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Business | Resources for Women

Business | Resources for Women

This March, the SBA reaffirms its commitment to helping women-owned small businesses start, grow, expand, and recover.

From the Small Business Administration

  1. Women’s Business Centers: Women still face unique obstacles in the business world. The Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) helps them navigate those obstacles through its Women’s Business Centers (WBCs). WBCs offer business training and counseling, as well as programs on how to win federal contracts and access capital. With over 130 locations, there is likely a WBC near you.
  2. Lender Match: Even the most promising business concepts need help getting off the ground. That is where the right funding makes all the difference. SBA-backed loans make it possible for businesses, especially disadvantaged ones, to access the credit and capital they need. The SBA also offers some grant programs for businesses in specialized fields.
  3. Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program: Did you know the federal government has a 5% contracting goal for women-owned small businesses? The Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program helps the government hit that target. With economic disadvantage standards similar to the 8(a) Business Development program, this initiative makes it easier for women-owned small businesses to compete for federal contracts.
  4. Online Learning Platform: The SBA’s online learning platform empowers and equips small business owners with necessary knowledge and tools. It has something for every stage of an entrepreneur’s experience including Ascent, a free online learning platform for women interested in growing their small businesses.

During Women’s History Month, celebrate women entrepreneurs and learn more about SBA’s programs and services that support women in business at sba.gov/women

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