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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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    Tanya Sharma

    Interesting article, good information is provided regarding women business grants. Was very useful, thanks for sharing with us.

      Jessica

      I would like to know if there are any loan option for a woman who would has a strong business plan but bad credit

        Shannon Vissers

        Hi Jessica, for your situation I recommend checking out lenders in our article on the best small business loans for bad credit.

          Susan Parker Rosen

          Thank you so much for this article. I’m an entrepreneur that as started a business model for a series of books for people with Invisible Disorders/Diseases.
          Our writers have been diagnosed and for the most part have not had experience in writing in the past. We help them heal by writing about their lives with these disabilities. Our co-authors recruit writers and verify that they qualify. Both the co-authors and the writers share in royalties.
          Think of our books as the “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” for people with disabilities.
          Most of our writers return to write for each book that they are find interesting and that they quality by a diagnosis of the said disease.
          I’m looking for financing to help fund additional books, ability to pay going rates to writers, bookkeepers, editors and increase the advertising budget,
          Our books are bringing our writers and readers a chance to improve their self-esteem and also provide spreading awareness about Invisible diseases.
          I’m funding this business with my own funds, on a shoestring. What can I do, to obtain a foundation or grant to help us get our publishing business to the next level?
          Warm regards,
          Susan Parker Rosen

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            Shannon Vissers

            Hi Susan! It depends partly on your company’s structure, as nonprofits will be eligible for a lot more grants than will for-profit businesses. That said, I’d encourage you to look into some microloan websites like Kiva or Accion (depending on how much money you need). There are also some charity-based crowdfunding sites that might help you (search “crowdefunding” in our search bar to find some posts we have about crowdfunding options). Also, in addition to the grants on this list, you should look into local grants in your area, as a lot of grants are only for residents of specific cities or states. Your local SBA or chamber of commerce might be a good place to start. Best of luck to you!

              Dorothy

              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.

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                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!

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                  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.

                  Sincerely,

                  Gloria Hayley Kummer, CEO
                  Gloria Hayley Interior Design

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                    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! https://becomingselfmade.com/2016/05/10/business-resources-for-women-with-disabilities/

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                      Jeanie Hanks

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

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                        Jessica Dinsmore

                        Hi Jeanie,

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

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                          Ravi

                          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.
                          R

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                            Brooke

                            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!

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                              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
                              Agnes

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                                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!

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                                  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!

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                                    KIANA TATE

                                    INQUIRING ON INFO ABOUT STARTING A BUSINESS.QUALIFICATIONS AND DISQUALIFICATIONS.AND HOW LONG IS THE PROCESS?ALSO INFO ON LOANS FOR CLOTHING,CAR AND A HOUSE.THANK YOU…

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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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                                        Felicia

                                        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

                                            Shannon
                                            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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