Texas Woman’s University – Center for Women Entrepreneurs

The Center for Women Entrepreneurs at TWU is committed to helping women in Texas become successful business owners. TWU is the first and only Texas university—public or private—to generate new women-owned businesses.


Whether you are a current business owner or are considering starting a business, we invite you to explore the many ways the Center for Women Entrepreneurs can assist you in achieving success. Together, we can accomplish great things. You do not have to be a part of the TWU System to use our services. We provide the tools for women-owned businesses to succeed, including:
  • Business Advising
  • Funding
  • Networking
  • Training
With campuses in Denton, Dallas, and Houston, TWU has a far-reaching network of Texas entrepreneurs, alumnae, business leaders, venture capitalists, and economic development experts to mentor our students and business clients. Our university programs focus on empowering women to succeed by developing the confidence to:
  • Lead
  • Embrace and foster change
  • Enhance their quality of life
  • Enrich the lives of others
These principles are key in the entrepreneurial spirit. The Center for Women Entrepreneurs is part of TWU’s Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership.  The JNIWL is dedicated to preparing women to take on successful roles in business and public service to ensure women have the education to establish careers as successful executives, the skills for building entrepreneurial businesses, and the framework needed to run for public office.

Services Provided

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting (Specialty)
  • Business Succession Planning (Specialty)
  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Diversification (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Crowdfunding
  • Debt Funding
  • Grant Funding

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Retention

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Training
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Legal Services

  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development (Specialty)

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Health and Safety Training
  • High Tech Development
  • Manufacturing Development
  • Technology Transfer (Specialty)

Marketing and Sales

  • Demographics/Census Data
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research


  • Formal Mentoring Programs (Specialty)
  • One-on-One Counseling (Specialty)
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Home Based
  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General (Specialty)

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • City Business Issues
  • Hispanic Business
  • LGBTQIA Business Issues
  • State Business Issues (Specialty)
  • Women’s Business Issues (Specialty)

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • HUBZone Certification
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Registration Assistance

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Home-Based Business Training (Specialty)
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits (Specialty)
  • Startup Business Counseling (Specialty)
  • Startup Classes (Specialty)

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training (Specialty)
  • Coding Schools, Bootcamps, Classes (Specialty)
  • Commercialization
  • Technology Transfer (Specialty)
  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services (Specialty)
  • Website Development


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training (Specialty)
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training (Specialty)
  • Business Management Training (Specialty)
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance (Specialty)
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing (Specialty)
  • Home-Based Business Training (Specialty)
  • Marketing Plan Training (Specialty)
  • Online Courses and Videos (Specialty)
  • Startup Classes (Specialty)
  • Trade Education and Training (Specialty)

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator (Specialty)
  • Incubator (Specialty)

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Pitch Events
Contact Information
Tracy Irby
1202 Old Main Circle #260
Denton, TX 76204