Are you a female entrepreneur or thinking about becoming one? You’re definitely not alone. Women are slaying it when it comes to launching businesses and growing them. Women-owned businesses now make up 39 percent of companies in the U.S., according to a recent report. More than 800 women-owned businesses join the economy every day. We’ve compiled a list of women-owned small business grants, business organizations for women and more.
Women’s Business Centers
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) oversees a large network of Women’s Business Centers across the nation. These centers are designed to help female entrepreneurs launch their small business dreams. WBCs offer training and counseling at various levels in a variety of languages and strive to reach women who are economically or socially disadvantaged.
Women’s Venture Fund
The Women’s Venture Fund (WVF) is a nonprofit with more than two decades of experience helping thousands of women establish businesses in urban areas. The WVF provides a mix of training, mentorship and small business loans to foster revenue growth.
BOSS stands for Bringing Out Successful Sisters. This ever-growing collective supports women in their careers and business development through a robust networking philosophy. BOSS offers events, seminars, community support and more to foster a sisterhood among female entrepreneurs and go-getters.
Ellevate is a membership organization positioned to boost women business owners and females in the workforce. Members benefit from networking events, seminars, webinars, and online content that champion women. The organization’s Jam Sessions On Demand provide easily accessible learning and growth opportunities. Ellevate also invests in companies that are leaders in gender diversity.
Eileen Fisher Women-Owned Business Grant
This small business grant for women is run by Eileen Fisher, a women’s clothing retailer. Awards a total of $100,000 to up to 10 women-owned businesses with a focus on environmental and social change. To be eligible, a business must have reached the three-year mark in operation.
Launched by WomensNet, the Amber Grant provides a $500 grant to a new female entrepreneur each month. Annually the organization awards an additional $2,500 to one of the 12 recipients of the monthly grant. The awards are in honor of an aspiring entrepreneur (Amber) who passed away before fulfilling her dreams of business ownership and operation.
Women2.0 is the place to go for wisdom, inspiration and solidarity on female business ownership, especially if your company is in the tech industry. This website aims to foster solutions and conversations that help close the gender gap. In addition to rotating content on a variety of topics, Women2.0 offers training, consulting and advising, and hosts several networking events.
Lioness, a digital publication, is the only mainstream mag geared solely toward female entrepreneurs. The mag keeps women in the know about trends and opportunities and provides inspiration in the form of interviews and profiles of successful, intrepid female business owners.
Whether you are looking to launch a home-based business or a large-scale commercial operation, we can help you protect what you are working hard to build. Talk to your Farm Bureau agent about business insurance and other resources.