Project Eve is dedicated to furthering women's understanding about business and overcoming hindrances to action. In addition to relieving some of the fear and uncertainty tied to starting a business, the free website http://projecteve.com provides its members access to hard to find business resources, the ability to develop relationships with people previously thought out of reach and a receptive platform to demonstrate their expertise, market, and grow their business.
As of 2012, it is estimated that there are more than 8.3 million women-owned businesses in the United States, generating nearly $1.3 trillion in revenue and employing nearly 7.7 million people, according to the second annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express OPEN. Despite the growth in the number (up 54%), employement (up 9%) and revenues (up 58%) of women-owned firms over the past 15 years women-lead startups only make up 35% of entrepreneurial activity in the U.S. Project Eve aims to help close the remaining gap.
Meridith Dennes, Co-Founder and CEO describes how she envisions the website working, “If we could create a trusted community of like-minded women who want to see each other succeed, we could help more women-owned businesses grow and thrive…a woman starting a new children's clothing line in St. Louis could hire an ex-ad exec in LA to help develop a branding strategy…. an aspiring caterer could inquire about the benefits of renting a commercial kitchen…a start-up could hire a part-time web designer? a blogger? a grant-writer?