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SBA Assistance Helps Increase Services to Women Entrepreneurs in Western North Carolina

A grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration Women’s Business Center (WBC) Program has made it possible for The Western Women’s Business Center (WWBC) in western North Carolina to expand its services. They are now able to help not only women entrepreneurs but also low-income communities, people of color, veterans and artists.

What it will mean to women entrepreneurs

The WWBC offers training, coaching, workshops and technical assistance to women-owned businesses. The additional funding from WBC has allowed the center to invest over $700,000 in small business loans to women-owned businesses. This means more resources and support for women who want to expand their businesses and increase their entrepreneurial skills.

WWBC Director Sharon Oxendine stated, “We have helped over 600 entrepreneurs through workshops, technical assistance, coaching and counseling. Our goal with this affiliation is that we can continue to prepare women entrepreneurs to start their business."

Since 1988, the SBA WBC Program, which was established by the Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988, has awarded grants to private non-profit organizations to stimulate the development and growth of small women-owned businesses. The grants make it possible to provide more long-term training and counseling for more women-owned businesses.

The Western Women’s Business Center (WWBC) is located in Asheville, North Carolina.