Running a business is tough in normal circumstances. Adding in the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately impacted women-owned small businesses, and running a business on your own can feel near impossible.
That’s where Equita Financial Network comes in. Founded in May 2018, Equita was born out of a need to fuel business success while empowering other women in the financial services industry. Equita became the first platform solely focused on women-led financial planning firms, designed to encourage women to make the leap into launching their own practice and provide solutions to support them every step of the way.
In today’s blog post, we’ll be highlighting some of the concrete ways Equita helps solo firm owners succeed:
A great value that Equita offers to Member Firms is community, something that has been even more important during the COVID-19 crisis. Member Firms, based all over the country, share best practices with each other on marketing, collaborate on opportunities, and have investment conversations, just to name a few topics.
Business and Marketing Coaching:
The business coach and marketing coach provided by Equita to all Member Firms is truly focused on helping members grow.
Our investment partners provide investment and trading solutions for all Equita Member Firm clients and are incredibly present and approachable. Client solutions are customized and members have access to an investment team that otherwise would be prohibitively expensive were they to engage outside of the Equita platform.
Annual Scholarship for CFP® Certification Exam:
We cover the cost of taking the CFP® certification exam because we believe that Member Firms should be experts in financial planning. We support women building the firms they want, but they must be of the highest expertise and ethics, which CFP® designation connotes.
We pay for membership for all Member Firms to National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), which provides them a robust community of like-minded fee-only planners and great resources.
Grow Your Business with Equita Financial Network
Katie Burke and I are passionate about helping women thrive in financial services — an industry that’s often not welcoming to women. Just take a look as this recent survey of 2,000 finance industry professionals, which found that “far fewer women than men are promoted in the finance industry unless they first ask for seniority, a sign of institutional gender bias.” The survey found that 76 percent of men were offered a promotion at least once without requesting it — compared with 57 percent of women.
This study is frustrating to read, but it’s not surprising; it confirms what Katie and I, too, experienced in our financial advisory careers before we broke away and started our own firms, WealthChoice and Method Financial Planning.
Equita is focused on providing a platform and community to women-led fee-only financial planning firms that want to grow. Interested in joining? Reach out to our team today.