While the number of female entrepreneurs and business owners in the U.S. is steadily on the rise, women are still outnumbered by men. There are lots of resources available for women who want to start their own companies. Read on for more information about them.
1. SBA Women’s Business Centers
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has established a national network of more than 100 various educational centers across the country to help guide and assist entrepreneurial women. Managed by the SBA Office of Women’s Business Ownership, these Business Centers are available to assist women who want to grow or expand their current businesses, or want to open new ones. Click here to find one near you.
2. SBA Women-Owned Federal Contracting Program
Designed for women seeking federal contracting opportunities, this program authorizes contracting officers to set aside federal contracts specifically for women-owned small businesses — especially economically disadvantaged ones. There are four organizations that have been approved to act as Third Party Certifiers in this program:
- El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,
- National Women Business Owners Corporation,
- U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and
- Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
For more information on this program, visit the website.
3. Women’s Partner Groups
There are many organizations and councils that are not affiliated with the SBA but still provide great guidance and support for women who are or seek to become entrepreneurs. Some of these groups include the National Women’s Business Council, Association for Enterprise Opportunity, and Women Impacting Public Policy.
Biz2Credit has Loans for Women resource page. Biz2Credit loan specialists to help you with your small business. Visit Biz2credit.com or call (800) 200-5678 for help.