Allied Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) was incorporated on January 14, 2015 in Fort Collins, Colorado, as a state registered nonprofit corporation. AWE’s founding members, Amber Hinds, Carolyn Spranger, Dani Stringer, Darcy Peters, and Melinda Walker, all businesses owners in the Front Range, saw a need for a local organization to provide education and support for entrepreneurial women at all stages of business ownership. After several weeks of discussion, the five women agreed to step up to the challenge of filling that need, and quickly moved to make AWE a reality. Not long after, Jennifer Kalous joined AWE’s team.
Within two weeks of agreeing upon a common goal, the founders had settled on mission and vision statements, established a name and branding, incorporated with the state of Colorado, and approved a set of bylaws. Within another two weeks, documentation was filed to establish Allied Women Entrepreneurs as a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
AWE’s strength lies in the unity of its founders; each step of its creation was driven not by one person with one idea, but by the group coming together with a common vision to empower women to reach their professional goals as entrepreneurs through education, networking, mentoring, and business development.
AWE officially launched to the public on April 22, 2015. In the first year, more than 135 women became members. By October 2015, a scholarship program was established to provide financial assistance to women seeking to improve their business skills and knowledge.
Still in the early stages, AWE is expanding its membership throughout Northern Colorado and building upon the excitement of its board members and the community.