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The Best Business Grants For Women

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Shannon Vissers

Shannon Vissers

Shannon is a writer and editor based in San Diego, CA. Shannon attended San Diego State University, graduating in 2005 with a BA in English. She is the former editor-in-chief of SteelOrbis, an online trade publication. Shannon has also published articles for LIVESTRONG.COM, eHow, Life'd, and other websites. She has been with Merchant Maverick since 2015, writing about POS software, small business loans, and financing for women entrepreneurs.
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    I looking for a small grant for my business in Cincinnati Ohio are there any out there ? That will help with inventory and supplies for my started business< Please let me know I have a Body Enhancement business.

      Jessica Dinsmore

      Hi Dorothy,

      We don’t know of any specific to Cincinatti, but you would be wise to look into any (or even all) of the grants that we’ve recommended within this post. They should be able to reach you! Best of luck with your start-up!

        Gloria Kummer

        Hi Shannon,

        I’m so glad to have come across this article. Do you know of any grants for women owned businesses who also have a disability, or grants for people with disabilities who own a business? Last year my company lost over 100k due to commercial landlords not accommodating my disability and forcing me to move twice within a year. I face lots of challenges as a woman business owner with a disability. The US census does not even record business owners with disabilities, and around 2007 the senate took away some kind of SBA funding stating something to the effect that business owners with disabilities don’t face any more challenges than those without. I’m wanting to get involved with making changes. Any resources to the above or who I might be able to work with to bring awareness to this minority group of business owners with disabilities, and women business owners with disabilities? Thank you again for all your research. It is much appreciated.


        Gloria Hayley Kummer, CEO
        Gloria Hayley Interior Design

          Shannon Vissers

          Hi Gloria! I’m sorry this happened to you. I have not heard of any government grants specifically for women business owners with disabilities; the closest thing I’ve come across is grants for disabled veterans. Unfortunately, there are not any government business grants specifically for women business owners, either. However, you might be able to find funding through some private or local foundations that cater to women entrepreneurs with disabilities. Here’s an article I found with some resources that might help you. Best of luck!

            Jeanie Hanks

            Thank you for this… I do have a question – I am wanting to start up a franchise. Does this information still apply?

              Jessica Dinsmore

              Hi Jeanie,

              I’d actually suggest you take a look at these more relevant posts on starting a franchise and franchise loans.


                Hey Shannon,

                What an awesome resource! Thanks so much for putting it all together. You’re right, this did save me time, and my sanity LOL.

                Great job.


                  This post is extremely helpful as sometimes you just don’t know where to start besides that you have a dream and you want to accomplish it. That is currently where I am at so this article has helped me get a good idea on how I could have the opportunity of receiving assistance to help start and keep my dream alive. A basic google search for for-profit businesses will bring up so many different sites and like you had said, most of them are a dead end! Thank you for taking the time to share these grants!

                    Agnes Ndagire

                    Hello shannon,

                    Thanks for the great job you are doing on this . Am located in Uganda and am seeking for a start up for my small business.

                    Please kindly advise on which organisations that can offer grants for small businesses for women in Africa.

                    I will be very grateful for you advise.

                    Kind Regards

                      Shannon Vissers

                      Hi Agnes, most of the grants in this post are only open to US residents, but the Cartier Women’s International grant I discuss above is available to women in any country. Kiva is another organization you may want to look at. Those are loans (not grants) but they are 0% interest. Good luck to you!

                        Sarah P

                        Great post! Hopefully, this is just the kind of kick many women entrepreneurs need to get started on building and running their own business. Thanks for sharing!

                          KIANA TATE


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                            Jessica Dinsmore

                            Hi Kiana,

                            Sounds like you have a lot of different questions, so for starters, I think it may be best for you to download our free Beginner’s Guide To Small Business Loans. It should help answer your initial questions, and lot’s more! Best of luck to you!

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                              Shannon: I really enjoyed your content. It was very informative.

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                                Diana Mitsura

                                I would like to apply for a grant. I am a lisenced Optician. Just opened a new store.

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                                  Darla Hall

                                  Thank you for this amazing Blog. Like you said so much info online with very few resources. I am an Esthetician and really want to open my own spa where other Estheticians wanting to be independent can rent space and make their own rules for themselves while providing a unique and beautiful space without the hefty price tag that comes with starting from scratch. Wish me luck. Thank you again for the great information and I plan on following the link to the Bedt loans for women.

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