This section contains links to selected websites that provide resources, information, or opportunities which may be beneficial to women business owners and companies/organizations committed to women owned business development. New links will be added as they come to our attention and are evaluated for their potential value to our members.
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Strategies for Business Continuity
· LiftOff Houston - Launching Businesses Today For A Better Houston Tomorrow!
An entrepreneurial initiative that aims to empower Houstonians with business literacy education and mentorship to start their own businesses while contributing to the local growth and sustainability of the Houston economy.
· Capital One Bank provides $30,000 in cash prizes
· Participate in the 2021 Liftoff Houston Start-Up Business Plan Competition
· Or participate in the 2021 Liftoff Houston Educational Pathway
· Orientation is required for everyone
Application Deadline: August 2
· Tap Into A $3.3 Million Venture Fund Without Losing Equity
Project Enginuity uplifts Black, Latinx and women entrepreneurs, assisting them on their journey to secure non-dilutive capital and fuel innovation.
· Receive training, coaching and grant writing expertise to assist with applying for highly competitive SBIR awards
· All companies and/or individuals that meet the SBIR eligibility guidelines are welcome to apply
· Informational Webinars: July 19, July 22, July 27, August 3 and August 5, 2021
· Applications Open: July 19, 2021
Application Deadline: August 8
· The Association of Women’s Business Center is Accepting Upskilling Grant Applications!
For businesses that intend to train and upskill low-wage workers age 50+, this grant program will reimburse employers up to $2,500 per employee for training.
· Port Houston's New Business Equity Initiative
Port Houston is introducing it's NEW Minority and Woman-owned business initiative (MWBE). If your company is a small, minority or women-owned business, this is an excellent way to participate in procurement opportunities with Port Houston.
· SBA Disaster Assistance Loans For Texas Severe Winter Storms
Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. The SBA can also lend additional funds to help business and residents with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.
Virtual Business Recovery Center and Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Eastern Time
Call: (800) 659-2955
Application Deadline | Economic Injury: November 19, 2021
For More Information Click Here
· Southern Opportunity And Resilience (SOAR) Fund
· HUB Talk: Holder Construction Tarleton
PowerPoint | Video recording
· Baker Hughes / Ariba - Support & Resources
Registration video | BakerHughes.com/Suppliers
· Upskilling Grant Applications
· New Statewide HUB System Open For Account Registration
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· Download COVID-19 Links
· Governor's Small Business Resource Portal
The Office of Small Business Assistance is excited to announce the official launch of the Governor's Small Business Resource Portal! Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or an established business owner, the Small Business Resource portal will provide you with relevant resources and contacts specific to your needs to help you find success. This important tool offers a customized list of useful business resources to help start or grow a business in Texas.
The portal is easy to access and use—simply answer five short questions to generate your tailored resource list. For your convenience, you may print or email the results directly from the portal.
Launch the Portal
· IRS: Prepare Before Disaster Strikes
May includes National Hurricane Preparedness Week and is also National Wildfire Awareness Month. Now is a good time to create or review emergency preparedness plans for surviving natural disasters.
Preparing for Disasters
Is your home and/or business ready if a disaster strikes? Get information and suggestions or paperless recordkeeping, documenting assets and valuables.
Plan Ahead for Disasters | Ready.gov
WBEA Workplace Safety Guide Women Owned Business Dirertory
Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) - A national nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of women entrepreneurs—strengthening their impact on our nation’s public policy, creating economic opportunities, and forging alliances with other business organizations.
City of Houston - Office of Business Opportunity
The WBEA Women's Business Center is proud to offer counseling through our two SBA resource centers!