Women Entrepreneurs Partnering for Profit™ (WEPP) is an exciting women’s networking and partnership program that launched on September 1, 2011. This 12-month recurring program is specifically designed to promote the profitability of women in business via “Partnership Clusters” – intimate groups of focused and committed women entrepreneurs who possess an equal desire to develop, grow, and expand their profits through strategic partnerships. WEPP promotes an abundance mindset that empowers women-owned businesses to pull their resources together versus remaining individual elements. Each annual program enlists 50 participants who agree to bridge the partnership and profit gap that so many women-owned businesses are missing. Launched by a woman entrepreneur for women entrepreneurs, WEPP provides a platform to catapult profit earning potential by means of increased: (i) revenue potential, (ii) resources, (iii) exposure & visibility, (iv) industry expertise, and (v) collaborations.
The inaugural 2011 WEPP program quickly filled its 50 openings with eager women entrepreneurs from across the nation – Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Atlanta, California, Arizona, Illinois, and Wisconsin – in a wide variety of industries who value the ideology that exchange prompts success. WEPP is founded on the principle that women entrepreneurs who partner for a common goal position themselves to gain a “smaller piece of a BIGGER pie” which provides the opportunity to generate significantly increased revenue potential and results in small business sustainability.
A host of trusted community leaders and organizations have joined this exciting initiative as WEPP Power Partners who endorse and support the concept of the program and add value to the WEPP participants. The 2011 WEPP Power Partners include: A’Lelia Bundles (Author, Journalist, Speaker & Great-Great granddaughter of Madam CJ Walker); Dee Marshall (International Speaker & Coach); Cheryl Broussard (Sister CEO); LaFern Batie (Business Strategist & Executive Coach); Lucinda Cross (Mompreneur, Speaker, Founder of Corporate Mom Dropouts); Morgan State University; Heart & Soul Magazine; WomanTalk Live Radio, Sisters 4 Sisters Network, Inc., EPNET (Entrepreneurs and Professionals Networking), and Prince George’s Community Federal Credit Union.
WEPP strengthens local communities by supporting the financial independence of women entrepreneurs who, in many cases, are the breadwinners of their households. WEPP is involved in a number of philanthropic efforts and has launched a “Pay-It-Forward” Youth Entrepreneur Scholarship Program to support aspiring or beginner entrepreneur girls between the ages of 14-24 who want to grow thriving enterprises.