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Coalition for Women's Economic Development Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: Coalition for Women's Economic Development Collection, 1980-1999Save to your list.

Predominant Dates:1986-1999

ID: URB/CWED

Primary Creator: Coalition for Women's Economic Development

Extent: 17.96 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

Series I: Administrative Files, 1986-1999

      Subseries A: Office of the Executive Director, 1989-1997

      Subseries B: Meetings and Events, 1989-1996

      Subseries C: General Administrative Files, 1988-1999

      Subseries D: Affiliated Organizations, 1986-1996

Series II: Programming Materials, 1980-1996

      Subseries A: Program Development, 1980-1996

      Subseries B: Workshop Materials, 1989-1996

      Subseries C: Student Materials, 1989-1996

      Subseries D: Statistics, Reports, and Evaluations, 1989-1996

Series III: Press and Promotional Materials, 1989-1998

Date Acquired: 09/16/1996

Forms of Material: Maps, Paper records, Photographic material, Publications, Video recordings

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian, Russian

Abstract

The Coalition for Women's Economic Development was the first microenterprise development organization in Los Angeles and an early leader in the field of microenterprise development within the United States. The group's training and lending services initially focused on helping impoverished women become self-sufficient business owners and expanded over time to include men and low-to-moderate-income entrepreneurs. The Coalition for Women's Economic Development Collection dates from 1980-1999 and documents the group's activities and partnerships. The collection consists primarily of manuscript materials and includes some photographs, news clippings, and video recordings.

Biographical Note

The Coalition for Women's Economic Development (CWED) was conceived in early 1987 by a steering committee of women activists who were investigating ways to provide business development support for women. Beginning as a project of the Southern California Center for Nonprofit Management in January 1988, CWED was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in October of that same year with the mission "to help low-income women achieve self-sufficiency through self-employment." With a focus on small-business owners, CWED was the first microenterprise development organization in Los Angeles and one of the first in the United States.

Utilizing funding from grants and donations, CWED offered Micro-Business Training Programs beginning in 1989 and started issuing small loans through its Solidarity Circle Lending Program in 1990. Using workbooks and class materials developed by staff, CWED's training curriculum expanded over the years and covered topics such as bookkeeping, business start-up and management, market research, and loan management. Beyond educating and providing access to capital, the group aimed to empower and improve the self-confidence of their participants.

The coalition also contributed to policy development surrounding street vending and home-based business ordinances, assisted communities in forming their own microloan programs, and set up relief funds for women-owned businesses that were affected by L.A.'s civil unrest in 1992. Together with other organizations, CWED helped to establish the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) in 1991, the California Association for Microenterprise Opportunity (CAMEO) in 1992, and the Self-Employment Learning Project (SELP) in 1992 which developed evaluation methods for monitoring the progress of microenterprise programs across the United States.

In December 1995, CWED's Board of Directors voted to close its programming operations. The management of their microloan portfolio continued through 1996 and in 1998, after 10 years of incorporation, the Coalition for Women’s Economic Development dissolved. The group reported that while in operation more than 7,000 women and men in the Los Angeles area had attended CWED's Business Orientation Workshop and more than 2,000 individuals had successfully completed one of the training or lending series. Between 1990 and 1995 the Coalition for Women's Economic Development disbursed more than $600,000 in loans to microentrepreneurs across Los Angeles.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Coalition for Women's Economic Development Collection documents the activities, programs, services, and policies of the first microenterprise development organization in Los Angeles, California. The collection also reveals early collaborative efforts within the field of microenterprise development during its inception in the United States. The collection dates from 1980-1999, with the bulk of materials dating from 1986-1999. It consists of three series: Administrative Files (1986-1999), Programming Materials (1980-1996), and Press and Promotional Materials (1989-1998).

Series I, Administrative Files, is further divided into four subseries. Subseries A, Office of the Executive Director (1989-1997), contains correspondence, memos, and announcements for board and staff meetings. It covers the tenure of some, but not all who held the role of Executive Director during CWED's operating years. Subseries B, Meetings and Events (1989-1996), contains agendas and minutes from board and staff meetings, retreats, and various luncheons as well as some planning notes, photographs, and event programs. Duplicative items may exist within the Board of Directors files. Subseries C, General Administrative Files (1988-1999), consists of housekeeping records such as employee forms, sample proposals, policies and procedures, as well as some financial documents, licenses, and contracts. Fundraising resources, proposals, correspondence, and reports are also included. Subseries D, Affiliated Organizations (1986-1996), contains materials related to many of the organizations with whom CWED cooperated. The nature of affiliation varies and may include programming collaboration, contracted services, and/or funding solicitation. The files consist of contracts, correspondence, financials, some meeting agendas and minutes, notes, proposals, and reports depending on the organization and the nature of affiliation. Publications such as brochures, newsletters, and annual reports are also included. All subseries within Series I are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within.

Series II, Programming Materials, is further divided into four subseries which follow the planning, delivery, and outcome of CWED's training and lending services. Subseries A, Program Development (1980-1996), consists of publications such as articles, brochures, pamphlets, reports, workbooks, and videos which likely served as resources for CWED curriculum planning and policy collaborations. Related committee agendas, notes, and proposals are also included. Subseries B, Workshop Materials (1989-1996), consists primarily of workbooks, forms, and handouts used in CWED's training and lending programs. A small number of staff forms and policies are also included, as well as outside resources for students and graduates. Subseries C, Student Materials (1989-1996), contains completed workshop assignments, a portfolio of Solidarity Circle participants, photographs of students at workshops and events, and a notebook which documents the status of students' loan applications. Subseries D, Statistics, Reports, and Evaluations (1989-1996), is made up of various reports and surveys documenting the demographics of CWED's students and borrowers; some of this information is seen in larger reports and proposals to affiliated organizations. Also included are focus group notes and evaluations intended to gauge and improve CWED's services. All subseries within Series II are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within.

Series III, Press and Promotional Materials, primarily consists of newspaper clippings and videos featuring CWED, its students, or related microenterprise efforts. The series also includes awards and recognition presented to CWED along with the coalition's official publications, such as its newsletter, press kit, promotional brochures. Series III is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 8.53 GB of electronic records

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Mari Riddle

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Christine Hertzel and Inderdeep Kaur, 2015


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Browse by Series:

[Series I: Administrative Files, 1986-1999]
[Series II: Programming Materials, 1980-1996]
[Series III: Press and Promotional Materials, 1989-1998],
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Series II: Programming Materials, 1980-1996Save to your list.
Subseries A: Program Development, 1980-1996Save to your list.
Box 26Save to your list.
Folder 11: "Asian-American Success in Self-Employment", 1993Save to your list.
Folder 12: Block Grants, "Consolidation Countdown" Workshop Materials, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 13: "Bootstrap Banking", 1987Save to your list.
Folder 14: "The Business Tool: A Business Start-Up Reference Guide", 1994Save to your list.
Folder 15: "The Day Care Provider's Easy Bookkeeping System for 1992," Spanish Version, 1991Save to your list.
Folder 16: Debt Collection and Small Claims Brochures and Handbooks, 1992-1993Save to your list.
Folder 17: "Family Day Care Handbook," California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, 1987Save to your list.
Folder 18: "Family Day Care Handbook," California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, 1987Save to your list.
Folder 19: "Feasability Study for a Financial Intermediary for Microenterprise Development", 1994-1995Save to your list.
Box 27Save to your list.
Folder 1: Financial Management Publications, 1986, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 2: Full Circle Fund Loan Programming Resources, 1990-1991Save to your list.
Folder 3: "The Grameen Bank: Community Economic Development for the Poor", 1988Save to your list.
Folder 4: Group Savings Programming ResourcesSave to your list.
Folder 5: "Guía para la planeación de su negocio: elabore usted mismo el plan de su negocio", 1991Save to your list.
Folder 6: "La herramienta de negocios: una guía de referencia para comenzar su negocio", 1994Save to your list.
Folder 7: Home-Based Business Ordinances and Policy Report, 1990-1992Save to your list.
Folder 8: "Home-Based Enterprises in Cities of Developing Countries", 1987Save to your list.
Folder 9: "The Institutionalization of Microcredit: Moving Forward by Looking Back", 1993Save to your list.
Folder 10: Loan Fund Committee Materials and Program Proposals, 1988-1990Save to your list.
Folder 11: Loan Fund Grant Proposal Drafts, 1989Save to your list.
Folder 12: Load Fund Implementation Resources, 1980, 1986-1989Save to your list.
Folder 13: Loan Fund Implementation Resources, 1992Save to your list.
Box 28Save to your list.
Folder 1: "Make a Real Job of It: The Instant Muscle Way Including Odd Jobs and Co-operatives", 1985Save to your list.
Folder 2: Managing Success Workshop, 1992-1993Save to your list.
Folder 3: Micro-Enterprise Resources, 1987, 1990-1996Save to your list.
Folder 4: "The Policy: Making the Case for an Asset Base", 1992Save to your list.
Folder 5: Proposed Changes to CWED Work Plan and Timetable, 1991-1992Save to your list.
Folder 6: Self-Employment Initiatives, Normal Council for Urban Economic Development, October 1988Save to your list.
Folder 7: "Show and Sell: A Guide to Advertising and Promotions for Small Businesses and Neighborhood Commercial Districts", 1987Save to your list.
Folder 8: "Sidewalk Vending: Fundamentals of the Business and a Survey of Programs"Save to your list.
Folder 9: Small Business Development ResourcesSave to your list.
Folder 10: "Small Business Handbook," Los Angeles Business Journal, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 11: Small Business Marketing Workbook, 1989Save to your list.
Folder 12: Street Vending Policies and Task Force Report, 1989-1992Save to your list.
Folder 13: Street Vending Task Force, 1993-1995Save to your list.
Folder 14: Su Plan de Negocio, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 15: U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Hunger Report, 1987Save to your list.
Folder 16: Women's Economic Development Group, Small Business PlannerSave to your list.
Folder 17: "Your International Business Plan" Workbook, 1989Save to your list.
Digital Box 40Save to your list.
Folder 1: Program Development VideosSave to your list.
Item 1: Employer's Guide to Managing Employee Costs, 1992Save to your list.
Item 2: Expanding Small Business Opportunities for Bankers - National Congress for Community, September 1987Save to your list.
Subseries B: Workshop Materials, 1989-1996Save to your list.
Box 29Save to your list.
Folder 1: Attendance Forms and Remittance Reminder FormsSave to your list.
Folder 2: Bookkeeping WorkbookSave to your list.
Folder 3: Bookkeeping Workshop Registration FormSave to your list.
Folder 4: Business Plan Workbook, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 5: Business Plan Workbook, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 6: Business Plan Workshop Instructor's Manual, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 7: Business Plan Workshop Registration Forms, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 8: The Business of Service Business WorkbookSave to your list.
Folder 9: Commercial Real Estate Seminar Handouts and Registration FormsSave to your list.
Folder 10: Entrepreneur Mentoring Program Handouts and Registration Forms with Map, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 11: Family Day Care Instruction BookSave to your list.
Folder 12: Fast Track Lending Program Handouts and Registration FormsSave to your list.
Folder 13: First Workbook, 1989-1991Save to your list.
Folder 14: Get Ready for Business Workbook, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 15: Get Ready for Business Workbook, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 16: Get Ready for Business Workbook, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 17: Get Ready for Business Workbook, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 18: Get Ready for Business Workshop Evaluation FormsSave to your list.
Folder 19: Graduation Ceremony Forms, Handouts, and ProgramsSave to your list.
Folder 20: Graduate Support Associations, 1993-1994Save to your list.
Folder 21: Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles Workshop FliersSave to your list.
Folder 22: Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles Workshop MaterialsSave to your list.
Folder 23: Intake Materials, 1993-1995Save to your list.
Box 30Save to your list.
Folder 1: Investigacion de Mercado Workbook, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 2: Loan Application FormsSave to your list.
Folder 3: Loan Application GuidelinesSave to your list.
Folder 4: Loan Preparation Workshop Handouts and Registration Forms, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 5: Market Research Workbook, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 6: Micro-Business Workshop Policies and Instruction Manual, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 7: Minority Entrepreneur Mentoring Program Flier and Forms, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 8: Orientation Handouts, 1994-1995Save to your list.
Folder 9: Plan de Negocio Workbook, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 10: Plan de Negocio Workbook, Draft TwoSave to your list.
Folder 11: Plan de Negocio Workbook, Draft ThreeSave to your list.
Folder 12: Plan de Negocio Workbook, Draft FourSave to your list.
Folder 13: Preparandose para comenzar su Negocio Workbook, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 14: Preparandose para comenzar su Negocio Workbook, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 15: Preparandose para comenzar su Negocio Workbook, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 16: Preparandose para comenzar su Negocio Workbook, 1996Save to your list.
Box 31Save to your list.
Folder 1: Preparandose para comenzar su Negocio WorkbookSave to your list.
Folder 2: Preparandose para comenzar su Negocio Workshop Registration Form, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 3: Solidarity Circle Guidelines and FormsSave to your list.
Folder 4: Solidarity Circle Materials, 1989-1991, 1994, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 5: Staff Forms and Policies, 1994-1995Save to your list.
Folder 6: Student Resources, 1994, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 7: Workbook Draft for Revision, Russian VersionSave to your list.
Subseries C: Student Materials, 1989-1996Save to your list.
Box 31Save to your list.
Folder 8: Loan Application Review Notebook, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 9: Loan Application Review Notebook, 1994-1995Save to your list.
Folder 10: Student Business Plans, 1992, 1995-1996Save to your list.
Folder 11: Student Business Plans, Numbers 1-14Save to your list.
Folder 12: Student Business Plans, Numbers 16-35Save to your list.
Folder 13: Student Business Plans, Numbers 36-60Save to your list.
Box 32Save to your list.
Folder 1: Student Business Plans, Numbers 61-85Save to your list.
Folder 2: Student Business Plans, Numbers 87-105Save to your list.
Folder 3: Student Business Plans, Numbers 106-130Save to your list.
Folder 4: Student Business Plans, Numbers 131-155Save to your list.
Folder 5: Student Business Plans, Numbers 158-200Save to your list.
Folder 6: Student Business Plans, Numbers 201-245Save to your list.
Folder 7: Student Business Plans, Numbers 246-260Save to your list.
Box 33Save to your list.
Folder 1: Student Business Plans, Numbers 261-280Save to your list.
Folder 2: Student Business Plans, Numbers 281-290Save to your list.
Folder 3: Student Business Plans, Numbers 291-310, 330Save to your list.
Folder 4: Student Business Plans Returned to Clients, 1995-1996Save to your list.
Box 36Save to your list.
Folder 8: African Marketplace, Photographic Prints, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 9: Annual Bazaar, Photographic Prints, 1989-1990Save to your list.
Folder 10: Annual Bazaar, Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Folder 11: Annual Bazaar, Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Folder 12: Annual Bazaar, Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Folder 13: Annual Bazaar, Photographic Prints and NegativesSave to your list.
Folder 14: Business Workshop Graduates, Photographic Prints, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 15: Denker, Echo Park, and West Hollywood Participants, Photographic Slides, 1990Save to your list.
Box 37Save to your list.
Folder 1: Felix's Grand Opening of Restaurant, Photographic Slides, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 2: Graduates, Photographic Prints, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 3: Graduation Ceremony, Photographic Slides, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 4: Micro-Business Workshops, Photographic Prints, 1989-1990Save to your list.
Folder 5: Micro-Business Workshops, Photographic Prints, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 6: Micro-Business Workshops, Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Folder 7: Micro-Business Workshops, Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Folder 8: Micro-Business Workshops, Photographic Prints and Contact SheetSave to your list.
Folder 9: Micro-Business Workshops, Photographic Prints and NegativesSave to your list.
Folder 10: Solidarity Circle "Amena 5," Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Folder 11: Solidarity Circle "El Progreso," Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Folder 12: Solidarity Circle "El Progreso de Bellas Ilusiones," Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Folder 13: Solidarity Circle "Five Star Unlimited," Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Folder 14: Solidarity Circle "Las Independientes," Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Box 38Save to your list.
Folder 1: Solidarity Circle "Maranatha," Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Folder 2: Solidarity Circle "Mujeres Buscando Fortuna," Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Folder 3: Solidarity Circle Participant Portfolio with Photographic Prints, 1990-1992Save to your list.
Folder 4: Solidarity Circle "Progresando Juntas," Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Folder 5: Solidarity Circle "Ranacer," Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Folder 6: Solidarity Circles, Photographic Prints and Contact SheetsSave to your list.
Folder 7: Solidarity Circles, Photographic Prints and NegativesSave to your list.
Folder 8: Solidarity Circles and Street Vendors, Photographic Prints, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 9: Street Vendors, Photographic Prints and Slides, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 10: Student Business Plan, Number 87 with Photographic PrintSave to your list.
Box 39Save to your list.
Folder 1: Unidentified Photographic Prints, 1993-1994Save to your list.
Folder 2: Unidentified Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Folder 3: Unidentified Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Folder 4: Unidentified Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Folder 5: Unidentified Photographic PrintsSave to your list.
Folder 6: Unidentified Photographic Prints and NegativesSave to your list.
Folder 7: Unidentified Photographic Prints and NegativesSave to your list.
Folder 8: Unidentified Photographic Prints and NegativesSave to your list.
Folder 9: Unidentified Photographic Prints and NegativesSave to your list.
Folder 10: Unidentified Photographic Prints, Negatives, and PostcardsSave to your list.
Folder 11: Unidentified Photographic Slides and NegativesSave to your list.
Subseries D: Statistics, Reports, and Evaluations, 1989-1996Save to your list.
Box 33Save to your list.
Folder 5: Aid for Dependent Children Focus Group, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 6: Client Count by City and Los Angeles County Census Data, 1990-1996Save to your list.
Folder 7: Client Count within City of Los Angeles, 1994-1996Save to your list.
Folder 8: Client Demographics Reports and Graphs, 1989-1996Save to your list.
Folder 9: Client Demographics and Workshop Statistics, 1989-1992Save to your list.
Folder 10: Client Demographics for Federal Reserve Presentation, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 11: Client Testimonials, 1994-1995Save to your list.
Folder 12: Evaluation Data and Implementation Resources, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 13: Follow-Up Surveys, 1993, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 14: Get Ready for Business Workshop Survey, 1995Save to your list.
Box 34Save to your list.
Folder 1: Job Creation Survey NotesSave to your list.
Folder 2: Loan Borrower Demographics Reports and GraphsSave to your list.
Folder 3: Loan Borrower Focus Group, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 4: Loan Portfolio Measurements, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 5: Loan Reports, 1994, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 6: Loan Summaries, 1990-1996Save to your list.
Folder 7: "Methodology for CWED Program Impact Evaluation", 1993Save to your list.
Folder 8: Micro-Business Workshop Evaluations, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 9: Samuels Center Women and Economic Development Survey, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 10: Solidarity Circle Loan Numbers, 1993-1994Save to your list.
Folder 11: Survey Submissions to Outside Organizations, 1993-1995Save to your list.
Folder 12: Workshop Reports, Enrollment Statistics and Program Highlights with Graphs and Maps, 1989-1993Save to your list.
Folder 13: Workshop Reports, Enrollment Statistics and Program Highlights, 1994-1995Save to your list.
Folder 14: Workshop Reports, Monthly Update to Board of Directors, February 1992-September 1993Save to your list.
Folder 15: Workshop Reports, Monthly Update to Board of Directors, October-December 1993Save to your list.
Folder 16: Workshop Reports, Monthly Update to Board of Directors, January 1994Save to your list.
Folder 17: Workshop Reports, Monthly Update to Board of Directors, December 1994Save to your list.

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