs and outreach, EWI annually impacts a greater community of more than 4,000 members. EPW has three main components:
- Entrepreneur Training for Success (ETS) – a 3-month, 60-hour course on creating and managing a business and workforce readiness skills and knowledge.
- Grow My Business (GMB) – A five-month program designed for women who have initiated their business startups, either through ETS or on their own.
- Entrepreneur Support Services (ESS) – Year-round personalized assistance, referrals for business and social service support, and workshops that supplement ETS and GMB.