The SPARK Program

Since August of 2011, 214 women have completed the program with 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).  


SPARK'S MISSION

To cultivate the entrepreneural 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 a 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.

Course Information

  • Information sessions, application, and interview process begin July 2019. Click here to RSVP for an information session.
  • SPARK is an 11-week course that meets twice weekly beginning on September 3, 2019, and ending on December 3, 2019. Classes are two hours and offered in the morning from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. or in the evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please note there will be homework assignments which will require an additional 4-8 hours of work per week.
  • There is a $25 non-refundable application fee to apply and the cost of the program in 2019 is $325 (non-refundable) due upon acceptance into the program (installment plan available.) These fees are subject to change.

For more information contact:

Willow Wetherall
Project Director, WEI
(574) 284-4059
Email: wwetherall@saintmarys.edu