Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) represent a national network of over 100 educational centers throughout the United States and its territories, which are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. WBCs seek to “level the playing field” for women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the business world.
Sacramento, CA – December 18th, 2018– Women, minorities, and veterans from low-income and rural communities—usually underserved—will receive technical assistance to develop businesses and create jobs. A boost of resources from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development in the form of grants are being deployed to fourteen Women’s Business Centers in California for free or low-cost one-to-one business consultations and trainings.
“We have been awarded the grants (SB-TAEP Small Business Technical Assistance Expansion Program and SB-TAP Small Business Technical Assistance Program) for our centers and this will bring additional support to reach even more clients,” said Daniel Fitzgerald, Associate Regional Director, San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network and Fiscal Agent for the centers. He added, “Some – centers will use the funds to provide programs in languages other than English to help startups and small businesses. These funds will definitely expand their impact.”
SB-TAEP was created as part of the Governor’s Fiscal Year 2018/2019 state budget to expand the capacity of federal small business technical assistance programs and services. GO-Biz worked closely with the Legislature to establish the grant program and is charged with implementing and administering the program.
Marsha Bailey, CEO and Founder of Women’s Economic Ventures, located in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, says, “Women’s business ownership is about more than jobs and benefits, economic growth and profits. Women’s business ownership is about freedom and options, security—and human potential. It is about empowering women to dream big dreams, to act on a bigger stage, to become leaders. Women need to own businesses—large and small—not only for economic reasons, but because business ownership teaches us how to be leaders. These grants, will enable us to expand the depth and breadth of our services to women throughout the state.”
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) named the VEDC’s Women’s Business Center as its 2018 recipient of the Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award for the SBA’s region IX that includes Arizona, California, Nevada, Guam, and Hawaii. Ruth Garcia-Corrales, the center’s Director said, “These funds will open the opportunity to bring a Spanish program to our center, helping the Hispanic community in our neighborhood develop their business plans, financials, and network to open new businesses and create jobs.”
Federal small business technical assistance centers such as the Women’s Business Centers are designated by federal funding partners to operate federal small business technical assistance programs. In California, there are fourteen WBCs in: Fort Bragg, Los Angeles (2), Mount Shasta, San Diego, Oakland, Palm Desert, Riverside, San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara/Ventura, and the San Fernando Valley. The centers provide one-on-one, confidential consulting, and training to help small businesses and entrepreneurs start, expand, facilitate investment, and create jobs in California.