In this post, you’ll find resources on funding assistance, mentoring, online resources and more. Let's get started!
Funding Assistance for Women in BusinessFemale or otherwise, at one time or another, every business owner faces the prospect of raising money. With the multitude of financing options—each with various benefits and drawbacks—raising money can be overwhelming. This can be especially challenging when you're just starting a business, and the wrong choice can cause long-term ramifications to your business. In the following section, we’ll highlight resources on government funding, grants for women business owners, and alternative funding methods for women (like small business loans). By the end of this post, you’ll have all the educational resources you need to make yourself an expert on funding. Government Funding Via The Small Business Administration (SBA) Through the Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO), the SBA seeks to educate women business owners. One of their focuses is helping educate women of available government funding. Simply by heading to OWBO's webpage and browsing around, you’ll find several useful resources on this topic. OWBO also offers award grants for women business owners through their Women’s Business Center Grant Opportunities. By following this link, you can visit one of those centers to learn about grant opportunities. Another resource provided through the SBA is the 8(a) Business Development program. This program grants special access and resources to economically and socially disadvantaged business owners. Grants For Women Entrepreneurs Whoever you are, the best place to start learning about grants for women business owners is Grants.gov. Grants.gov is a government website where you can access over 900 grant programs from 26 different federal government agencies. In addition to being the access point for grants, the site also hosts the Grants Learning Center. There, you can learn everything you need to know about grants for women entrepreneurs, and for entrepreneurs in general. Another great resource is the National Institute of Health. Through their NIH Central Resource for Grants and Funding Information, you can learn about:
- The basics of grants
- The application process
- Pre and post-award processes