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SBA Holds a Virtual Workshop July 16 on Applying for Women’s Business Center Grants

Funding Available to Help Train Mississippi’s Women Entrepreneurs
Release Date: 
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Release Number: 
Contact:, (202) 401-3059

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will hold a virtual roundtable session on Thursday, July 16, to train organizations in Mississippi on best practices regarding the Women’s Business Center (WBC) grant application process.

The date and link to RSVP for the roundtable are as follows:

Thursday, July 16, 10 a.m. – noon CST
To register, RSVP to the following link:

The roundtable will explain how to apply for SBA Women’s Business Center grants and get the funding needed to reach more women business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Organizations interested in learning more should contact SBA Mississippi Deputy District Director Ashlei Donerson  601-965-5339; SBA Mississippi District Director Janita R. Stewart  601-965-5371; or Economic Development Specialist and Public Information Officer Bridget Johnson-Fells  202-805-9861.

The SBA’s WBC program is a national network of more than 100 locations that offer one-on-one counseling and training to women seeking to start businesses, grow their markets, or expand through federal contracting opportunities or international trade.

Eligible applicants for the WBC grant must be private, nonprofit organizations with 501(c) tax-exempt status from the U.S. Treasury/Internal Revenue Service in Mississippi. This may include universities, foundations, chambers of commerce, or economic development institutions. The SBA recognizes the importance of Minority Serving Institutions (e.g. Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions from the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Institutions) and encourages their participation in the roundtable.

In addition, religious organizations are encouraged to apply.  Generally, such organizations are not required to alter their religious character to participate in a government program, nor to cease engaging in explicitly religious activities outside the program, nor effectively to relinquish their federal statutory protections for religious hiring decisions. Likewise, other organizations meeting the WBC program eligibility criteria and serving socially and economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs are also encouraged to apply.

“We are very excited about the prospect of obtaining a Women’s Business Center in Mississippi”, says Janita R. Stewart, SBA District Director in Mississippi. “Women entrepreneurs are a powerful force in this state representing a variety of business industries and they continue to significantly contribute to the state’s economy.” Stewart adds “establishing a Women’s Business Center here will provide an additional resource to help women entrepreneurs grow and encourage aspiring women entrepreneurs to get started.”

As part of the grant application process, interested applicants must register and receive a certificate from  The certification process for the SBA’s Women’s Business Centers can take up to 45 days. It is recommended that organizations begin the registration process immediately.

Questions about the WBC funding opportunity can be directed to the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) at

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