20 New Women’s Business Centers in 2021

January 4, 2020 – Today’s twenty Women’s Business Center (WBC) grant awards by the Small Business Administration (SBA) are a long overdue expansion of the only federal program dedicated to supporting women entrepreneurs. As the advocate for this program, AWBC fought to secure the resources necessary for today’s announcement and to put WBCs in more communities than ever. We applaud Congressional investment in women business owners that enable the commendable awards made today.

This expansion, the largest in the program’s 32-year history, comes at time of great peril for America’s 12 million women-owned businesses. As we enter a period of economic recovery, the 136 WBCs nationwide, will continue to support women business owners with the vital services necessary to enable continuous growth, such as accessing capital, mentoring, and networking. AWBC is committed to offering best practices to the WBC network and advocate for women’s entrepreneurship as we enter 2021 and beyond. The 20 new Women’s Business Centers are as follows:


1. Regional Economic Assistance for Communicating Hope (REACH) Catalyst Women’s Business Center – Clanton, Alabama

2. Chicanos Pro La Causa, Inc. (CPLC’s) Women’s Business Center – Phoenix, Arizona

3. El Pajaro Regional Women’s Business Center – Monterey, California
4. Mission Community Women’s Business Center serving Kern County – Bakersfield, California

5. Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE) Savannah Women’s Business Center – Savannah, Georgia

6. Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) WBC South – Portland, Maine

 7. Women’s Business Center at Jackson State University (HBCU) – Jackson, Mississippi

 8. New Growth Women’s Business Center, West Central – Springfield, Missouri

 9. Missoula Women’s Business Center – Missoula, Montana

 10. GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center (GNWBC) – Omaha, Nebraska

New York
 11. Women’s Enterprise and Development, Mid-Hudson – Hudson, New York

North Carolina
 12. Winston Salem State University (WSSU) Women’s Business Center (HBCU) – Winston Salem, North Carolina

 13. Women’s Business Center of Central Appalachia – Portsmouth, Ohio

 14. Women’s eBusiness Center of Excellence – Erie, Pennsylvania

 15. The Women’s Business Center South – Memphis, Tennessee

South Carolina
 16. South Carolina Women’s Business Center – Charleston, South Carolina

South Dakota
 17. South Dakota Women’s Business Center (East) – Sioux Falls, South Dakota

 18. Women’s Business Center of Montgomery County, East Harris County, and West      Chambers County – Houston, Texas

 19. Women’s Business Center of Richmond – Richmond, Virginia

 20. Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation Southwest – La Crosse, Wisconsin

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