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Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University launches semi-virtual board mentoring program for women business owners

PITTSBURGH(February 12, 2013) … The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University is pleased to announce the successful January 2013 launch of the CWE MyBoardSM program. This program, funded primarily by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation with additional support from both the Alcoa Foundation and Bridgeway Capital, matches advanced women business owners with a team, or board, of experienced mentors. The CWE MyBoard program will help women entrepreneurs build capacity, gain confidence, and access capital, giving them the tools they need to take their businesses to the next level.

The program serves women business owners who need assistance with all areas of business development: from going through their first SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis, to developing inventory control systems and implementing effective social media strategies. Designed with a virtual meeting capability, the program accommodates long-distance participation and busy schedules.

The launch of this blended virtual/in-person program complements current CWE product offerings and provides key means for women business owners in greater Pittsburgh region to reach the elusive $1M dollar sales mark.

For more information about this program, visit www.chatham.edu/cwe/myboard or call 412-365-1384.

About the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship
The mission of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship is to educate, create economic opportunities, and foster entrepreneurial thinking for women entrepreneurs, women in business, and students. CWE provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs in all stages of businesses to start and grow their companies by utilizing Chatham resources, programs, and expertise. CWE programming is also designed to teach regional businesswomen how to think and act entrepreneurially by focusing on innovation and creativity in the workplace. CWE also offers specific programs for both undergraduate and graduate students that help develop the skills needed to become successful businesswomen.

Founded in 2005, CWE has expanded its reach throughout Southwestern PA to help an increasing number of businesswomen learn, network, connect, and achieve their business goals. Current and initial funding for CWE provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, with additional support provided by the Alcoa Foundation. Initial funding for CWE was also provided by the Lois Tack Thompson Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. For more information about programs offered by CWE call 412-365-1253 or visit www.chatham.edu/cwe.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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