I recently attended a great webinar presented by SBA (Small Business Association) entitled “Empowering Women Entrepreneurship”. The presenter, Bruce Purdy, focused mainly on the counseling aspect. Bruce is the Deputy Assistant Administrator; therefore, the material he covered contained some awesome information! In addition, the facts on women-owned businesses is amazing. Read on for some helpful information for women entrepreneurs.
Great facts on women-owned businesses in America include:
- First of all, did you know that there are 9.8 million women-owned businesses in the US, which is an increase of over two million businesses from 2007? Isn’t that awesome?
- In addition, evidence shows that women-owned businesses collectively generate $1.4 trillion of revenue.
- Most have no employees other than the owner.
- Women are starting over 1,000 new businesses per day, which I find absolutely fascinating!
- There are over 100 nonprofit centers across the US that offer day, evening and weekend hours so this means lots of opportunities for you to receive the assistance you need.
I found these facts overwhelmingly positive!
A Sampling of Services Offered
If you are not familiar with the Small Business Administration, they provide services such as:
- Capital programs – Lenders including community-based lending programs (a matchmaking service that they launched a couple of years ago)
- Contracting services – They have various programs that give you access to federal contract opportunities
- Counseling services – They offer both free and low cost counseling and training
- Dream Builder – This is a partnership between SBA and Thunderbird School of Global Management. They offer an free online training curriculum geared that covers the basic steps for starting and growing a business. At the end of the course, business plans are generated from your input.
- Online resources to assist you with starting and growing your business – This includes all kinds of information on topics such as how to start a business; laws and regulations; taxes; running, leading, and growing your business; business guides by industry, cybersecurity; and much more!
Check it out
If you have not yet had the opportunity to check out the SBA’s website, I urge you to take advantage of all they offer. Go check out their mission and history, which is really interesting. Spend some time looking at all the resources they offer. Set aside a little time to review a subject you want more information on. They are a wealth of information and a wonderful resource. Are you a woman-owned business? I’d love to talk with you and get some feedback on a new course aimed specifically at women entrepreneurs that I’m releasing in June. Please send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my website www.balancednumbers.net to get in touch with me.