Minority Christian Women Entrepreneurs Network

The Minority Christian Women Entrepreneurs Network (MCWEN) was formally established in 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland as a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization designed to support Christian women of color in their entrepreneurial pursuits. To date, the organization has established online and offline programming that impacts over 30,000 of women globally.

According to studies, women of color account for 47% or 5,824,300 of all women-owned businesses, employ 2,230,600 people and generate $386.6 billion in revenues. Yet, the average revenue for a women-of-color owned business is $66,400, compared to the average revenue of $212,300 for a non-minority owned business. MCWEN exists to address these types of disparities and lessen the gap.

MCWEN initially launched as a supportive online community designed to be a resource hub that provides funding, partnership, and business development opportunities to women. It was not long before the online networks reached more than 15,000 women, prompting the launch of the offline components which now include local monthly meet-ups, business development workshops and the organization’s annual conference.

Our History

The Minority Christian Women Entrepreneurs Network (MCWEN) was formally established in 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland as a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization designed to support Christian women of color in their entrepreneurial pursuits. To date, the organization has established online and offline programming that impacts over 30,000 of women globally.

According to studies, women of color account for 47% or 5,824,300 of all women-owned businesses, employ 2,230,600 people and generate $386.6 billion in revenues. Yet, the average revenue for a women-of-color owned business is $66,400, compared to the average revenue of $212,300 for a non-minority owned business. MCWEN exists to address these types of disparities and lessen the gap.

MCWEN initially launched as a supportive online community designed to be a resource hub that provides funding, partnership, and business development opportunities to women. It was not long before the online networks reached more than 15,000 women, prompting the launch of the offline components which now include local monthly meet-ups, business development workshops and the organization’s annual conference.

Our Mission

The Minority Christian Women Entrepreneurs Network (MCWEN) is a thriving community for Christian women of color who have an interest in entrepreneurship and business ownership. Using the Proverbs 31 woman as a model, MCWEN seeks to support women to become impactful and positively influential in their homes, community, and at work.

Our Values

1. Faith – MCWEN is a faith-based nonprofit organization. Our vision is taken right out of the bible in Proverbs 31. Our goal is to affirm a biblical framework for women in business who value purposeful work that aligns with their beliefs.

2. Professional Development – The women in the MCWEN community believe in the practical application of their purpose. We provide resources, exposure to coaches and consultants, and facilitate connections to better support their growth.

3. Diversity – There are glaring disparities in resource allocation and accessibility for women of color in business, and marketplace ministry is no exception. MCWEN provides practical opportunities for bridging the gap through increased representation and resource sharing.

What We Do

MCWEN programming is designed to address disparities and lessen the equity gaps in four ways:
(1) Increasing representation to combat prevalent feelings of estrangement for Christian women of color in business;
(2) Funneling business development and funding resources to members and partners;
(3) Developing learning opportunities for technical growth in areas of leadership, fundraising, marketing and business development; and
(4) Creating collaborative cohorts that support the social, spiritual, and emotional well-being of women in business.

We believe that when women are supported in these ways, it results in personal self-sufficiency, healthy families, job creation, and community viability.

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