Omaha Chosen as Location for New Women’s Business Center

By 
Derek Noehren
The Daily Record

A valuable business resource for women entrepreneurs will soon open in Omaha.

In January, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced grant funding for the launch of 20 new Women’s Business Centers across America to serve rural, urban and underserved communities.

The Grow Nebraska Women’s Business Center was among those that were funded and will focus its efforts within the Greater Omaha metro.

SBA’s Women’s Business Centers are a national network of 136 centers offering one-on-one counseling, training, networking, workshops, technical assistance and mentoring to women entrepreneurs on numerous business development topics, including business startup, financial management, marketing and procurement. Nebraska’s Rural Enterprise Assistance Project Women’s Business Center serves Nebraska outside of Omaha.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to provide the training, technical support and mentoring for women looking to go into business,” SBA District Director Leon Milobar said in a statement. “With the Center opening, we hope to encourage and support more women looking to start and grow their businesses.”

The center has been a partnership effort between the GROW Nebraska Foundation, the Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center and the Nebraska Enterprise Fund.

 “The GROW Nebraska Foundation is so excited for the opening of our SBA Women’s Business Center, which will help us better provide assistance and resources to entrepreneurs and help grow small businesses in the Omaha area,” GROW Nebraska founder and CEO Janell Anderson Ehrke said in a statement. “Thanks to our resource partners, we will be able to launch our women’s business center right into action. Now more than ever, we need to help businesses realign themselves so that they can thrive in our new normal.”

Candice Price, an Omaha entrepreneur and executive director of the new center, sees great potential ahead for female business owners.

“As a woman business owner, I am thrilled for the expansion of the Women’s Business Center into Omaha, Nebraska, and for the great plans we have in store, including programming and training as well as additional resources for those in business,” she said. “But most of all, I am excited for the chance to provide additional sources for access to capital which has been one of the major disparities when it comes to women owned businesses.”

The Grow Nebraska Women’s Business Center is planning an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday at 5190 Sprague Plaza, Suite 216, in Omaha. The ribbon will be cut at 3 p.m.; the open house lasts until 6 p.m.

For more information, contact the center at 402-300-8170.

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