Women entrepreneurs in Inland Empire: 7 Key Resources

By: Sharjeel Sohaib

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Aug 23, 2021

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66 percent of women entrepreneurs in the United States found funding difficult to obtain“, per Visa’s second annual State of Female Entrepreneurship¹ report.

This is in addition to the fact that “COVID-19 hurt more women-owned businesses“, according to a study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Such a challenging situation demands that female founders have access to the right resources they can lean on. Here are the seven organizations that support women entrepreneurs in the Inland Empire

1. Federal Contracting Program for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB)

The federal government will award at least five percent of all federal contracting dollars to women-owned small businesses (WOSB) each year. The federal government spent more than $665 billion on contracts in 2020. It means even if the government spending on federal contracts remains the same, WOSBs will be getting $33 billion this year.  

Of course, there are hoops to jump through to become eligible for participating in the Federal Contracting Program for WOSB. Still, you can use this website to quickly figurdetermineSBA’sned Small Business (WOSB) Program is right for you.

You can also use Third-Party Certifiers (TPCs) like WBENC to obtain WOSB or EDWOSB certification.  

2. Inland Empire Women Business Center

The Inland Empire Women Business Center or IEWBC offers key resources and runs initiatives like Ignite, It’s YourIt’se, Taking the Leap, Summer Startup, and Tu Si Puedes. From business counseling to workshops and special events organized to motivate and educate women, entrepreneurs are the key to the success of women founders in the Inland Empire.

3. SCORE- Inland Empire

SCORE is a well-recognized organization with country-wide operations. Though not exclusive to women entrepreneurs, it supports local experts, interactive workshops, and a vast online library of templates, tools, and resources. The good thing is its workshops are categorized by business stage (in-business, startup, disaster recovery, or exiting), topic, and type of entrepreneur (such as women entrepreneurs, veteran entrepreneurs, and rural/young entrepreneurs.

4. Lender Match

Lender Match is a key resource offered by the Small Business Administration (SBA). It has four simple workflows to get help. For instance, you may describe your loan needs, get matched to relevant lenders who express interest in your loan, talk to lenders, and apply for a loan.

It even provides an abbreviated checklist for you to go through before applying for a loan.

5. National Latina Business Women Association- IE

If you are of Latin-American origin, you can take help from the National Latina Business Women Association in the Inland Empire chapter.

6. EntreprenEntrepreneur’stion- Inland Empire 

The EntreprenEntrepreneurs’tion (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 12,000+ influential business owners with 175 chapters in 55 countries. It helps its member via a close-knit member forum, global events, chapter events, mentorship, and executive education.

Bonus resource

SoGal Ventures

If you have already achieved the product-market fit and would like to obtain capital to scale up, just as Plant Prefab raised $30M for its Series B, SoGal Ventures might be the right door to knock at.

It is the first women-led, next-generation venture capital firm. The firm has invested in a diverse range of startups and has not restricted itself to a certain geography. In 2020 it closed a $15M debut fund to help female founders launch new startups.

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