"I have given the WBC a lot of credit. The two main things I got out of it were empowerment
and how to develop a comprehensive business plan. I am not making millions of dollars, but
I know that I will never go back to where I was."
S.B. Shirlee AMC
Women's Business Center has developed an entrepreneurial training program for women starting or expanding a business. Women enrolled with the WBC will participate in an intense form of an entrepreneurial training program, as well as special activities and programs.
- The Problem:
- The barriers to starting a business are substantial enough when some women are a minority and has a low income. The barriers can seem almost insurmountable when a women on public assistance dreams of starting her own business. Yet, for some of theses women, help with starting a small business can be their first step away from public assistance and toward economic self-sufficiency.
In its first year, more than 400 recipients participated in the Women's Business Center Programs. 1/3 of WBC participants have started their own business.
- An individual interview to determine a woman's readiness to start training;
- Life skill training;
- Participation in an in-depth workshop to explore the possibility of starting a business;
- Functional context literacy training and writing skill through exercises based on life skill training;
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