WE Source: Connections for Women Entrepreneurs

The heart of the WE Source program

Our Inspiration

Our inspiration comes from realizing the special role we can play in getting women connected locally. We’re starting in the San Francisco Bay Area by hosting business events for women entrepreneurs and investing in our nonprofit resources who can help bridge the business funding gap that too many women face. Soon, we’ll be adding mentoring opportunities and an online community where you can connect with other women entrepreneurs like yourself.

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The difference women can make - some impressive statistics1

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There are an estimated 12.3 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. That's a 56% increase since 2007
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Employing 9.2 million people
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Generating more than $1.8 trillion in revenues
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Between 2007 and 2018, the overall growth in women-owned businesses increased 58% (compared to a 12% increase in all businesses)

The difference Bank of the West is making

As part of BNP Paribas, Bank of the West has made significant commitments to drive positive social impact in our communities, and we continue to increase our support for the development and growth of women entrepreneurs. Recent Bank of the West commitments:

Supporting Grameen America with a $1.5 million equity equivalent

investment toward microloans to low-income women in California and New York

Providing grant funding to the nonprofit Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap,

which focuses on building the wealth of low-income women and women of color

Providing grants to Working Solutions,

a San Francisco-based CDFI that specializes in offering startup and early-stage financing along with customized business consulting and resources

There’s much more to come from us for you.

There’s much more to come from us for you. Get in from the beginning. Get charged up from connecting with others. Sign up to receive updates about the growing WE Source community.

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