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New WBC Grant Opportunities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Temren Wroge
202-738-3523
Temren.Wroge@sba.gov

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

  • SBA should consult with the AWBC when announcing a new WBC funding opportunity and conduct a national market scan to determine sustainable grant opportunities.
  • SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership should allocate any supplementary grant money to high performing WBCs for the specific purpose of providing accessible, offsite trainings in underserved rural communities.
  • The Council recommends that SBA avoid the overcrowding of agency resources in certain urban areas and give first priority for WBC grants to rural communities identified in the market scan. According to the most recent data available, Mississippi and West Virginia are among the top 10 most rural states and do not have WBC grants. These states should have first consideration.

WBC Economic Impact Data

  • Congressionally mandated economic impact data should also include —the average duration of assistance to clients, regions in which the new concerns are located, and whether the women served plan to continue to operate and invest in that specific community.
  • The measure of a WBC’s reach (the number of women served) should be scaled relative to the capabilities, circumstances, and population in that region.
  • SBA should be required to share available WBC data with AWBC and the public.
ByNWBC Council

INVESTING IN WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES

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Contact:
Temren Wroge
202-738-3523
Temren.Wroge@sba.gov

THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S BUSINESS COUNCILISSUES POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS ON INVESTMENT IN WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 16, 2020 – In its new Annual Report, the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) has issued policy recommendations on angel investment tax credits with the aim of incentivizing new investments in women-owned firms.

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THE PASSAGE OF ‘BUILDING BLOCKS OF STEM ACT’

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Contact:
Temren Wroge
202-738-3523
Temren.Wroge@sba.gov

THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S BUSINESS COUNCIL APPLAUDS THE PASSAGE OF ‘BUILDING BLOCKS OF STEM ACT’

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 06, 2020 – S. 737, the Building Blocks of STEM Act, was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on December 24, 2019. Sponsored by Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), the bill instructs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to more equitably allocate funding for research with a focus on early childhood education. It also directs NSF to support research on factors that discourage or encourage girls to engage in STEM activities, including computer science.

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COUNCIL ISSUES 2019 ANNUAL REPORT

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Contact:
Temren Wroge
202-738-3523
Temren.Wroge@sba.gov

NATIONAL WOMEN’S BUSINESS COUNCIL ISSUES 2019 ANNUAL REPORT

NWBC Focuses Its Efforts on: Access to Capital, Barriers for Women in STEM-Related Fields, and Challenges for Women’s Entrepreneurship in Rural Areas

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 20, 2019 – The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) has submitted its 2019 Annual Report to the President, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the House Committee on Small Business, and the Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

This report recaps NWBC’s 31st year and provides the findings, conclusions, and policy recommendations of the Council. NWBC Chair Liz Sara, now in her second year at the helm, has concentrated its mission to strengthen women in business on three major areas: improving access to capital for female founders, encouraging more women to start and grow companies in STEM-related fields, and removing obstacles for women business owners in rural areas.

The NWBC also launched a Women in Small Business Roundtable series across the country, which convened over 300 women business owners and stakeholders from New York, NY to Nampa, ID; from St. Petersburg, FL to Los Angeles, CA. The goal was to gain a deeper insight into the challenges and overall landscape in which women founders and small business owners currently operate.

“As the report findings and policy recommendations demonstrate, while we have made significant legislative and economic strides in advancing a new generation of women entrepreneurs, much work still lies ahead,” said Sara. “That is why the work of the Council continues to be vital. In 2020, we will continue our efforts with a laser focus on our three overarching issues areas of primary importance.”

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NWBC SUPPORTS SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

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Contact:
Temren Wroge
202-738-3523
Temren.Wroge@sba.gov

THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S BUSINESS COUNCIL

ANNOUNCES CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Day Designated to Benefit Small Businesses Brings a Boon to Companies of Every Type and Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 25, 2019 — The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), a non-partisan federal advisory committee that serves as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration on issues that affect women business owners and entrepreneurs, is calling upon the public to participate in this year’s Small Business Saturday (November 30) and support small businesses of all kinds.

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WOMEN IN SMALL BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE – NAMPA, ID

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Contact:
Temren Wroge
202-738-3523
Temren.Wroge@sba.gov

THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S BUSINESS COUNCIL: WOMEN IN SMALL BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE – Nampa, ID

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 4, 2019 — As part of its ‘Women in Small Business Roundtable Series,’ NWBC is hosting a roundtable in Nampa, ID on October 9, 2019, with U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), NWBC Chair Liz Sara, Council Members Jessica Flynn (Boise-based, Founder & CEO of Red Sky), Barb Kniff McCulla (Owner of KLK Construction), Bonnie Nawara (Past Chair of AWBC & CEO of Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women), and local women business owners. The discussion will explore the unique challenges rural women entrepreneurs face and identify untapped opportunities for growth.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Location: Idaho Small Business Development Center – Nampa Business Accelerator
5465 E. Terra Linda Way
Nampa, ID 83687
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM MDT

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About National Women’s Business Council
The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is a non-partisan federal advisory committee created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. To learn more, please visit: www.NWBC.gov

ByNWBC Council

NWBC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

National Women’s Business Council member Rebecca Contreras acknowledges the 1.9 Million Hispanic women-owned businesses across the country who greatly impact the economy.

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TOMORROW: NWBC Public Meeting

PUBLIC MEETING IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

NWBC’s Public Meeting will be held on September 24, 2019

This meeting gives the Council the opportunity to recap its activity and engagement over the course of this fiscal year. Each of the Council’s three subcommittees – Rural Women’s Entrepreneurship, Women in S.T.E.M., and Access to Capital & Opportunity – will present their policy recommendations and initiatives to the Council. The Council will then vote on these policy recommendations and ultimately present them to the President, Congress, and the Administrator of the Small Business Administration in its 2019 Annual Report.

The meeting is open to the public; however, advance notice of attendance is requested. To attend this event,

RSVP HERE

If you are planning to attend in person, please allow enough time for security. Before entering the Capitol Visitor Center, all visitors are screened by a magnetometer, and all items permitted inside the building are screened by an x-ray device. Please visit the Capitol Visitor Center’s website for a list of prohibited items. To avoid tourists and other visitors, mention to the police officers that you are at the Capitol for official business. Once you pass through security, look for NWBC signage to guide you to the correct meeting room. NWBC’s Public Meeting will be held in room SVC 203 – 202. 

A conference line will also be available for those unable to attend the meeting in person. Please call 1-208-391-5817 at the aforementioned event time. When prompted, enter conference ID number: 298732675.

To submit a written comment, the general public should email Ashley Judah with the subject line – “Response for 9/24/19 Public Meeting.”

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NWBC ROUNDTABLE IN LOS ANGELES, CA

WASHINTON, D.C., September 6, 2019 – As part of it’s ‘Women in Small Business Roundtable’ series, the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) will convene local women business owners and entrepreneurs, educators, investors, and community leaders, on September 17, 2019, in Los Angeles, California, to listen to their perspectives on the barriers that affect a woman entrepreneur’s access to capital.

Women-led firms struggle to obtain mainstream forms of funding and compete for federal contracts. At NWBC, we will continue to prioritize this challenge and strive to make inroads for women-owned businesses in acquiring capital for their businesses.

The roundtable will explore the challenges and opportunities for women’s entrepreneurship by delving into the topic of access to capital, with a specific focus on issues related to credit access, federal procurement, and venture capital. The conversation will serve as the springboard for the Council’s policy recommendations to Congress, the President, and the Administrator of the Small Business Administration as they relate to issues surrounding women entrepreneurs and business owners.

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NWBC Public Meeting Announced

THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S BUSINESS COUNCIL PUBLIC MEETING ANNOUNCED

WASHINTON, D.C., August 30, 2019 – The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) will host a public meeting on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 203-202, in Washington, DC.

This meeting will provide the Council with the opportunity to recap its activity and engagement over the course of this fiscal year. Each of the Council’s three subcommittees – Rural Women’s Entrepreneurship, Women in S.T.E.M., and Access to Capital & Opportunity – will present their policy recommendations and initiatives to the Council. The Council will then vote on these policy recommendations and ultimately present them to the President, Congress, and the Administrator of the Small Business Administration in its 2019 Annual Report.

“As advocates for the nation’s women-owned businesses, NWBC strives to move the needle on the top issues identified by female founders and will continue to connect their voices to lawmakers in Washington,” said NWBC Chair Liz Sara.

The meeting is open to the public; however, advance notice of attendance is requested. To attend this event, RSVP HERE. To submit a written comment, the general public should email Ashley Judah with the subject line – “Response for 9/24/19 Public Meeting.”

The agenda will allow for 20 minutes of public statements. This time will be awarded in 4-minute increments to the first 5 people who confirm attendance and request to speak. All other submitted statements will be included in the meeting record.

A conference line will also be available for those unable to attend the meeting in person. Please call 1-208-391-5817 at the aforementioned event time. When prompted, enter conference ID number: 298732675.

For more information about upcoming events, please visit the NWBC website.