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Small Business Grants for Women in Michigan

Small business grants for women in Michigan are here.

A Google search will bring up a long list of sites. But most either look like scams or complicated government (Small Business Administration) sites that ask a lot of personal and financial questions.

We’re different. WomensNet helps you find real grants, loans, and other funding for your business venture. 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 key resource.

A great place to start is with our Amber Grant for Women. Businesswomen from Michigan (and all around America) are eligible to apply. Our judges award a $10,000 Amber Grant each month – so there’s never a bad time to apply.  And if you are one of our 12 winners at the end of the year, you’re automatically eligible to win our year-end Amber Grant of $25,000.  That means a few minutes of your time right now could turn into $35,000 total this year.

After you’ve applied for our grant, please take a bit of time to check out the resources below. There are people in Michigan waiting to help women business owners just like you. Best of luck.



Resources for businesswomen in Michigan:

Ann Arbor Area Score
3601 Plymouth Road Cleary University, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Ph: (734) 981-1835

Detroit SCORE
477 Michigan Avenue Suite 515, Detroit, MI 48226
Ph: (313) 226-7947

Grand Rapids SCORE
111 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Ph: (616) 771-0305

Holland SCORE
272 E. 8th Street, Holland, MI 49423
Ph: (616) 392-2389

Kalamazoo SCORE
346 West Michigan Avenue # 100, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Ph: (269) 381-5382

Ludington & Scottville Area SCORE
5300 W. US Highway 10, Ludington, MI 49431
Ph: (231) 845-0324

Muskegon SCORE
380 W. Western, Muskegon, MI 49440
Ph: (231) 722-3751

Tip of the Mitt SCORE
401 E. Mitchell, Petoskey, MI 49770
Ph: (231) 347-4150

Traverse City SCORE
202 East Grandview Parkway, Traverse City, MI 49684
Ph: (231) 947-5075

Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs
P.O. Box 40628, Redford, MI 48240
Phone: (313) 338-9494
Fax: (866) 491-7137

Michigan Women’s Marketplace
2002 Hogback Road, Suite 17, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone: (734) 677-1400

Women Business Owner’s of Southeast Michigan
P.O. Box 1936, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1936
Phone: (888)-503-6265 x105

Small Business Development Center
Grand Valley State University – Depot

Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center State Headquarters
510 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Phone: (616) 331-7480

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, WomensNet judges award one or more Amber Grants of $10,000 each. Then, at the end of the year, one of those grant recipients is selected to receive the $25,000 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 $10,000 Amber 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
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What people are saying about WomensNet


“You have to be in it to win it...seize the opportunity and apply.”

Nerd Wallet

“The Foundation awards $10,000 to a different women-owned business every month. At the end of each year, one of the 12 grant winners is awarded an additional $25,000.”


“Launched 20 years ago this grant honors the memory of a young woman who wanted to be an entrepreneur but died at age 19 before she could achieve her goal.”


“The Amber Grant Foundation was launched in 1998 to honor the memory of a young woman. The grant was formed to help women entrepreneurs reach their goals when Amber could not.”

Essence Magazine

“This organization offers monthly grants of up to $10,000 to support female entrepreneurs starting businesses. Those who qualify for these grants are also in the running for a yearly $25,000 grant.”