Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of over 10 million women-owned businesses in the United States representing the fastest growing segment of the economy.
601 Pennsylvania Ave NW
South Building, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20004
What to expect: They offer free trainings, have free resources and a membership program.
They also provide ShopHer, a pop-up incubator for 15 female entrepreneurs who own businesses in fields such as the arts, clothing and jewelry inspired by products from the USA, Uzbekistan, Africa, Mexico, and other global areas.Read More: Washington DC Women’s Business Center
The goal of this organization is to provide support to minority entrepreneurs in the form of business education and mentoring in areas including marketing, sales, and financial management.Read More: 1863 Venture Fund
The goal of this organization is to increase the flow of private capital into traditionally underserved communities. Their Community Investment Fund is designed to reduce the racial wealth gap by providing funding for entrepreneurship and low-income housing.
They offer the following loans for low-income entrepreneurs:
They provide microloans of $50,000 or less.
They also provide small business loans of $50,000 to $275,000
They also provide loans for green impact businesses of an unspecified amount.
They offer the following loans:
A credit building loan which is between $500 and $2,500 and has a 0% interest rate and 36 monthly payments. They also offer personalized financial education along with the loan.
They also offer SEED Loans of less than 5K for companies that have been in operation for less than a year or with plans to launch within 3 months of getting funded. This loan is offered at 0% interest for up to 36 months.
In addition, they also offer a startup loan of up to 20K with an interest rate of 6.5% and for 60 months for companies that have been in business for less than 2 years.
They also offer a loan of up to 250K for growing companies of up to 120 months and an interest rate of 6.5% ore more for companies that have been in business for at least 2 years and are looking to expand.
This co-working space is designed to provide support and opportunities for women and minority-owned businesses and was acquired by WACIF in 2021.Read More: The Hive
Their focus is working with minority and women minority entrepreneurs from low-income and moderate-income communities.
They provide microloans of $5,000 to $50,000. The interest rates are up to 10%, and the maximum loan term is 72 months. the permitted uses for the funds include: equipment, inventory, and working capital.
They also offer a contract line of credit for $5,000 to $15,000. The term is up to 12 months, and the interest rate is up to 18%. Also it is used for accounts receivable.
They also provide equipment financing for $5,000 to $50,000. The term is up to 60 months, and the interest rate is up to 18%.
They also offer a working capital term loan for $50,000 to $150,000. The term is 72 months, and the interest rate is 10%.
And they offer a contract term loan for $50,000 to $150,000. The term is 72 months, and the interest rate is up to 18%.
The requirements for all loans include:
Being in business for 3 years
Providing a security interest in all the business assets, and also the personal guarantee of the key owners.
There is also a 3% commitment and servicing fee needed with each deal.
They also offer the following additional programs:
the Ascend Accelerator. This program is designed to support non-technology growing small businesses.
Their Entrepreneurs of Color Fund is designed to provide funding, networking and business advisory services to businesses launched by female minority entrepreneurs.
Through their program Enterprising women of color, they offer these loan products. And they also offer advisory and consulting services that are targeted to female entrepreneurs of color to help them run their businesses. They also partner with the Minority Business Development Agency in order to maximize their services and products for women business owners of color.
They also are offering a grant of up to $10,000 to black retailers in Wards 7 and 8 of Washington DC in cooperation with Walmart. https://ewoc.wacif.org/event/advancing-black-retail-grant-information-session/
In addition, they also offer workshops on digital media and related topics.
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As the first national community development financial institution (CDFI) created for the disabled community, DOF provides an array of specific financial services through targeted lending and investments.Read More: The Disability Opportunity Fund
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The VITA/TCE programs offer free basic tax preparation to qualified individuals. VITA/TCE programs may assist with preparing a Schedule C, Profit or Loss From Business (Sole Proprietorship), under certain limited conditions and with expenses of $35,000 or less.Read More: IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)
The IRS provides information about being self-employed, preparing taxes, filing and paying taxes, and the stages of owning a business.Read More: Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Small Business and Self-Employment Tax Center
The OVBD facilitates the use of all U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) programs by veterans, service-disabled veterans, reservists, active-duty service members, transitioning service members, and their dependents or survivors. OVBD oversees Veteran Business Outreach Centers (VBOC), which are designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and resource partner referrals. The SBA has 22 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).Read More: Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD)
The U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is the only federal agency solely dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises. Minority-owned firms seeking to penetrate new markets — domestic & global — and growing in size and scale, can access business experts at a MBDA Business Center.Read More: Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
The Office of Native American Affairs is part of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Their mission is to ensure that American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians seeking to create, develop and expand small businesses have full access to the necessary business development and expansion tools available through the Agency’s entrepreneurial development, lending, and procurement programs. ONAA contracts with two companies to offer entrepreneurial empowerment workshops and free technical assistance.Read More: Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA)
The OWBO is part of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and helps women entrepreneurs through programs coordinated by SBA district offices. Programs include business training, counseling, federal contracts, and access to credit and capital. The OWBO oversees Women’s Business Centers (WBCs). These centers seek to level the playing field for all women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the business world.Read More: Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO)
SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. Since 1964, SCORE has provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs. SCORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).Read More: SCORE
SBDCs are America’s nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers. A partner program of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SBDCs are hosted by universities, colleges, state economic development agencies and private sector organizations. Their mission is to help start and grow small businesses.Read More: Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)