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Small Business Grants for Women in Missouri

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

A Google search for women’s business grants will bring up pages of sites. But most either look like scams or complicated government (Small Business Administration) sites.  You know — sites that want to know all your personal and financial information before they even consider giving out a business grant.

That’s not at all how we do it. WomensNet helps you find real grants, loans, and other funding for your business venture.  Start with our Amber Grant for Women. Business women from Missouri (and all around America) are eligible to apply for this grant. Each month, our judges award a $1,000 Amber Grant to a women-owned business.  At the end of 2018, one of our 12 winners will earn an additional Amber Grant of $10,000.  It’s the single largest grant we’ll award in our 20-year history.  And we can’t wait to meet the future recipient.

After you’ve applied for our Amber Grant, please take a bit of time to check out the resources below. Look in the right places, and you’ll find people in Missouri waiting to help women business owners just like you.  Good luck in your search — we hope you reach your dreams.

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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, WomensNet judges award one or more Amber Grants of $1,000 each. Then, at the end of the year, one of those 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 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

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!

Enter your email to receive a FREE copy of our special report,
“20 Terrific Grants for Women Business Owners.”

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

Resources for businesswomen in Missouri:

Kansas City SCORE
4747 Troost Avenue, Suite 128,Business Resource Center, Kansas City, MO 64110
Ph: (816) 235-6675

Lake of the Ozarks SCORE
739 West US Highway 54, Camdenton, MO 65020
Ph: (573) 346-5441

Springfield Missouri SCORE
830 E. Primrose Street Suite 101, Springfield, MO 65807
Ph: (417) 890-8501 ext.218

St. Louis SCORE
1222 Spruce Street, Suite 10.103, St. Louis, MO 63102
Ph: (314) 539-6600 ext.242

Business Women of Missouri
P.O. Box 28243, Kansas City, MO 64188
Email: jo@businesswomenmo.org

Missouri Women’s Council
PO Box 1157, 301 W. High Street, Suite 680
Harry S. Truman Office Building
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: (573) 751-0810
E-mail: wcouncil@ded.mo.gov

Small Business Development Center
Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center
Phone: (573) 884-1555

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