$1.5M Women’s Business Center Funding Announcement…

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Office of Women's Business Ownership - February 8, 2022

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Natalie M. Cofield


Dear Enterprising Women in Business Community:

Last Thursday, Administrator Isabella Guzman and the Office of Women’s Business Ownership at the U.S. Small Business Administration announced two historic funding opportunities for organizations looking to establish a new Women’s Business Center (WBC).

  • The first is a historic funding opportunity of $1.5 million for ten (10) new grant opportunities for established Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) aspiring to host a WBC. This announcement marks the first funding announcement of its kind for our office.  

  • The second is the availability of $150,000 to fund a new center in the state of Alaska.  The U.S. Small Business Administration will have a WBC in all fifty (50) states in the nation, another historic first for our office.

Below you will find additional information on both new funding opportunities.  We also invite you to register for our upcoming Women’s Business Center Grant Program Applicant Workshop for both funding opportunities on February 16, 2022 at 1:00 PM EST.

Please stay connected to learn more about all our upcoming events and announcements.

Regards,

Natalie Madeira Cofield

Natalie Madeira Cofield
Assistant Administrator
U. S. Small Business Administration

The SBA Announces $1.5M to Expand Outreach Centers for Women Entrepreneurs

On February 3, 2022, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced $1.5M to fund 10 new grant opportunities for established Minority Serving Institutions aspiring to establish hubs to provide business services and resources for women entrepreneurs.

The announcement highlights the Agency’s commitment to creating funding opportunities that increase equity for small business owners – a priority under SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. Through the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership’s (OWBO), the WBCs will help entrepreneurs pivot, grow and navigate new opportunities created through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, such as competing in the burgeoning industries solving climate change and to grow clean-energy supply chains that will help expand global exporting.

“Our efforts to help establish more Women’s Business Centers at Minority Serving Institutions across America will not only deliver on the Biden-Harris administration’s priority to invest in equity but also will help more women entrepreneurs—one of the most energetic, innovative and fastest-growing segments of our small business economy—drive America’s strong recovery and Build a Better America,” said Administrator Guzman.

"Under the leadership of Administrator Guzman, the Office of Women’s Business Ownership continues to work to advance the priorities of the Biden-Harris Administration.  Our office looks forward to supporting initiatives to ensure that multicultural women and the academic institutions that support them across the nation, have access to resources and support to advance entrepreneurial opportunities and preparation,” said Natalie Madeira Cofield, Assistant Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration.

OWBO invites you to register for their upcoming Women’s Business Center Grant Program Applicant Workshop for the MSI funding opportunity on February 16, 2022 at 1:00 PM EST.

Funding details and requirements are available at Grants.gov under “SB-OEDWB-22-001” (Funding Opportunity Number SB-OEDWB-22-001) offered by the SBA. | Learn More


SBA Administrator Guzman Announces $150,000 to Fund Women’s Business Center Expansion in Alaska

On February 3, 2022, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the availability of $150,000 for a new grant opportunity for established and aspiring Women’s Business Center host organizations to provide outcome-oriented business services for women entrepreneurs in Alaska. 

The new Alaska WBC, which will also be the first to serve the state of Alaska for the Agency in over a decade, will become the SBA’s 141st Women’s Business Center to offer one-on-one counseling, training, networking, workshops, technical assistance, and mentoring to women entrepreneurs on numerous business development topics, including business startup, financial management, marketing, and procurement.

“Under the Biden-Harris Administration, the SBA has continued to scale up to respond to extraordinary challenges, which has already led to strong economic gains including 6.4 million jobs added – the most in any year in U.S. history. Entrepreneurship continues to thrive as well and women, who are starting businesses among the highest rates, are leading the way. As women face historic barriers, I am committed to ensuring that they have the resources and support they need for success in creating the jobs, goods, and services for our economy,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman.

“We are excited to announce this funding opportunity which will ensure that women entrepreneurs in the state of Alaska receive the resources they deserve to start and scale. Today marks a historical moment for the women’s business center network by mapping the footprint of the WBC network across every state in the nation,” said Natalie Madeira Cofield, Assistant Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration.  

OWBO invites you to register for their upcoming Women’s Business Center Grant Program Applicant Workshop for the state of Alaska funding opportunity on February 16, 2022 at 1:00 PM EST.

Funding details and requirements are available at Grants.gov under “SB-OEDWB-22-002” (Funding Opportunity Number SB-OEDWB-22-002) offered by the SBA. | Read More


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