Getting Started

What is the Criteria for Selecting a Company?

The ATHENA of the Triangle Board of Directors makes all selections from applications received. Entrepreneurs are chosen based on their potential to effectively utilize an advisory panel’s ability to assist the company’s growth.
The criteria to be considered for the mentorship and guidance through the ATHENA PowerLink® program are:
  • Be owned by at least 51 percent by a woman:Tax Returns required as proof
  • Have been in operation for at least two years
  • Have a minimum of two employees. One can be the woman business owner herself.
  • Generate annual revenues of at least $250,000 if in manufacturing or retail, or $100,000 if in a service business
  • Have clearly defined company objectives/goals with explicit reasons for seeking ATHENA PowerLink assistance

If you are selected as a 2019 Business Owner, Your Responsibilities are:

Business Owner pays a one-time franchise fee of $600 at the start of the program to the Athena International Foundation.There is NO cost to go through the ATHENA of the Triangle program.
Business Owner will have provided a 20-minute presentation to the Selection Committee on an agreed upon date.
Business Owner is responsible for providing a suitable meeting place for the advisory panel, if needed.Some of the meetings may take place at a panel advisors office.
Business Owner provides the meeting agenda, any appropriate materials for the panel members and the panel coordinator including, but not limited to, past 3 years of tax returns, financial statements, an executive summary and company literature.
Business Owner must delineate specific company problems requiring the advice of panel members so that solutions can be suggested. Ultimately, the owner has the ability to accept or reject the suggestions made by panel members.