|Meet Yolanda Lamar-Wilder
Founder and Executive Director
Women Entrepreneurs of America, Inc.
I am delighted to be the Founder and Executive Director of WEA’s Women
in Transitioning Fund. My background for the past 4 years has been in non-
profit management which took me to the National Council of Negro
Women, Inc. (Cuyahoga County Section) Cleveland, Ohio.
Most recently I spent three and a half years as an active member on the Membership
Committee and served as Correspondence Secretary, and currently with NCNW (Western
Reserve Section) Public Relations Chairman, introducing me to the exciting world of the
nonprofit business entity and working with women who help other women and an insiders
view of what it takes to run an women’s organization.
Women Entrepreneurs Of America, Inc. is a 501©(3) not-for-profit membership based
organization that mission is to empower and support women in business and provide
resources to those who want to start their own businesses. WEA, as the organization is often
called, opened its doors in November 2002 after the Executive Director, Yolanda Lamar-
Wilder, had the overwhelming concern to guide women on their journey to entrepreneurship.
Watching it grow in the past two years, the organization has over 150+ members and is
becoming a strong viable networking system. Our success lays in our innovative business
strategies, the practice of offering encouragement and open arms to potential members who
share our vision. We are seeking grant awards to help increase funding opportunities for
training and workshop purposes to help more women in business and provide resources to
women in transition. We want to distribute opportunities to women who are going back to the
workforce, wanting to start businesses, mentoring programs, computer training and clothing
(Dress to Impress) drives.
About WEA’s Women in Transitioning Fund
The Women in Transitioning Fund, is dedicated to supporting the financial and emotional
stress of women in business and transition by raising money in various ways. Each month,
accelerated networking events take place in various locations throughout the City of
Cleveland. Women Who Network committee hosts business showcases, an opportunity for
local members to introduce their products and services which then will be raffled off at our
monthly meetings. The proceeds of those raffles are then donated to the Transitioning Fund
office at our corporate headquarters in Euclid, Ohio and then gifted back once a certain level
has been reached. The local Women Entrepreneurs of America chapter then selects various
grant recipients from among many worthy transitional centers and organizations in our local
Are you a "Friend of the Transitioning Fund"?
Another way that members and non-members alike can assist the WEA’s Women in
Transitioning Fund is to become a Friend of the Transitioning Fund. Whether you are an
individual, or belong to a corporation that would like to support the Transitioning Fund, you can
contribute annually at various levels beginning at $100 on the individual side and $1000 for
corporations. I would be happy to discuss with you these various ways of assisting the Fund
to achieve its goal. Feel free to contact me directly at (216) 255-2303, or e-mail me at
VISIONS Newsletter - Mar-Apr, 2005 - Published Bi-Monthly