The mission of the Women’s Business Center at First State Community Loan Fund (WBC) is to act as the catalyst for providing in-depth, substantive, outcome-oriented business services to women entrepreneurs. The WBC provides intensive business training that includes courses on business plans, business financing, social media, and marketing analysis. In addition, the WBC will provide the opportunity for new women-owned businesses to be mentored by existing, successful women business owners.
The WBC not only offers business assistance services, but helps connect women business owners to capital to help start or grow their business. The partnership between the WBC and First State Community Loan Fund allows women and entrepreneurs to not only access much needed capital, but receive valuable business assistance pre and post loan. As an official SBA Resource Partner, the WBC also partners with SCORE and the Small Business Development Center, in addition to other State agencies to help ensure the success of women and entrepreneurs.
Another key factor for Women in business is creating a “Work Life Balance”. The concern is addressed through mentoring and networking opportunities offered several times a year.