United Way Of Metropolitan Dallas Partners With Oventure To Support Women Entrepreneurs | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas


New Partnership Will Assist Women Small Business Owners Impacted by the Pandemic

DALLAS, TEXAS (April 15, 2021) United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is launching a new partnership with Oventure and its female co-founders to support, empower, and inspire women entrepreneurs across North Texas, specifically assisting women small business owners struggling as a result of the pandemic.  The partnership will help United Way fund financial assistance to help women business owners survive and thrive, after challenges created by winter storms and the pandemic.

United Way Big O Ring keychainOventure, a Dallas company dedicated to giving women an extra hand, will make a $10,000 donation to the Women of Tocqueville Fund for Women and Children. The company will also design a commemorative Women of Tocqueville Big O Key Ring keychain, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the fund, dedicated to empowering women and children across North Texas communities.

“We’re grateful to have a new ally in our work to support women right here in North Texas, equipping and encouraging them toward financial stability and economic mobility,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.  “United Way works 365 days a year to ensure women have the training and wraparound support like childcare to succeed in the workforce. Our whole community benefits when women thrive.”

Oventure was founded in 2012 by two Dallas-based women, Janie Cooke and Caroline Nix. The duo created their unique, patented Big O Key Rings to help ensure women will never lose their keys, while gaining an extra hand. Since its inception, Oventure has generated more than $20 million in sales revenue without any outside investments. Its products are sold online and in more than 4,000 boutiques across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Japan and the Caribbean, with plans to expand to Europe this year.

“Helping women is a pervasive part of our culture and the inspiration behind everything we do, from the products we design to our approach to the marketplace,” said Oventure Co-CEO Janie Cooke. “We are thrilled to partner with United Way, an organization known for creating opportunity and lasting impact, to help all women and children achieve financial stability.”

“Oventure is steeped in small business, as we work with boutique owners from coast to coast,” said Caroline Nix, Oventure’s Co-CEO. “We believe that women supporting other women is the best way to pay it forward and invest in our future.  We hope we can inspire even more women to start their own ventures.”

The Women of Tocqueville Fund for Women and Children was established in 2018 as a part of the United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas. The fund provides critical assistance for North Texas women and children through targeted financial and skill-based investments in the areas of education, income and health.  As of June 30, 2020, $12.7 million has been raised to support the fund.

“Our partnership with Oventure will drive continued impact to create an equitable economic environment for women,” said Kristy Faus, United Way’s Women of Tocqueville Women and Children’s Fund Co-Chair. “As our community recovers from the effects of the pandemic and navigates a path forward, support for women entrepreneurs is needed now more than ever.”

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About United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

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United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is a community-based nonprofit organization that believes in the power of unity to create lasting change. For over 90 years, we’ve brought people and resources together to strengthen Health, Education and Income – the building blocks of opportunity. Together, we work to achieve long-term results that help our community thrive. We encourage every North Texan to be a part of the change. To learn more about United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and how to give and get involved, visit UnitedWayDallas.org.

This article was published on: Apr 15, 2021