FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S BUSINESS COUNCIL: NEW WBC GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 30, 2020 – Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced a Women’s Business Center (WBC) grant opportunity in the Los Angeles area.This comes as part of an SBA priority to open more doors for women entrepreneurs and increase access to SBA resources in underserved communities.
Earlier this month, SBA also announced a WBC grant opportunity in the state of Maryland. NWBC Council Member Shelonda Stokes attended the roundtable to discuss the upcoming funding opportunity in Baltimore, MD.
“The National Women’s Business Council is encouraged that SBA has chosen Morgan State University, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) and my alma mater, as the venue to announce a funding opportunity for a new WBC,” said Shelonda Stokes. “Underserved communities and rural areas are lacking in adequate resources for women business owners and entrepreneurs to start and grow their enterprise. It is important that the SBA is working to find ways to connect women to the resources that programs like Women’s Business Centers offer.”
NWBC expressed the following WBC-related recommendations in its 2019 Annual Report:
WBC Grant Allocation
WBC Economic Impact Data
McLean’s swearing in ceremony was not the only election-related milestone achieved recently — Idaho also recently saw a swearing in of our first female Lt. Governor, Janice McGeachin.
“From saying ‘Madam Mayor,’ to recognizing our first female president of our university, and first female presidents of major corporations,” said Flynn. “there’s this phrase, that says, ‘You can’t be what you can’t see.’ And whether that is in the media, on the screen, or at the biggest seats of power in our city and our city, it’s huge to see yourself reflected back.”
With momentous occassions like these, it’s easy to see how far we’ve come — and how far we still have to go.
“And hopefully also this will be a domino effect of more women follow in those positions, and it won’t be an odd thing that we have to mark as ‘the first,’ because it just becomes the norm.”