SBA: Apply for SBA Workshops on Women’s Business Center Grants

Funding Available to Help Train Idaho’s Women Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will conduct workshops next week to train organizations in Idaho on best practices regarding the Women’s Business Center (WBC) grant application process.

The following are the dates and locations of the workshops:

Monday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. PST

North Idaho College – 100 W. Garden Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. PST

Clearwater Economic Development Association – 1626 Sixth Avenue N, Lewiston, Idaho

Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. MST

SBA Boise District Office – 380 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Ste. 330, Boise, Idaho

These workshops will explain how to apply for SBA Women’s Business Center grants and get the funding they need to reach more women business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Organizations interested in attending should contact SBA Spokane Branch Manager Joel Nania at (509) 353-2810, sends e-mail); or the SBA Boise District Director Gary Eisenbraun at

(208) 286-6551, sends e-mail). Advance registration is recommended.

The SBA’s WBC program is a national network of more than 100 locations that offer one-on-one counseling and training to women seeking to start businesses, grow their markets or expand through federal contracting opportunities or international trade. During fiscal year 2017, the WBCs assisted nearly 150,000 entrepreneurs nationwide, including helping entrepreneurs start 17,000 new businesses.

Eligible applicants for the grant must be private, nonprofit organizations with 501(c) tax-exempt status from the U.S. Treasury/Internal Revenue Service in Idaho. This may include universities, foundations, chambers of commerce, or economic development institutions.

As part of the grant application process, interested applicants must register and receive a certificate from The certification process for the SBA’s Women’s Business Centers can take up to 45 days. It is recommended that organizations begin the registration process immediately.

Questions about the WBC funding opportunity can be directed to the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) at sends e-mail).


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