Monday, February 25, 2008

This morning I was very happy to see that a past RWN board member's achievements are continued to be recognized in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader newspaper:
YWCA seeks nominations for the 35th annual Leader Luncheon event, Tribute to Women awards March 25. The deadline is 6 p.m. Monday.

Nominations are being accepted for executive leadership, administrative professional, banking and finance, education, government and law, health care and human services, nonprofit, sales and marketing, science and technology, refugee and immigrant women and Sylvia Henkin Mentoring Award.

Last year's winners were Judy Blauwet, Kristin Breitaf, Teri Ellis-Schmidt, Deb Fischer-Clemens, Clara Hart, Sylvia Henkin, Kristina Schaap, Harriet Scott and Sarah Swenson.

Nomination forms are available at YWCA or online at
Clara Hart is a refugee from Mozambique now living in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She is active in the Sioux Falls school system and in the League of Women Voters. Ms. Hart is also a founding member of the Refugee and Immigrant Women's Association of Sioux Falls, and a past board member of Refugee Women's Network.

Congratulations to Clara!

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Empowered :) said...

Women’s Small Business Loan Program Deadline July 15

The YWCA Sioux Falls announces a new program to assist refugee and immigrant women in developing a small business to create and sell original arts and crafts. With a grant received from the Sioux Falls Woman’s Alliance Fund, the Alene Delbridge Award, the Refugee and Immigrant Women’s Association (RIWA) program of the YWCA will make small loans to help women get started in a small business effort.

A small business loan up to $500, and training for developing a business plan, are core components of the program. The immediate focus is to assist women in creating and selling their product(s) during the 2009 Downtown Sioux Falls Arts Festival to be held September 12th, 2009.

A woman of any age or ethnicity who has arrived in the Sioux Empire Area as an immigrant or refugee, who has a passion and artistic skill to create a quality product to sell, is eligible.

The small business owner must commit to developing a business plan for a long-term approach to creating and selling their products. This includes attending at least two training sessions and working with a consultant as needed. These services are free.

All interested individuals must complete an application to be considered. Final applicants will submit a sample of their product as part of the final selection process.

To be included in the Arts Festival, applications for the Women’s Loan Program must be completed and submitted by 5pm on Wednesday, July 15th, 2009. Applications may be picked up at the downtown YWCA.

The YWCA supports economic empowerment for all women.