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Access to Capital and Opportunity

FOCUS AREA 1: Dollars That Go the Distance — Equitable Access to Diverse Sources of Business Financing
  • Recommendation 1: Expand capital pathways for more Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) women business owners and increase support for community-based incubators, accelerators, and resource partners.
  • Recommendation 2: Protect women entrepreneurs from predatory lenders and raise awareness about unfair financing terms
FOCUS AREA 2: When One Door Opens — Increasing Federal Contracting Opportunities and Awards for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs)
  • Recommendation 1: Adequately resource and empower SBA’s WOSB Certification Program and the Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBUs) offices across the federal government to meet and exceed WOSB program goals.
  • Recommendation 2: Identify and highlight winning agencies, successful OSDBUs, and best practices.
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Women in STEM

FOCUS AREA 1: The Future is Female — Women Entrepreneurs and High Growth Industries
  • Recommendation 1: Ensure equitable advancement through women’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) entrepreneurial education, investment, and outreach.
  • Recommendation 2: Foster equitable opportunity for women entrepreneurs to lead 21st century industries by leveraging ongoing community development investments.
FOCUS AREA 2: (Best) Practice(s) Makes Perfect — Apprenticeships, Grants, and the STEM Pipeline
  • Recommendation 1: Bolster workforce (re)entry and development efforts to get and keep more women in the STEM entrepreneurial pipeline.
  • Recommendation 2: Improve the incubator and accelerator system to help women advance more successfully through the STEM entrepreneurial pipeline
FOCUS AREA 3: A Bright Idea – Promoting and Protecting Women’s STEM Innovation
  • Recommendation 1: Maintain a viable pathway to commercialization for women innovators.
  • Recommendation 2: Connect women innovators with the resources and information needed to claim ownership of and develop upon their innovations.
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Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

FOCUS AREA 1: Bridging Service Gaps in Underserved Communities — Improving Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) Options, Addressing a Lack of Reliable Care Economy Services, and Connecting to High-Speed, Affordable Broadband
  • Recommendation 1: Champion state PFML efforts and a bipartisan national solution.
  • Recommendation 2: Ensure accessible, reliable, and affordable child- and long-term-care services for women entrepreneurs in rural and underserved communities.
  • Recommendation 3: Bridge the women-owned small business digital divide by improving broadband access, speed, and affordability for more underserved women entrepreneurs.
FOCUS AREA 2: Positioning More WOSBs to Compete — Improving Women Entrepreneurs’ Financial Acumen, Access to Back Office Support, and Access to a Skilled Workforce
  • Recommendation 1: Connect women entrepreneurs to accessible wrap-around services, back-office resources, and affordable professional support.
  • Recommendation 2: Provide dedicated support for women-owned small businesses and ecosystem builders offering onsite assistance to diverse women entrepreneurs.
FOCUS AREA 3: Strengthening Federal Coordination Efforts at the Ground Level — Connecting Tailored Federal Resources to Local Governance Entities and Trusted Community Partners
  • Recommendation 1: Reestablish and authorize the Interagency Committee on Women’s Business Enterprise.
  • Recommendation 2: Enhance coordination of local, state, and federal entrepreneurial development and funding resources.