Women-Owned Business Resources

Women's Business Centers

In 1988 the SBA established the Women’s Business Center (WBC) program to better help women overcome continuing barriers to success. Today there are Women’s Business Centers in almost every state, with two located in Minnesota.

These centers, along with SBA district offices and other SBA resource partners at thousands of locations nationwide, help women entrepreneurs start and grow successful businesses.

Each Women’s Business Center tailors its services to the needs of its individual community. Each provides training in finance, management, marketing, and the more, as well as offering access to all of the SBA’s financial and procurement assistance programs.

Women’s Business Centers can help you with:

Training and Counseling
WBCs serve a wide diversity of areas, demographic populations, and economic environments. Classes and training opportunities are often free or low cost, with scholarships available.

Financial Resources
WBCs can help you target the right loan for your business needs and give you advice on what you need to do to get it.

Federal Contracts
There are many initiatives to help women secure better access to federal contracts. WBCs can help you identify which are right for your business.

Minnesota WBC Locations

WomenVenture logo

2021 E Hennepin Ave #200Minneapolis MN 55413
612-224-9540

www.womenventure.org

 

Women's Business Alliance logo

202 W. Superior Street, #311
Duluth, MN 55802
218-623-5747

www.entrepreneurfund.org/womens-business-alliance/


Women's Business Certification

Becoming a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE)  is another tool to add to  your marketing kit that helps promote your company to major corporations that are actively seeking to conduct business with a woman/women owned business(es).

This nationally recognized certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entities.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Invitation to networking events with supplier diversity representatives
  • Contact information for Supplier Diversity representatives
  • Opportunities to attend corporate panels,  procurement events, and education opportunities

To qualify, your business must be 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.  And as a WBDC client, we are here to help you navigate the application process and provide education and opportunities to make your certification work for you.

Learn more at https://www.wbdc.org/mn/

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