That's why we launched the Women Entrepreneurs NYC (WE NYC) initiative, the first program in the nation designed to address the specific challenges facing women business owners in underserved communities. We developed services for women in our community by talking to 1,500 women across all five boroughs. Through one of our key initiatives, Wonder and 16 other entrepreneurs will mentor women across the city through the WE Connect Mentors Program. We are also offering free business courses on topics like credit building, funding, and leadership with partners that include micro-lender Grameen America, Citi Community Development, Babson College, Deutsche Bank, and Next Street.
We believe that as one woman's business flourishes, so does her family and her community. Whether it is through skill-based services, mentorship and networking opportunities, city administrations have a vested interest in ensuring these individuals are empowered and have access to the needed resources and tools to start and expand their business. It will be the cities who invest in the power of women through education, training, and full inclusion in the workforce and in economy that find themselves in position to be global leaders and to combat inequality.