SBA increases opportunities for women entrepreneurs with opening of new Women’s Business Centers

Written on Apr 09, 2018

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the addition of nine new Women’s Business Centers with a mission of helping women entrepreneurs start and grow small businesses. The opening of these new centers will provide assistance and resources to entrepreneurs in new and expanded markets around the nation.

The SBA Women’s Business Centers are a national network of more than 100 centers that offer one-on-one counseling, training, networking, workshops, technical assistance and mentoring to women entrepreneurs on numerous business development topics, including business startup, financial management, marketing and procurement.

In fiscal year 2017, the Women’s Business Center program counseled and trained nearly 150,000 entrepreneurs nationwide. According to the SBA’s Office of Advocacy, there are 9.9 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. They employ more than eight million workers, provide more than $264 billion in wages and salaries to employees, and contribute $1.4 trillion in sales to the national economy.

In Ohio, the SBA is partnering with the Cincinnati-based Economic and Community Development Institute, Inc. to administer the new Women’s Business Centers.

To learn more about SBA’s programs and services for women entrepreneurs, visit To find your local Women’s Business Center and other SBA resources, visit

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