Business Ownership and Financing
One of best work opportunities for women
is to own their own businesses. Luckily Iowa offers many
to entrepreneurs. The Iowa Department of Economic Development
has comprehensive information available to assist in business
start-up, including specific financing
for businesses owned by women and minorities.
The Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED) is the state's Women's Business Center provider for the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Program's mission is to level the playing field for women entrepreneurs still facing unique obstacles in the business world. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is another great resource for women.
Microenterprise is an emerging field of financing across the country. Iowa is looking at ways to start such programs that make smaller loans to entrepreneurs who may not other wise get financing. The Abilities Fund currently makes loans to entrepreneurs with disabilities, and has specific resources to assist women with disabilities finance their businesses.
Networking with other women's business
owners is very helpful in growing a business. The National
Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is one of many
networking groups. Check to see if your local Chamber of
Commerce has a women's affiliate, and consider participating
us know about other networking opportunities for women