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Women Owned Businesses

Here you will find information on government programs that help women entrepreneurs start, grow and expand their businesses.

Grants and Loans

Federal and state government agencies do not provide grants to women to help them start a business. Grants may be available from non-profits and private organizations, however, these are very rare and usually focus on helping minority women and women in economically disadvantaged communities. However, there are a limited number of loans available to specifically to help women start and expand their businesses.

The following programs are specifically for women entrepreneurs. Use the Loans and Grants Search Tool to get a full list of programs for which you might qualify.

Business Assistance and Training

The U.S. Small Business Administration sponsors 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.

Several state governments have offices and resource centers that help women business owners grow and develop small businesses.

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