- The WBCs will be hosted in rural and underserved markets
- The expansion will widen the footprint and partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
- The opening of the 20 new WBCs is the largest expansion of WBCs 30-year history
“Over the past several months, we have seen Women’s Business Centers provide aid to our nation’s innovative and determined entrepreneurs, allowing countless small business owners to pivot with confidence to stay afloat during the pandemic,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. “Adding these new Women’s Business Centers to the already existing network of centers across America will boost timely resources to our nation’s female economic drivers, providing them with local training and counseling.”
The SBA WBCs is a national network of 136 centers that offers 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.
The 20 new WBCs began opening on January 1, 2021, in the following states:
Regional Economic Assistance for Communicating Hope (REACH) Catalyst Women’s Business Center – Clanton, Alabama
Chicanos Pro La Causa, Inc. (CPLC’s) Women’s Business Center – Phoenix, Arizona
- El Pajaro Regional Women’s Business