Finding a Few Women’s Business Grants For Your New Business

So you’ve finally decided to start your own business. It’s a daunting task; but it looks like you’re up for the challenge. You’ve developed you’re business plan, you’ve even thought of a name for your new business venture. Now the next step is to find some way to finance the best business idea since the invention of the wheel. As a female entrepreneur, you know that there are quite a number of women business grants available, but the trick is to find out which ones will do you the most good.

One of the first places that most potential women business owners look for grant funding is the internet. A quick use of any of the major search engines will spill over about 10,000 websites that offer to search and find grants specifically for women available, for a nominal fee of course. However, as a potential business owner, the idea of spending scarce resources unnecessarily doesn’t sit well.

So the question becomes, is there a way to find out what grants are available, without spending your hard earned money? Of course there is, but you will have to spend a bit of time and effort tracking down the information. The following few paragraphs will detail some of the commonly overlooked resources for finding the financial assistance you need.

The Public Library

Surprised? Your local public library is a great source of information concerning women business grants and other financing opportunities. In fact, many libraries have complete sections dedicated to small business grants, for both women and minorities. Simply stop by the reference desk at your local library and ask to see their business resources section.

The Local Chamber of Commerce

Another great resource for finding funding for your new business venture is the local chamber of commerce. In most cases, your local town or city wants to encourage the development of local industries, including women entrepreneurs. Because of this desire, many cities offer specific women business grants designed specifically for start up costs, costs of property maintenance, and even the cost of everyday business expenses. While there might be a nominal application fee, the information is free. All you’ve got to do is ask.

Specific Business Organizations

Perhaps your potential business is one that has been well established in the national community. If that is the case, there is a good chance that funding is available from various professional or business organizations specific to your line of work. Check with the financial officer of the professional organization. They should be able to direct you to a few women business grants that could get the ball rolling.

These are just a few of the various resources that are available to any man or woman wanted to make the leap and start their own business. By doing a little legwork, and taking a little more time in the research process, you’ll be able to find the women business grants you need to start your dream business.

Marketing Confidence – Go From Shame to Fame With 5 Winning Traits of Successful Women in Business

Over the years I’ve met a lot of success-driven multi-passionate women in business online who are frustrated. They desperately want to master their marketing. They want to take action and do the things they know they need to do to grow their business but they are stuck. And the prime saboteur much of the time is SHAME.

o about the look of their website (or not having one);

o because of their growing to-do list;

o because of incomplete projects (launchitis);

o because they’re scared and procrastinate;

o because they don’t know what to do first or next;

o because they can’t figure it out on their own;

o because they feel like a fraud;

o and so on… shame, shame, shame!

Shame in any of its forms sabotages confidence and forward momentum.

How do you successfully market yourself online if you secretly don’t want people to see your website?

How do you solidify your expertise when info products are incomplete or you have “launchitis” and are scared to go public with it?

How do you share YOUR passion in an authentic way when you’ve been “modeling success” after celebrity gurus sacrificing the life and business YOU really want to have?

How do you get new clients when you feel like a fraud?

And so on…

So the REAL shame is how these limiting beliefs and barriers create a less than desirable reality and results. And until the shame goes away it will continue to be a barrier to success.

The good news is the transition from shame to fame can happen fast!

Here are five common traits successful women in business online share in common. They are essential to winning the shame game and are easily adoptable. If shame is holding you back it’s time to try these on for size!

1. Clarity: What is YOUR definition of success? What do YOU want your life and business to be like? What is the difference you make for your clients? What are your specific goals – short term and long term? If you could wave a magic wand what would you change about your business? Do you have a clearly defined description of your ideal client? Do you know how to find them? What is your revenue goal? How do you plan to achieve this? And so on… I could ask you questions all day to help you gain clarity. When is the last time you thought about these questions? When is the last time you actually wrote this down? Do it now. Get clear in an as many areas as you can.

2. Believability: Belief is the bridge between our dreams and our dreams come true. Do you believe you can be successful? Do you believe in the difference you can make for others? What does your inner voice tell you? Is it keeping you stuck? Recognize that your “inner critic” that voice within you is trying to keep you playing small and safe. Statistics show that more than 80% of our self talk is negative. Begin to realize what is truth and what is self-preservation. Just this one step alone will increase your believability which will allow you to stretch your comfort zone which is where our goals and dreams live.

3. Originality: How do you stand out? How do you do things faster, better, easier than others? Do you allow your personality to shine through your business or are you “buttoned-down” and “reserved”? What is your fresh approach to solving the biggest problems your ideal clients are facing? Are you taking a cookie-cutter approach when you create or are you being innovative and unique? One of the biggest personal revelations I’ve had in my business was the day I woke up and realized that the companies, products and programs I had created didn’t come from originality they came from comparing myself to others. Originality fuels passion. Comparing and copying sabotages authenticity and confidence. Be Original. Be You.

4. Conviction: What do you do that no-one else does? What is your claim to fame? What is your expertise? What is the promise that only you can deliver? Successful women in business online define it and claim it. They declare it and share it with passion and certainty.

5. Tenacity: Successful women in business online are tenacious and driven. They have a level of persistence that borders stubborn. They do whatever it takes and they don’t give up easily. They go the extra mile. They constantly explore how they can do things bigger and better and faster than others. The next time you feel overwhelmed or want to put something off, remember this quality of tenacity and do it anyway!

ACTION STEPS:

Take out a pen and some paper. Note: Self-honesty is essential.

1. Spend time on each trait questioning and brainstorming how you can incorporate them into your business.

2. What specific actions do you need to take to infuse them into your business?

3. Is there a specific area that you need to work on most? What is it? Who can help you with that?

Breastfeeding in Public – Suggestions

The thought of breastfeeding in public is often daunting for women experiencing breastfeeding for the first time. They are often self conscious while learning and the thought of having to do it in public may cause some anxious feelings. This is very common.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be done straight away or at all if that is what they choose. While at some point most women will manage this easily, it is a very personal decision. While your baby is young and feeding frequently finding time to go out without your baby may be challenging and for some, near on impossible. Reassurance that breastfeeding in public is something that can be done later usually helps alleviate the anxiety associated with this. Breastfeeding is a learned skill – it takes time to become comfortable and proficient with it. Once women are comfortable feeding at home, they may consider feeding when out. Commonly this happens out of necessity rather than choice, in that they find they have to go to the shops, doctor or other business to attend and it just happens. Usually they are pleasantly surprised and quite proud of their achievement that once seemed an overwhelming hurdle.

To help make breastfeeding in public easier being conscious and purposeful in what you wear can make a huge difference. Wearing tops with easy accessibility for breastfeeding is helpful. Either buttoning down the front, having a panel for access under the bra line or having easy access from the bottom or neck of the shirt are all helpful. Some women also use a wrap or blanket or specially made breastfeeding cover. This is draped over the mothers should and over baby so that the mother can breastfeed in public and remain completely discreet.

Once more confident in breastfeeding in public, women then often progress to feeding in more public places such as benches in shopping centres or footpaths, coffee shops or the car, even while walking. Aiming to time the feed so the baby is not starving hungry, squirming and crying can help keep you calm and the baby so the experience is nicer and successful for both of you.

Breastfeeding is a completely natural activity and should be widely accepted. Women should not be forced, encouraged, or directed to breastfeed in a toilet and this completely unacceptable. That is the equivalent of the rest of us eating our meals in the toilet which we would refuse to do. Nor should they feel shamed about breastfeeding in public.

Public education about the acceptance of breastfeeding in public needs continued support. Thankfully there are many groups and organisations who continue this work daily.

Woman Business Enterprises

What is Women Business Enterprise (WBE) certification and what advantages does it give your small business?

As a woman-owned business, you may have been directed to certification by your clients. If you are a woman-owned business that is in the transportation industry, for instance, then you may have a client is looking for a woman-owned company to perform a certain percentage of their work. Since they already know, like and trust you, they may encourage you to get the certification so they can “check the box” so to speak. In other cases, a woman-owned business will seek out certifications with the hope that it will yield opportunities. Depending on where you go to gain the certification will determine what types of opportunities you can expect to get.

There are usually WBE certifications available at the State, County or City level. These certifications are particularly useful if your company is looking for contracts with those agencies. WBE certifications can also be obtained on a National level by various certifying agencies. The main national certifying agencies are the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the National Women’s Business Owners Council (NWBOC) and the United States Women’s Chamber of Commerce (USWCC).

Certification from the aforementioned agencies will oftentimes, allow you to streamline the process with other agencies. The SBA’s Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) program, for instance, allows WBE certification from one of these companies to be considered 3rd party verification. This 3rd party verification greatly reduces the amount of documentation that is required to certify a business entity as a WOSB.

Another great benefit of certification from these agencies is their extensive corporate memberships. These agencies have relationships with major corporations that are looking to procure goods and services from women-owned businesses. A lot of the Fortune 500 companies will participate in some form of diversity procurement efforts because it’s a Win-Win proposition for the company. It is good for the small business community when contracts are awarded to small local business. The benefits to the company are several; the corporation will often get tax incentives if thresholds are met with their procurement needs, the company gets the positive public perception by buying from small business, and the shareholders benefit from the positive public image by increasing stock prices

So not only can certification assist you in obtaining Federal, State County and city contracts, but also in the commercial sector.Gaining your WBE certification is not nearly as arduous and in depth as some of the others. So, if you think it could provide you with a competitive advantage, then educate yourself on the process or Certification Consultants LLC to see if we can assist you.