National Women’s Business Council Announces New Online Resource Platform for Growth- Aspiring Women Entrepreneurs

New Platform Will Improve Access to Resources Required for
High-Growth Women-Owned Businesses

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#GrowHerBiz–The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) today unveiled Grow
Her Business: A Resource from Start-up to Scale-up
, an online,
searchable repository of nearly 200 premiere, growth-oriented programs
for entrepreneurs. This new directory will connect entrepreneurs to the
resources they need to obtain capital, build industry knowledge and
develop the skills needed to meet high-growth objectives.

“By providing these resources we are not only supporting women’s
entrepreneurship, but overall economic growth and job creation,” said
Carla Harris, Chair of the National Women’s Business Council. “Whether
you are looking for resources on financing options or educational
opportunities, this online repository has a resource for entrepreneurs
to support them at every stage of their growth.”

As of 2012, 36 percent of all non-farm, privately-held businesses in the
U.S. are owned by women. Yet, women-owned businesses are largely
under-represented among high-growth firms. Census research indicates
that fewer than two percent of women-owned firms generate revenues of $1
million or more.

To help bridge the gap in the number of high-growth women-owned firms,
NWBC’s new, free online inventory of organizations and their programs,
resources, tools and initiatives will serve women entrepreneurs with
high-growth aspirations at each stage of their business. The inventory
provides four categories of resources that are most common in business
development programs: technical assistance programs, financing options,
educational opportunities and information on expanding your network.
Examples of the resources include venture capital opportunities,
membership associations, mentorship opportunities, conferences,
competitions and accelerator and incubator programs. The resource
contains at least one opportunity per state; overall, half of the
resources can be accessed online while the remaining half of resources
are in-person opportunities.

“We believe women with innovative and scalable ideas should be able to
grow their businesses, increase their receipts and create more jobs;
it’s good for the business, and good for the economy overall,” said
Harris. “But in order to do that, we also need to make sure they have
access to the resources, markets and capital to ultimately sustain that
endeavor. That’s the impetus for today’s release of the resource
platform.”

A tutorial of this new resource will be given during the Council’s
Public Meeting, which will take place via web conference, on June 30,
2016 at 2pm EDT. To join the web conference please visit http://ems7.intellor.com/login/705028
and/or call 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633 using 0646742#. For further
details on the meeting, please visit here.
The Council has also released a Grow Her Business Infographic at the
United State of Women Summit that you can find at www.nwbc.gov.

About the National Women’s Business Council

The National Women’s Business Council is a non-partisan federal advisory
council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel
to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Congress and the White House
on issues of impact and importance to women business owners, leaders and
entrepreneurs.

Contacts

National Women’s Business Council (NWBC)
Julie Walsh, 202-518-6489
julie.walsh@finnpartners.com