Grant and Loans for Women-Owned Small Businesses

One of the cornerstones of a healthy community is a vibrant and diverse small business sector. The federal and state governments offer a variety of programs and support for women owned small businesses.

Use these resources to help to start of expand your business

Learn More about SBA Women's Business Centers see here

Women's Business Centers (WBCs) stand for a nationwide network of nearly 100 instructional centers throughout the United States and its territories, which are created to help women in beginning and growing small companies. WBCs seek to "level the playing field" for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in business world.

SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership (OWBO) oversees the WBC network, which provides entrepreneurs (specifically women who are economically or socially disadvantaged) comprehensive training and counseling on a range of topics in numerous languages.

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Many of the SBA programs offering Small Business Grants, Loan Programs and Counseling Programs for women are offered through universities and centers.

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SBA Resources for Women-Owned Businesses
SBA Resources for Women-Owned Businesses
The Small Business Administration has a variety of offerings to assist woman entrepreneurs start and grow and their business endeavors. This latest video provides an in introduction to how the SBA can help you.

SBA Celebrates Woman-Owned Veteran Small Businesses
SBA Celebrates Woman-Owned Veteran Small Businesses
Woman Business Owners from around the country join U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet for this special Veteran's Day Google Hangout-On-Air.

Small Business Administration Backgound
Small Business Administration Backgound
The Small Business Administration was established in 1953. Since that time the agency has dispensed millions of dollars in loans and loan guarantees, contracts, consulting assistance and other programs for small business across the United States.

Business Startup Toolkit
Business Startup Toolkit
A toolkit developed for the Small Business Administration that let's community-based organizations set up workshops for aspiring business owners.

Small Business Administration Loan Guarantees Program
Small Business Administration Loan Guarantees Program
The Small Business Administration has established the Loan Guarantees Program wherein they aim to be able to provide guaranteed loans to small business establishments which are not capable of acquiring financing from a private credit marketplace but greatly manifests the ability to repay funds in a timely manner.

SBA Portable Assistance Program
SBA Portable Assistance Program
The Portable Assistance Program seeks to provide grants to Small Business Development Lead Centers that provide services to small businesses in an effort to increase the success of small business establishments and their viability in certain communities where economic hardship is apparent and is attributable to the impact of a major disaster.

Introduction to the Small Business Administration
Introduction to the Small Business Administration
If you're looking for a way to help your business grow, now would be a good time to understand how the government can help you with your small business needs.

How The Government Can Help Your Small Business
How The Government Can Help Your Small Business
The Small Business Administration is largely responsible for providing indirect financial assistance to entrepreneurs and small business establishments. In most cases, the primary role of the SBA is to provide several financial assistance program to small business that have been specially designed to meet essential financing needs.

Community Development Financial Institutions
Community Development Financial Institutions
CDFI's could be community development banks, community development credit unions, community development venture capital funds, micro-enterprise development loan funds, or community development corporations.

SBA - Small Business Investment Companies
SBA - Small Business Investment Companies
The Small Business Administration has inititiated the Small Business Investment Companies program to help in developing privately owned and managed investment companies which will be licensed and regulated by the Small Business Administration to provide equity capital, long term loans, and advisory services to small business requiring such services.





Featured Government Grant Resources

Department of Agriculture: Value Added Producer Grants

The Value-Added Producer Grants program is geared towards helping the Independent Producers of Agricultural Commodities, Agriculture Producer Groups, Farmer and Rancher Cooperatives, and Majority-Controlled Producer-Based Business Ventures in developing techniques that would create marketing opportunities and establish business plans involving viable marketing opportunities that involve the production of bio-based products from agricultural commodities.



Common Bean Productivity Research for Global Food Security Competitive Grants Program

In keeping with this mission, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture has recently established the Common Bean Productivity Research for Global Food Security Competitive Grants Program in an attempt to develop approaches and methods that can efficiently address the various challenges facing common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) production among small holder producers in food insecure countries.




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