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Economic Development

At Women of Toledo, we believe that investing in gender equality, women’s economic development, and empowerment can help eradicate extreme poverty, build vibrant economies, and unlock human potential on a transformational scale. 

About our Economic Development Initiatives

We aim to support these efforts, as we continue to advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusivity to bridge the equity and network gap in all areas of the marketplace and workplace in our community.

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Business Roundtable

Under the Marketplace initiatives, our business roundtable offers support and assistance (technical/non-technical) for women-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and peer-networking circles. Women are increasingly harnessing their entrepreneurial spirit, and it is critical to encourage and support this behavior with a focus to eliminate obstacles and facilitate the growth of their businesses.


Toledo Business Growth Collaborative

Convened by JumpStart, this collaborative network consists of existing small business assistance organizations in the Greater Toledo Community. Working together, these organizations are dedicated to finding and filling gaps in the service continuum and connecting their clients to the resources they need, wherever those resources are found.​ 

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Community Navigator
Pilot Program

In partnership with LISC Toledo, we help "reduce barriers that underrepresented and underserved entrepreneurs often face in accessing the programs they need to recover, grow, or start their businesses."


Workforce Development

 Our Workforce Development program with a focus to integrate our immigrants, refugees, and international professionals into the workplace or marketplace, through skill-building, mentoring, and networking efforts. Our goal for this expansion is to reduce employment and economic empowerment barriers facing women professionals migrating from other countries while advancing the inclusion of their skills into our local economy.

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LISC Verizon Small Business Digital Ready (VSBDR)

Join today! This program is FREE to enroll with opportunities to receive a quick online business course/resource on marketing, finance, efficiency, and more, as well as networking and expert coaching tailored to specific needs!


Our Initiatives

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