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Women's Entrepreneurship Council Application
Application to join the WEC, an affiliate Council of the Downtown Denver Partnership and serving The Commons on Champa.


Our Goal: Denver becomes the best place in the country for women to start businesses. We'll prove it by increasing the percentage of entrepreneurs that identify as female in our city to 50%.
Kauffman Foundation research has found “that if minorities started and owned businesses at the same rate non-minorities do, the United States would have more than one million additional
employer businesses and approximately nine-point-five million more jobs in the economy.”


What We Do + Why
The Women’s Council engages (and serves) a diverse community of women in entrepreneurship or women wanting to enter into – or be inspired by - entrepreneurship.

• In service to the work at The Commons on Champa, we leverage existing programs to ensure that the largest number of women have access to meaningful and game-changing opportunities and resources available to them.
• Connect women to entrepreneurial role models to share advice, and share in the successes and failures.
• Convene essential resources that help entrepreneurial women and their businesses thrive.
• Build a community where women are supported in their entrepreneurial journey.
• Provide access to entrepreneurial resources supporting business growth; eliminate barriers and hurdles to successful business (and life).

Council Member Benefits beyond supporting the cause:
• Free or discounted pricing for DDP events.
• Opportunity to do targeted networking with other DDP members.
• Opportunity to receive in-depth information regarding Partnership initiatives and programs.
• Opportunity to engage more deeply with the work at The Commons.
• Opportunity to leverage DDP events for existing/prospective clients.

Opportunities
The Council has five different committees - Events & Programming, Marketing, Executive, Membership & Outcomes, and Fundraising. Each member is required to sit on a committee.

The work of the Council usually entails:
• Supporting the goals and executing the initiatives of the Council and its’ committees, and The
Commons on Champa more broadly.
• Building connections with future partners, funders, speakers and members in service of the
Council.
• Educating the community, including specified target audiences, regarding the Council and its
mission.

Individual responsibilities of all Council Members
• Be informed about the Council’s purpose and programs.
• Attend all Council and committee meetings and as many functions and special events, as is
practical.
• Review agenda and supporting materials prior to Council and committee meetings.
• Serve on at least one of the Women’s Council’s highly-focused committees.
• Recruit other Council members and mobilize volunteers to contribute to the execution of
committee work.


Commitment Level
• Attendance – Attend 80% of board / committee meetings per year + the annual strategic planning retreat (12 meetings per year)
• Volunteering – Attend four Women’s Council volunteer session per year and contribute to the execution of two Women’s Council events.
• Support on fundraising - this amount determined on case by case basis
• Grow diversity through networking and partnership building with mission-aligned individuals and organizations 5-10 hrs per month commitment
• At least 1 calendar yr commitment



Qualifications
• Motivated to give back to female-identifying entrepreneurs
• Can fulfill all commitments listed

Application Process
• Rolling application process




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Full Name *
Email *
What excites you most about joining the Council? *
What can you personally contribute to the Council? *
Which Committee would be your first choice: *
Which Committee would be your second choice: *
Are you comfortable with the time commitment of 5-10 hrs per month, for at least one year? *
What questions do you still have or would you want answered before joining? *
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