SBA Launches Largest Expansion of Women’s Business Centers in 30 Years

SBA Launches Largest Expansion of Women’s Business Centers in 30 Years

SBA Launches Largest Expansion of Women’s Business Centers in 30 Years

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20 Women’s Business Centers to Open Across America Supporting Women-Owned Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced grant funding and the historic launch of 20 new Women’s Business Centers (WBC) across America to serve rural, urban and underserved communities alike.  The opening of the 20 new WBCs is the largest single expansion of WBCs across America in its 30-year tenure, and these centers will be pivotal to the success of women-owned businesses as they continue to recover during this time.  The WBCs will be hosted in rural and underserved markets and widen the footprint and partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

“Over the past several months, we have seen Women’s Business Centers provide aid to our nation’s innovative and determined entrepreneurs, allowing countless small business owners to pivot with confidence to stay afloat during the pandemic,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza.  “Expanding the WBC program is part of this Administration’s longstanding commitment to the success of female entrepreneurs and women-owned small businesses.  Adding these new Women’s Business Centers to the already existing network of centers across America will boost timely resources to our nation’s female economic drivers, providing them with local training and counseling.”

SBA’s WBCs are a national network of 136 centers that 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.

“Opening the doors to the new Women’s Business Centers is crucial to the vitality of women-owned small business owners.  This network expansion will provide female entrepreneurs with the resources they need to start, grow, and expand their businesses,” said Associate Administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development Allen Gutierrez.  “We look forward to the continued success of the WBC program as it contributes to the overall health of our economy and creates jobs in their local communities.”

In addition to opening these 20 new WBCs, SBA will launch Ascent, a free digital e-learning platform geared to help women entrepreneurs grow and expand their businesses.

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

Donations Help GROW Nebraska Do More For Businesses

Donations Help GROW Nebraska Do More For Businesses

Donations Help GROW Nebraska Do More For Businesses

Employees of a Kearney bank supported Nebraska entrepreneurs with their JEAN Day donation to GROW.

At GROW Nebraska, we work hard every day to help businesses thrive. But, did you know that GROW is actually a non-profit organization? We receive money to operate from membership dues, but donations help us do even more!

We are grateful for donations, such as the recent gift from employees at the First National Bank on Omaha, Kearney Branch. A total of 57 employees donated $291 during in the bank’s recent monthly JEAN (Jointly Everyone Can Assist Those Who Need Support) Philanthropy Day.

Employees voted to designate that day’s donation to GROW Nebraska.

“I am a new board member to GROW, and I know that donations are a huge part of GROW’s income,” said Kirsti Schack, the bank’s Branch Manager. “GROW is so much more than a retail store. Anything helps!”

Donations to GROW help entrepreneurs find the resources they need to live anywhere in Nebraska and make a sustainable living. The GROW Nebraska Foundation provides education and training to individuals and small business owners across Nebraska, with an emphasis on economically depressed areas, to create sustainable economic development and marketing opportunities.

Another opportunity to support GROW Nebraska is approaching. We are seeking sponsors for the Nebraska State Fair Pop-Up Store. This store could not happen each year without the help of generous sponsors. Thank you to the following sponsors who have already committed to supporting the store: Great Western Bank, Lips Printing Services, Dorothy Lynch and Gary’s Quick Steak.

If you or your business would like to donate to make GROW’s state fair store a success, or if you would like to donate to the GROW Nebraska Foundation, please call us at (308) 962-6767 or give online at https://grownebraska.org/givenow/

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