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Small Business Grants for Women in Iowa

Looking for small business grants for women in Iowa is anything but easy.

A Google search will bring up a long list of sites. But most either look like scams or complicated government (Small Business Administration) sites.

We’re different. WomensNet.net can help you find REAL grants, loans, and other funding for your business venture. Yes, you’re still going to have to put in some hard work and time. But if you’re serious about getting your business to the next level, you’ll find our site a big help.

A simple place to start is with our Amber Grant for Women. Business women from Iowa (and all around America) are eligible to apply for this grant. Our judges award this grant every month – so today would be the perfect time to apply.

After you’ve applied for our grant, please take a bit of time to check out the resources below. There are folks in Iowa waiting to help women business owners just like 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 $500 each. Then, at the end of the year, one of those Qualifying Grant recipients is selected to receive the $2,500 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 $500 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 21 best small business grants available for women today—and we’d love to share it with you!

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“21 Terrific Grants for Women Business Owners.”

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

Resources for businesswomen in Iowa:

Central Iowa SCORE
709 South Center Street Fisher Community Center
Marshalltown, IA 50158
Ph: (641) 753-6645

Des Moines SCORE
210 Walnut Street Federal Building/ Room 749
Des Moines, IA 50309
Ph: (515) 284-4760

Dubuque SCORE
300 Main Street Suite 200
Dubuque, IA 52001
Ph: (563) 690-9209

Muscatine SCORE
102 Walnut Street
Muscatine, IA 52761
Ph: (563) 263-8895

SCORE East Central Iowa
2750 1st Avenue NE Corporate Center East
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Ph: (319) 362-6405 (2005)

Sioux City SCORE
320 6th Street Federal Building, Room 186
Sioux City, IA 51101
Ph: (712) 277-2324

South Central SCORE
10 Raynan Drive
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Ph: (641) 683-5127

Vista SCORE
916 North Russell Street Iowa Central Community College
Storm Lake, IA 50588
Ph: (712) 732-7267

Iowa National Association of Women Business Owners

Iowa Women in Business
E-MAIL: kelly-mcclure@uiowa.edu

Small Business Development Center of Iowa
2321 North Loop Drive, Suite 202
Ames, IA 50010-8218
PHONE: (515) 294-2030
FAX: (515) 294-6522
E-MAIL: jimh@iastate.edu

Iowa Center for Economic Success
8345 University Blvd Suite F
Clive, IA 50325
PHONE: (515) 283-0940
FAX: (515) 283-0438

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