Helpful Resources for Women Business Owners




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The Small Business Administration.

It’s launching a federal contract program aimed at helping women business owners gain government contracts. The first contracts will be awarded in the fourth quarter of this year. 

The deadline for applications is in September and eligibility requirements vary from industry to industry. 

Visit www.sba.gov/content/contracting-opportunities-women-owned-small-businesses for program details. 

The SBA is also renewing an existing loan program that’s expected to generate about 40 loans to women entrepreneurs, primarily in the fields of finance, marketing and management. 

SCORE, a nonprofit association that provides mentoring services to small businesses, is expanding its program for women business owners. Among other things, it will focus on pairing established small business owners with ones just starting out. For more information on SCORE’s mentoring programs, go to www.score.org/mentors. 

The National Association of Women Business Owners. The group is teaming up with the University of California, Los Angeles, to provide a nuts and bolts management course to women business owners, offering advice on growing a firm, loans and networking. Look for the program to expand nationwide this year. Learn more about NAWBO at nawbo.org. 

Women Presidents’ Organization. This alliance for women business owners offers business development resources and support for its members. For more information on joining WPO, go to www.womenpresidentsorg.com.