About the SPARK Program

Since August of 2011, 240 women have completed the program with the skills needed to launch a small business. Over ninety businesses have been successfully launched thanks to our corporate and individual sponsors, facilitators, mentors, class coordinators, and especially SCORE and the North Central ISBDC (Indiana Small Business Development Center).  


To cultivate the entrepreneurial capacity of women with a combination of personal education, business training, and ongoing professional mentoring to sustainably advance beyond socio-economic boundaries and achieve self-sufficiency.

You can make your dream a reality. The SPARK program provides a blueprint for developing an idea. It includes training in financial accounting and management, planning, marketing and other business skills that will give you the tools necessary to start or expand your own business.

Attend an introduction to SPARK to see if the program is right for you. After attending the information session prospective participants will be able to complete a formal application and interview for a spot in the women’s business accelerator.

Support SPARK

Your summit registration allows us to continue offering business training, mentoring, and education for women. If you’d like to show additional support for the SPARK program, you can donate here.  

For more information contact:

Willow Wetherall
Project Director, WEI
(574) 284-4059
Email: [email protected]

Some of their stories

Yully Ortega runs D&D, a professional cleaning service in South Bend, Indianapolis and in Texas, with more than 50 employees and serving hospitals, schools, and other businesses.

Paula Sours operates her own brand building business, helping clients connect to the right people in marketing and also providing promotional products throughout north central Indiana and southwest Michigan.

Kathy Burnette achieved her lifelong dream of opening a brick and mortar bookstore which has recently expanded into an e-commerce platform, not only shipping books but also providing online audiobooks.

Ramal Taylor runs a successful multi-location childcare business in South Bend, Bright Beginnings Childcare. Recently, she’s combined her experience in finance with her own success to offer business consulting.

Tiffany Cruz leads a team at ParmaJaco as a food service provider with a food truck and a recently opened a brick and mortar restaurant in Elkhart that goes by the same name.

Pricing &  Registration for

The Summit

June 5th is coming soon! To make the digital experience as smooth as possible for everyone, we’re limiting this summit to 250 attendees. Register today to secure your spot. 

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