SBA Announces Funding For Women Business Centers

SBAOpportunity to Support Women Entrepreneurs!

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced funding for up to six (6) non-profit organizations that will provide services to the population of Alaska, Florida, Guam, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia to start new, community-based Women Business Centers (WBC). Link:  The application is due August 3rd. 

Women Business Centers (WBCs) represent a national network of nearly 100 educational centers throughout the United States and its territories, which are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. This is a terrific opportunity to deepen your support for women-owned businesses and a great partnership with SBA.

Friedman Associates has extensive experience in both the administration of WBC Programs, as well as writing competitive applications.  

Contact us for an initial consultation and we can share our experience and strategies for success.

Free Webinar: CDFI Fund Certification Process

Free Webinar: De-Mystifying the CDFI Fund Certification Process

Join us on: 
Thursday, June 16, 2016 
2:00 pm EST/1:00 pm CST/11:00 am PST
Register here
Over 1,200 nonprofit lenders are certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury CDFI Fund. Certification is the “doorway” to eligibility for potentially millions in capital and operating support. And it represents a sign of commitment to be a mission-led financial institution.
This webinar, led by acclaimed CDFI expert ,and former CDFI Fund staff, Alice Veenstra, will take you inside the certification process and answer key questions including:
  • What does it mean to become a CDFI?  What are the benefits?
  • What are the 7 tests of certification and how do I know if my organization can be certified?
  • What is the process to prepare the application?
  • If we are not yet ready for certification, how do we prepare for it?
Bonus: by the end of the webinar, you will know if you meet the 7 tests, saving you thousands of dollars, and paving the way to preparing your Certification application. Get certified before the next round of CDFI Funding!

SBA Funding Announced!

SBAThe SBA has just announced funding for the Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program. A total of $300,000 in funding is available for this program in FY 2016. SBA expects to make up to six (6) awards; minimum award of $50,000, maximum award of $150,000.

Eligible applicants demonstrate a history of providing quality entrepreneurship and/or business management training to aspiring or existing veterans, service-disabled veteran small business owners and Reserve Component members that results in new business starts, business expansions or diversifications, as well as jobs created and/or retained.

Here is the funding announcement. We’re available to strategize about your application and help veterans capture economic opportunities! Send me a note at