Access resources during Women’s Small Business Month
Today, an estimated 13 million businesses are led by women entrepreneurs in the United States, accounting for about 43% of all businesses. Unlocking their earning potential through entrepreneurship is a great pathway to achieving gender parity and building economic independence and generational wealth. This is why nonprofit organizations and corporations are launching programs aimed at helping women entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses through access to capital, resources and online courses. Explore timely resources for women entrepreneurs below.
The HerRise MicroGrant provides financial assistance, with the help of corporate sponsors and donors, to women of color creating innovative solutions that impact their community and that are often unable to secure funding for their small business.
Small Business Growth Fund
Deadline: October 27
In partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and with funding from Etsy and Progressive, the Small Business Growth Fund provides small business owners the capital they need to make their next move. While this program isn’t exclusive to women entrepreneurs, you can still qualify as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. Recipients will receive $5,000-$25,000 grants to help accelerate their growth and achieve their goals.
IFundWomen’s Universal Grant Application
When IFundWomen partners with a brand, they match the partner’s grant criteria to businesses that are in the Universal Grant database. If you’re a match for one of their sponsored grants, you will be notified.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women
The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women is a global initiative that fosters economic growth by providing women entrepreneurs around the world with business and management education, mentoring and networking, and access to capital.
Deadline: End of every month
Today, WomensNet awards two $10,000 Amber Grants each month to women entrepreneurs. Additionally, two of their 24 monthly winners get an additional $25,000 Year-End Amber Grants.
Verizon Small Business Digital Ready Program
Get free small business resources from Verizon. The Small Business Digital Ready program gives you access to free events hosted by industry experts, opportunities to network with peers, grant funding, and a whole lot more—all for free. While this program isn’t exclusive to women entrepreneurs, you can still qualify as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.
A partnership between Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF) and Small Business Majority’s Venturize platform is providing an expanded network of responsible small business lending partners and assistance providers to support entrepreneurs nationwide. Through CRF’s Connect2Capital tool, business owners can submit a simple form on Venturize to be matched with mission-driven small business lenders and other business support organizations.