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Small Business Grants for Women in West Virginia

How to find a small business grant for women in West Virginia?

If you’ve been Googling to find small business grants for women in West Virginia — you’ll find plenty of sites.  But most look far too daunting (Small Business Administration) while others look like rip off sites.

We’re a real site, offering real grants to help women like you. WomensNet can help you discover grants, loans, and other money sources for your small business. You’ll still need to spend time applying for funding.  But if you’re serious about growing your business, you’ll uncover tons of resources from our site.

One simple way to start?  Apply for our Amber Grant for Women. It’ll only take a few minutes, and you could win our $1,000 Amber Grant for this month.  We award this grant every month – so today would be a great time to tell us about your business.

After you’ve applied for our grant, you’ll also want to explore the resources below. There are small business resources in West Virginia waiting to help you.


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What is an Amber Grant?

WomensNet launched the Amber Grant in 1998 to honor the memory of an ambitious young woman who died at the age of 19, before she could realize her entrepreneurial aspirations. Today, these grants help women like you fulfill the dreams that Amber could not.

How Does It Work?

Every month, the WomensNet judges award one or more Qualifying Grants of $1,000 each. Then, at the end of the year, one of those Qualifying Grant recipients is selected to receive the $10,000 Amber Grant.

How Do I Apply?

By telling us your story. There are no lengthy, complicated documents to complete; just answer a few questions about your business. But hurry—applications are due by the end of the month for the next $1,000 Qualifying Grant.

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Six steps you should take when looking for a business grant:

1. Analyze your organization's needs. Make sure you have a solid understanding of the:
  • Problem or need you want to address
  • Audience that will benefit from your product or service
  • Kind and amount of support you need
  • Resources and commitment your group brings to the project
  • Potential and prospective partners in the community
2. Research various types of foundations. Learn the operational differences between:
  • Corporate foundations
  • Civic foundations
  • Private foundations
3. Look for funding matches. Identify funders who:
  • Are able and likely to fund projects in your geographic area
  • Share a similar core mission or goals
  • Have already supported similar ventures or projects
4. Compile a list of prospects. Group them in two ways:
  • By Geographic Location (city, state, region)
  • By field of interest or program subject
5. Review and refine your list. Eliminate prospects that DON’T FUND:
  • In your state
  • Your type of organization
  • Your subject
  • The type of support you need
  • Your size project
6. Select the most appropriate funding prospects. Research them in detail:
  • Contact them directly to request annual reports and other publications
  • Search print and online media to identify projects that received grants in the past
  • Ask former grant recipients for advice and why they felt they were successful over other applicants

Not Sure Where to Start?

You’re in luck. We’ve done hours of research and compiled a list of the 20 best small business grants available for women today—and we’d love to share it with you!

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“20 Terrific Grants for Women Business Owners.”

And be sure to check out these excellent resources available to help businesswomen like you in West Virginia:

Resources for businesswomen in West Virginia:

Charleston SCORE
1116 Smith Street, Charleston, WV 25301
Ph: (304) 347-5463

West Virginia University Women’s Business Center

Small Business Development Center
West Virginia Department of Commerce
Capitol Complex, Bldg. 6, Room 525, Charleston, WV 25305-0311
Phone: 800-982-3386 or (304) 558-2234

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