You are a woman business owner and there are many things for you to focus on — especially how to find money for your business so it can grow and thrive. There are funding sources out there specifically target women entrepreneurs. Learn about these options to see where to go for loans, scholarships, and other sources of funding.
WomanOwned Grant Database and Membership
(http://www.womanowned.com/features/grants-and-funding.aspx) Members can access thousands of business grants and state programs for business growth and development. Search by state and keyword and view all the details required for successful application.
Small Business Administration (Office of Women’s Business Ownership)
(www.sba.gov/womeninbusiness) – The SBA is doing more than ever to help level the playing field for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the world of business. At every stage of developing and expanding a successful business, the Office of Women’s Business Ownership is here to counsel, teach, encourage and inspire. Check out their “Hot List” of outside resources.
Count-Me-In : Make Mine a Million
(http://www.makemineamillion.org) – This is organization offers annual events and grant awards to woman owned businesses who want to grow to over one million dollars in revenue. This site is great for inspiration, too – check out the Million Dollar Club page to read about the success stories of the organization.
www.grants.gov) – This United States Government resource provides information on other government agencies and what grants they have available. Search their database and see what may be available to you. Some of the agency grants listed on this site include The Food and Drug Administration, National Park Service, Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Administration, and the DOT Department of Transportation.
American Association of University Women
(www.aauw.org) – This foundation is one of the largest private sources of funding for graduate women in the world, supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.
Eileen Fisher Grants for Women Business Owners
(http://www.eileenfisher.com) – This grant program seeks applicants from wholly women-owned businesses that combine the principles of social consciousness, sustainability and innovation to take their established businesses to the next stage of their business plan.