In partnership with the the United States Small Business Administration, Alcorn State University has launched a new initiative to serve women entrepreneurs and help them start and grow successful businesses.
The Women’s Business Center, which opened in January, provides training in finance, management, marketing, and the Internet, as well as offering access to all of the SBA’s financial and procurement assistance programs.
The classes and services provided will focus on providing a grass roots, from-the-ground-up model to ensure long term successful business development. Counseling, training, workshops, and classes will strategically target challenges for the rural and underserved entrepreneur. The training and counseling will focus on assisting those with no experience in business to those who wish to grow their business.
Additional services offered by the WBC at Alcorn State University will include access to office equipment and computer software. All of these training, classes, and services will be provided in a safe and encouraging environment which fosters learning, growth, and achievement.
Today there are 135 Women’s Business Centers in 49 states and Puerto Rico. Studies show that businesses that receive assistance from WBCs have significantly better survival rates than those that don’t receive similar support. These successful businesses directly affect the communities in which they are located by bolstering the local economies.
The Women’s Business Center is geared toward serving women, but their training and resources are available to men as well.