Do you have a viable business idea or side gig you want to expand?

Do you have a start-up business operating for less than 1 year?

For women in business, the Entrepreneur Training for Success (ETS) program will give you the training and skills you need to launch and operate your business successfully!

For Spring 2024, we are offering the ETS program for residents of:

  • Montgomery County, MD (for Spanish speakers only)
  • Arlington & Alexandria, VA (for English Speakers only)

These cohorts are sponsored by Montgomery County, MD, Arlington County in Virginia & the St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria, VA.

Learn more about EWI programs and how we have helped women entrepreneurs with their businesses in this video...

Watch this video to learn about the EWI Entrepreneur Training for Success program

What is ETS?

Entrepreneur Training for Success (ETS) is a 3-month intensive course in business, workforce, life, and leadership skills. Taught over 60 hours, ETS strongly emphasizes the fundamentals of micro-entrepreneurship, combined with the basics of financial literacy.

Each week participants will learn key skills that can transform their idea into a business, including:

  • Time management
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Branding and Communications
  • Accounting and Budgeting
  • Pricing your products & services
  • Registering your business
  • Financing your business
  • Pitching your business to potential partners and investors
  • and much more!

Each cohort consists of:

  • Up to 14 participants 
  • Lead Trainer & Financial Trainer
  • Volunteer Mentors
  • Expert Guests

When do classes start?

Montgomery County, MD (Spanish Speakers Only)- Starting Monday, March 25, 2024. Sessions occur on Wednesdays (and some Mondays) evenings at 6:30 pm.

Arlington & Alexandria, VA (English Speakers Only)- Starting Wednesday, March 27, 2024. Sessions take place on Monday (and some Wednesdays) evenings at 6:30 pm.

How much does ETS cost?

Thanks to our generous funders, there is NO COST for those qualified applicants who qualify and are accepted to participate in the ETS program.

Is there a deadline to apply?

We accept applications for Spring 2024 classes until midnight on Sunday, March 18, 2024.

What is the application process?

Because spots are limited, there is an application and selection process to participate in the Entrepreneur Training for Success (ETS) program. The application process is as follows:

1- Submit your application

Check your email! A member of the EWI program team will email you within 24 hours.

2- Schedule your interview

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be instructed by email to schedule an interview with a member of the EWI program team. The interview will be conducted online via Zoom.

During the interview, you'll have the opportunity to learn more about the ETS program, and we will take some time to learn more about you and your business or business idea.

3- Notification of acceptance

If accepted into the ETS program, you will be notified by email no later than Monday, March 18, 2024.

What if I have more questions?

Please feel free to contact us at the Empowered Woman International program by email at [email protected]

Empowered Women International (EWI) is a program of the Latino Economic Development Center. Our mission is to provide entrepreneurship training, mentoring, market access, and support services to help talented and high-potential women monetize their creative or cultural assets, artistic abilities, knowledge, and skills, and become change-makers in their families, communities, and the world for immigrant, refugee, low-income, and at-risk women in the Greater Washington DC Metro Area.