Programs at The Commons



Empowering and connecting female entrepreneurs with the resources they need for business and professional success.

Our Women’s Entrepreneurial Council is a program initiative of The Commons that works to empower women entrepreneurs with connection and guidance from incredible resources within our community. We aggregate resources and leverage community expertise with our Women’s Best Awards℠ events and programs to help them build their businesses and enhance their skills.

Although women entrepreneurs are starting businesses at twice the pace of men and making 80 percent of purchasing decisions, women face significant obstacles when it comes to accessing the funding, education, mentors and markets for starting sustainable businesses. Simply put, we have work to do.

Did you know? We maintain a running list of women-owned businesses that you can view and consider supporting with your buying power. Women-owned businesses and women entrepreneurs, you’re invited to contribute to this list! Consider this list when you need to buy products or services.

What to Expect

Year-round opportunities for entrepreneurial women to find resources, networks, and inspiration for the journey.

Upcoming Events

Thu Nov 5 • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Women's Best Awards℠ | Best Pitch 2020 Sponsored by Independent Financial

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Women’s Entrepreneurial Council, in partnership with the Women’s Investor Network (WIN), an initiative of Rockies Venture Club (RVC), are excited to announce the inaugural year of the Women’s Best Awards℠ | Best Pitch 2020 Sponsored by Independent Financial.

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If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please email within two weeks of the event start date.

You will be contacted by someone from our team to discuss your specific needs. Please include your contact information.

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Past Talent

The Women’s Entrepreneurial Council hosts several events annually that connect women entrepreneurs with top resources and leaders in business. View our past talent. 

Resource Guide

Discover resources to help you start and grow your business. This resource guide was compiled from largest gathering in Denver to connect with local organizations dedicated to supporting emerging female entrepreneurs and business owners.


Tesa Johnson Ferrell Jones | Founder of Akasha Be Well

After a career in military service, Tesa Johnson Ferrell Jones founded Akasha Be Well Skincare to create highly effective natural products to nourish the skin and body.


Teresa Densmore | Director of Art Restart

Teresa Densmore is a social entrepreneur leading Art Restart, a social enterprise of The Gathering Place that provides women experiencing homelessness with opportunities to sell reproductions of their original art.


Cat Jaffee | Founder of House of Pod

After a career in military service, Tesa Johnson Ferrell Jones founded Akasha Be Well Skincare to create highly effective natural products to nourish the skin and body.


The Women’s Entrepreneurship Council is an affiliate council of the Downtown Denver Partnership that supports the Commons on Champa. Our goal is for Denver to become the best place in the country for women to start businesses.


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