SBA Administrator Announces Five New Women’s Business Centers To be Operated by Minority Serving Institutions and one is in Fairfield, Alabama

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Release Date: May 24, 2022

 

 

 

 

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SBA Administrator Announces Five New Women’s Business Centers and one is in Fairfield, Alabama

 

BIRMINGHAM, AL – On May 23, 2022, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice for America’s 32.5 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet, announced the selection of five new Women’s Business Centers (WBC) operated by established Minority Serving Institutions (MSI).

Below is the full list of new WBCs hosted by MSIs:

  • California State University, Fresno Foundation
  • CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corporation on behalf of California State University, Fullerton
  • Miles College Center for Economic and Social Justice
  • National Institute of Minority Economic Development, Inc. on behalf of Bennett College
  • Rockville Economic Development on behalf of Bowie State University

This historic funding announcement builds on strategies outlined in the recently released SBA Equity Action Plan and the Biden-Harris Administration’s equity agenda. The selected MSI WBCs will support technical assistance to women entrepreneurs; assist nascent entrepreneurs in business plan development and accessing capital; provide educational experiences for MSI students interested in entrepreneurship; offer outreach services and activities, including training, workshops, and information dissemination to MSI students; and support the development and dissemination of curricula, training materials, guides, and evidence-based practices that can be used to enhance entrepreneurship education.

Since March 2021, 30 new Women’s Business Centers have opened. Among the newest WBCs are now 10 affiliated with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and three at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) – tripling the number of WBCs at HBCUs and HSIs - and two in Puerto Rico. This announcement marks the continued expansion by OWBO to support the largest WBC network in the history of the SBA.

In March 2022, OWBO announced the expansion of its national WBC network to all 50 states and Puerto Rico. This announcement will bring the total number of Women’s Business Centers to 146 nationwide and adding Miles College Center for Economic and Social Justice to Alabama's list of Women's Business Centers.

"We are extremely excited to have a new Women’s Business Center launching within Alabama, and we look forward to working with the Miles College Center for Economic and Social Justice in offering outreach and assistance to woman entrepreneurs in the central Alabama region" said Thomas Todt, SBA Alabama District Director

 

Alabama's

Women's Business Centers

 

Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship (The Catalyst Center) Women's Business Center - a project of the Catalyst Center.

515 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville, Alabama 35816

info@catalystcenter.org

256-428-8190

Home webpage: The Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship

 

Regional Economic Assistance Communicating Hope (REACH) - a project of the Catalyst Center.

Clanton, Alabama 

info@catalystcenter.org

256-428-8190

Home webpage: The Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship

 

Miles College Center for Economic and Social Justice 

5500 Myron Massey Blvd, Fairfield, Alabama 35064

205-929-1000

Home webpage: Miles College Center for Economic & Social Justice

 

To find other WBC locations and additional SBA resources, visit www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance.

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

About the Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO)

The Office of Women’s Business Ownership’s (OWBO) mission is to enable and empower women entrepreneurs through advocacy, outreach, education, and support.  Since it was established in response to an Executive Order in 1979, OWBO has provided training, counseling, technical assistance, access to credit and capital, as well as marketing opportunities to women. 

To learn more about SBA’s programs and services for women entrepreneurs, visit  www.sba.gov/women. To find other WBC locations and SBA resources, visit www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance.

About the SBA Alabama District Office

The designated local field office based in Birmingham, Alabama to assist with small business owners and entrepreneurs getting connected to local SBA resources. The Alabama District Office is led by district Director, Thomas Todt and is located at 2 20th Street N, Suite 325, Birmingham, Alabama 35203. Due to the pandemic, the office remains closed to the public, staff are currently teleworking, and calls to 205-290-7101 are answered. To learn more and see events, see the district office webpage.

About the Miles College Center for Economic and Social Justice

Miles College, founded in 1898, is a premier liberal arts institution located in metropolitan Birmingham within the corporate limits of the City of Fairfield. The noble founders of the institution saw educated leadership as the paramount need in the black community. Miles College is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) higher learning institution.