Applications for center to support women entrepreneurs due Feb. 12
From Irene Gonzalez 
Lead Economic Development  Specialist
U.S. Small Business Administration  •  Boise District Office  

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announces the availability of a new grant opportunity for aspiring Women’s Business Center (WBC) host organizations to provide outcome-oriented business services for women entrepreneurs.
Idaho is one of six locations across the country where funding for establishment of a WBC is available.

The grant funding opportunity is the WBC Initial Phase Grant (#OWBO-2017-01-1) that will provide $75,000 for up to six eligible nonprofit organizations to help establish new WBCs in the geographic areas of six SBA district offices that do not currently have a WBC in their respective service area. 
These areas include:
    •    Alaska District Office (AK) – State of Alaska
    •    San Diego District Office (CA) – Counties of San Diego, Imperial
    •    Boise District Office (ID) – State of Idaho
    •    South Carolina District Office (SC) – State of South Carolina
    •    Dallas/Fort Worth District Office (TX) – (specific counties are applicable)
    •    Lubbock District Office (TX) – (specific counties are applicable)
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide grant dollars for up to six nonprofit organizations to start new, community-based WBCs within one of these six geographic areas.
“Our office has been listening to local leaders, business owners and partners and we’ve heard loud and clear the need for a Women’s Business Center in Idaho,” SBA Boise District Director Gary Eisenbraun said. “We welcome this funding opportunity to better serve women entrepreneuers in our state and local communities.”

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 specified areas.

The SBA WBC program is a catalyst for the growth of in-depth, substantive, outcome-oriented business services for women entrepreneurs, and the SBA funding to open new centers where they are needed most will help to serve even more entrepreneurs.  During fiscal year 2017, the WBCs provided business assistance to nearly 150,000 individuals.
Applicants can find out more at
To submit an application for the grant opportunity:
    •    Go to the portal.
    •    Click on “Applicants” tab.
    •    Then click on “Apply for Grants”. 
    •    Follow the “Search” tab and type in “OWBO” in the keyword block to pull up the grant announcement:  OWBO-2017-01-1.
    •    Select OWBO-2017-01-1.
    •    Click on the “Package” tab, and then click on “Apply” to fill out the application forms.
Applications submitted via other channels, including the SBA website, will be rejected and will not be evaluated.
Applications must be submitted via no later than 9:59p.m. MST Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. 
Direct any questions about the WBC funding opportunity to the SBA Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) via email at

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. For more information visit 

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