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SBA Seattle District Office Teams Up with Women in Business Expo Group to Empower Women-Owned Businesses

Two-year Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) signed at Women in Business Networking Group
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Thursday, October 24, 2019
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Thursday, October 24, 2019
Lisa White | 206-553-7050 |

SEATTLE – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Seattle District Office and the Women in Business Expo Group (WIBEG) formalized a two-year strategic alliance and celebrated with a signing ceremony at a women-owned business networking party in Seattle on Oct. 23.

The Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) will allow both agencies cross promote and collaborate on business training and services which will better connect women-owned businesses to no-cost and low-cost business technical assistance.

“Women entrepreneurs are not alone – the SBA and its network of partners are here to lift women small business owners to their vision of success,” SBA Seattle District Director Kerrie Hurd said. “Collaboration with local women-focused groups like the Women in Business Expo Group connects women with much-needed resources in their own circles and neighborhoods.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs, women-owned firms continue to be on the rise. Yet women entrepreneurs still face unique obstacles in the business world. Through its programs and relationships like this new one with WIBEG, the SBA aims to level the playing field for all women entrepreneurs and increase their access to resources.

Hurd and WIBEG Founder Carmelle Bias signed the SAM at the 2100 Building in South Seattle surrounded by women-owned businesses.

"This means a greater opportunity for Women In Business Expo Group to continue serving the small business community,” said Bias. “With the Support of SBA this will open doors for many generations to come."



About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. 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 The SBA Seattle District Office serves Washington and northern Idaho with office locations in Seattle and Spokane.

About Women in Business Expo Group

The Women In Business Expo Group was created to help, assist, and support small business owners market and build their businesses. They collaborate, plan and execute marketing and advertising strategies to spread the word about local women-owned businesses. They support and empower members to overcome barriers and grow while providing a positive environment to come together and share business thoughts and ideals.  



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