Women’s Business Center at First State Community Loan Fund

Our Mission

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.

The Women's Business Center Begins an Exciting New Chapter

Delaware is a great place to be an entrepreneur – and now, an even better place to be woman entrepreneur. It’s been nearly a month since John Carney signed House Bill 226 as a first step towards revamping the state’s economic development strategy to focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Soon, the Division of Small Business, Development, and Tourism (replacing the former DEDO) will join as another resource to promote entrepreneurism in the State.

With so much current energy and buzz behind entrepreneurism, where should a female entrepreneur begin? What’s the best place to connect to guidance and training needed to launch a business and where can an existing business find resources and support to grow and thrive in the First State?

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Training Programs Include:

  • Creating a Passport to Success (Business Plan)
  • Using Social Media
  • Government Contracting and Certification
  • Creating a Market Analysis and implementation plan
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Internal Controls
  • Industry Specific Business Best Practices
  • Se Habla Espanol
  • Starting and sustaining a Business
  • Networking
  • How to Finance Your Business
  • Mentoring
  • Starting a Child Care
  • Insurance Compliance
  • Bi-lingual Training

For more information about The WBC, fill out a “Request for Counseling Form”, or email us at wbc@firststateloan.org.