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Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment
Julie Abrams, Executive Director
E-mail jabrams@womensinitiative.org
Phone 415-302-4740
Fax 415-826-1883
Web site http://www.womensinitiative.org


San Francisco
Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment
1398 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone 415-641-3460
Fax 415-826-1885

Oakland – Downtown
Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment
519 17th. Street Ste. 110
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone 510-287-3100
Fax 510-451-3428

Oakland – Fruitvale
Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment
3700 E. 12th. St. Ste 1
Oakland, CA 94601
Phone 510-434-3100
Fax 510-436-5245

San Rafael
Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment
555 Northgate Dr. Ste. 260A
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone 415-499-9300

Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment
1465 Enea Circle Bldg. E Suite 900
Concord, CA 94520
Phone 925-603-2770 or 2771
Fax 925-603-2776

San José
Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment
300 South First Street, Suite 340
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone 408-999-7609
Fax 408-993-0671

Training Location
14271 Story Rd.
San Jose, CA 95127

Women’s Initiative – Inspiring High-Potential, Low-Income Women Entrepreneurs


Since 1988, Women’s Initiative has been assisting high-potential low-income women who dream of business ownership. Through an intensive 20 session program — in English or Spanish — women are enabled to start, or expand their business.

Women’s Initiative is a not-for-profit agency. Our mission is to build the entrepreneurial capacity of women to overcome economic and social barriers and achieve self-sufficiency. Women’s Initiative has proven that women create jobs for themselves and others, access the mainstream economy, and increase their economic self-sufficiency when they are given business planning and financing support.

By assisting women-owned businesses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area at our seven training sites, Women’s Initiative directly contributes to the economic growth of communities. Our graduates have started and expanded over 1,600 businesses from photography studios to catering companies and mechanic shops. In 2006, 301 new jobs created by our graduates.

By targeting low-income women, focusing on the needs of traditionally underserved groups including minorities, immigrants, and welfare recipients, Women’s Initiative brings new resources into local communities in a unique model. Over half of the Women’s Initiative community participates in our classes offered in Spanish through our Alternativas para Latinas en Autosuficiencia (ALAS) program, which boasts culturally competent services and extensive networks that propel Latina entrepreneurs into business success.