NASHVILLE: This morning, Pathway Women’s Business Center, a division of Pathway Lending that supports women entrepreneurs in the Nashville and surrounding area, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the recent completion and grand opening of its facility.
Pathway Women’s Business Center is the only resource in the Nashville and Clarksville region focused on women entrepreneurs. The Center launched in early 2015 and supports entrepreneurs in all stages of their business, from emerging to established.
“Pathway Women’s Business Center has already done great work since its formal launch early this year. The dedicated facility will enable that work to expand and support the needs of our clients,” said Mildred Walters, director of Pathway Women’s Business Center. “The Center now has more space for our education and training courses as well as a café with Wi-Fi, spaces for mentoring and counseling. Each of these helps extend the foundation from which women-owned businesses can build.”
The space was created to meet the needs of the center and provide collaborative and private work space to clients. The café offers entrepreneurs an alternative work space that lends itself to informal meetings—both planned and serendipitous. Healthy vending machines, supplied by a client of the Center, are provided in the café. The training room easily accommodates 50 people and will be used for a variety of regular training, class and workshop sessions. The new facility leaves the organization with room to grow as it expands its services and clients.
As an avid supporter of women business ownership, Mayor Karl Dean was in attendance to celebrate the expanded space and capabilities that are now available to Nashville-Clarksville region entrepreneurs. Others speakers during the event included Erin Andrew, U.S. Small Business Administration’s assistant administrator for women’s business ownership, and Jim Schmitz, Middle Tennessee president for Regions Bank.
“Pathway Lending’s focus on providing lending solutions and educational services to underserved small businesses has led to this day. Throughout our 15-year history, we have deliberately and methodically expanded the breadth of solutions and services we offer the businesses we serve, including those owned by women,” said Clint Gwin, president of Pathway Lending. “We are excited to have the opportunity to bring additional resources to woman-owned businesses with the opening of the Pathway Women’s Business Center and are fortunate to have the support of our long term partners at U.S. Small Business Administration in this endeavor.”
The Pathway Women’s Business Center provides in-depth business consulting, classroom training, peer-to-peer learning, and online events on topics such as strategies for business expansion, cash flow management, and access to capital. The Center serves women-owned businesses in all areas of business, including service and retail industries, and will also provide offerings targeted toward the technology, manufacturing, healthcare and automotive sectors. The Center is supported in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).