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Finance: Loans for Women Entrepreneurs

loans for womenWomen often ask me about special loans for women entrepreneurs.

There are no Small Business Association loan programs solely for women and no federal government set-asides for women in regular loan programs. Programs like 7A, 504 and micro-loans provide guarantees for commercial loans to qualified small businesses regardless race or gender. (The SBA does track the number that go to women and minorities.) Through partners like SCORE and others, they support minorities, including women, with technical assistance in preparing loan applications.

Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence is, according to their website, “the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources and business education for women entrepreneurs.” They have two programs. The first is “Make Mine a Million” for women with businesses over two years old and with revenues over $250,000. It offers a combination of “money, mentoring, marketing and technology tools.” The second is “Micro to Millions,” for businesses below those benchmarks, which offers awards of “financing up to $5,000, PR opportunities and business coaching” to support women.

Loan Advice For Women, By Women

SCORE counselors are nearby to help women, and some counselors are women as well. While not lenders or microloan providers, counselors support women every day by recommending financing alternatives and reading business plan drafts.

Women’s Business Development Centers (WBDCs), like SCORE chapters, are resource partners of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Some WBDCs will help women prepare a loan package. For example, the WBDC in Chicago does loan packaging from $1,000 to $1.2 million dollars.

To improve your odds of getting a loan, check out some of SCORE’s general guides on loans and financing:

5 Keys to a Successful Loan Application
60 Second Guide to Getting a Loan

The Best Ways To Finance Your Business

Does being a women offer special hurdles in getting financing? Please share your thoughts and experiences in a comment.

Peg Corwin, SCORE Chicago
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Discussion (8) Comment

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  2. Tia GrayVisitor

    the best way to become a millionaire is to become an entrepreneur~*`

  3. Brady GratlyVisitor

    I’m very happy that I found your website, it had basically everything as far as the information I have been looking for

  4. StephanieVisitor

    Are there loans available for a small business owner who would like to offer IT workshops for displaced woman? If so, where would I find this information?


  5. Score is a great resource for small business. I don’t have a local office near me; however, they have tons of info on their site. On the loan topic, it is really hard to get a loan for business these days. One thing that will help though is to do your homework and be prepared for the lenders questions. They have to believe in you and your business if they are going to give you any money. Brian

  6. peggy mitchussonVisitor

    How do I get an answer from my local SBA office? It has been 4 months and the only answer that I seem to be able to get is “the administration has not given us the guidelines for funding yet”. How can I get an answer. I have good credit and have been i business for 30 years.

  7. loans can be hard to come by these days, one must study all options and risks before entering into a loan in todays market.

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