Breedlove Entrepreneurship Center

The YWCA Breedlove Entrepreneurship Center is an initiative of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in collaboration with DePaul University’s Women in Entrepreneurship Institute (WEI). The effort is strengthened through our partnership with WEI who brings with them 40 successful women entrepreneurs who are committed to ensuring that other women of color business owners realize success and prosperity. This initiative is focused on supporting Black women entrepreneurs with revenues of $500,000+ that are undercapitalized. We believe that with adequate funding and support they can have a catalytic impact on the communities they serve.

Black Women are the fastest growing segment of entrepreneurs with over 1.5M businesses – an increase of 322% since 1997.

Our Program

Participating business owners will have access to the support services, resources, networks and funding that will give them the tools to realize their business goals, scale their businesses, and, ultimately, to create the true economic development impact that’s vital to the health and sustainability of the communities they serve. Our program includes:

  • 9 weeks of classroom instruction
  • 1 week technology boot camp
  • Business advisor mentorship
  • Dedicated office space
  • Supply chain resources
  • Access to capital
The Problem

Expected Outcomes


Closing the revenue gap for minority women-owned businesses would have a huge impact on the economy.

The US economy could see an increase of $1.2 trillion in revenue and 4 million new jobs if minority-owned business revenue matched those generated by all women-owned businesses.

Opportunities to Get Involved



For more information on joining this program as a participant, please contact Kelly Evans at

For more information on supporting this program with an investment or contribution, please contact Molly Silverman at