Assistance and Training
SBA Women's Business CentersGovernment Contracting
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) maintains a national network of Women's Business Centers providing in-person assistance and educational resources to help women start and grow successful small businesses. These centers are located nationwide near major cities and metropolitan areas.
Resources for Government ContractingMore Useful Resources
Small businesses sell billions of dollars worth of goods and services to the US federal government every year. Many government agencies require that some percentage of their contracts for goods and services be awarded to women- and minority-owned small businesses. In this feature, you will find useful resources, including how to become registered as a federal contractor, find business opportunities, and the regulations and employment laws that federal contractors need to follow.
Provides information and assistance to women-owned businesses seeking to do business with the federal government.
National Women's Business Council
A federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations on economic issues of importance to women business owners.
SBA Office of Women's Business Ownership
Information about programs and services that help women with starting and running successful businesses.
Money for a Small Business
While the U.S. government does not currently provide grants for starting or expanding a small business, the government does offer plenty of free help in planning how to start or improve your business and in securing low-interest SBA-backed small business loans. In addition, many states DO offer small business grants to individuals.
Do You Have a Business Plan?
That is usually the first question a potential lender will ask when you go seeking a loan to start a small business. Unless you can answer, "Yes, and here it is," you will not get the loan.