SBA seeking organization to help establish new Women’s Business Center in Idaho

May 8, 2018

BOISE — The U.S. Small Business Administration announces a new grant opportunity for a Women’s Business Center and seeks a host organization to provide business counseling, training and additional resources to women entrepreneurs in the state of Idaho.

The Women’s Business Center grant funding opportunity will provide $150,000 for an eligible, nonprofit organization to help establish new Women’s Business Center in Idaho.

“The funding of a new Women’s Business Center in Idaho will expand women’s access to resources to help their businesses succeed,” SBA Assistant Administrator Kathy McShane said. “We know that when women get help in the early stages of forming their businesses, they are more likely to succeed. We are encouraging organizations to come forward to provide small business assistance for women entrepreneurs, who are an engine for economic growth.”

The SBA Women’s Business Centers are a national network of more than 100 centers that offer one-on-one counseling, training, networking, workshops and mentoring to women entrepreneurs on numerous business development topics. These include business startup, access to capital, international trade opportunities, marketing and federal contracting. During Fiscal Year 2017, Women’s Business Centers across the country provided assistance to nearly 150,000 entrepreneurs, which resulted in 17,000 new business starts.

By expanding the Women’s Business Center program into Idaho, the SBA is reinforcing its commitment to expand its assistance and resources to women entrepreneurs. The Women’s Business Center will provide in-depth business training and counseling for women looking to start or grow their business.

“We know there are some dynamic women entrepreneurs that are not fully aware of all of the resources available to them. A Women’s Business Center will not only provide them with the resources they need, but will also provide them with the support to meet their specific needs,” SBA Boise District Director Gary Eisenbraun said.

Eligible applicants must be private, nonprofit organizations with 501(c) tax-exempt status from the U.S.

Treasury/Internal Revenue Service and must provide services to the population within the state of Idaho. Such a nonprofit organization may include a university foundation, a chamber of commerce, or an economic development institution.

To submit an application for this grant opportunity, go to the www.grants.gov portal and type “OWBO” in the keyword search to pull up the grant announcement for Idaho.

Applications must be submitted via grants.gov by the grant deadline, June 18.

Direct any questions about the WBC funding opportunity to the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) via email at owbo@sba.gov.

Interested organizations can also attend Bidders Conference information sessions in Coeur d’Alene Thursday, May 17 at 1 p.m. at North Idaho College, Edminster Student Union, Second Floor, Coeur d’Alene Room, 495 College Drive, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814; and, in Boise Friday, May 18 at 1 p.m. at the SBA Boise District Office, 380 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Suite 330, Boise, ID 83706.