Local Resources Explained – Women’s Business Centers, Export Centers, Veteran Business Outreach Centers, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers

By kmurray You know from our blog post SBA, SCORE, and SBDCs Explained – 3 Essential Local Resources for Small Business Owners that there are a number of resources available to help your business succeed. There are also a few resources available to specific small-business audiences such as women, veterans and those interested in guidance about exporting or government contracting. 1. Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) provide counseling, training and networking opportunities for women across the United States and its territories. With a network of nearly 100 educational centers, women around the country can receive tailored assistance to help them start and grow their small businesses. WBCs seek to “level the playing field” for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the business world. Offerings vary by location, but you can expect to come into a WBC and get help with questions about developing a business plan; financing and funding sources; certifying your business; bookkeeping; and more. SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) oversees the WBC network, which provides entrepreneurs (especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged) comprehensive training and counseling on a variety of topics – and in several languages. 2. Export Assistance […]

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