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Small Business Grants for Women in North Carolina

Looking for small business grants for women in North Carolina 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 North Carolina (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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina:

Resources for businesswomen in North Carolina:

Asheville SCORE
151 Patton AvenueFederal Building, Room 259
Asheville, NC 28801
Ph: (828) 271-4786

Chapel Hill SCORE
104 S. Estes Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Ph: (919) 968-6894

Charlotte SCORE
6302 Fairview RoadSuite 300
Charlotte, NC 28210
Ph: (704) 344-6576

Coastal Carolina SCORE 660
3615 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557
Ph: (252) 222-6126

Greensboro/Highpoint SCORE
1451 S. Elm-Eugene StreetSuite 2306
Greensboro, NC 27406
Ph: (336) 333-5399

Outer Banks SCORE
101 Town Hall Drive Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Ph: (252) 441-8144

Raleigh SCORE
300 Fayetteville St., Suite 440,
Century PO Bldg
Raleigh, NC 27602
Ph: (919) 856-4739

Sandhills SCORE
10677 Hwy 15-501Moore County Chamber of Commerce
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Ph: (910) 692-3926

Upper Coastal Plains
727 North Grace StreetBraswell Memorial Library
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Ph: (252) 442-1173

Western NC SCORE
140 4th Avenue West Federal Building, Room 108
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Ph: (828) 693-8702

Wilmington SCORE
4010 Oleander DriveBrowning Plaza II, Suite 6
Wilmington, NC 28403
Ph: (910) 452-5395

North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development
114 West Parrish Street
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919.956.8889
Fax: 919.688.7668
Email: institute@ncimed.com

North Carolina Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs
175 BPW Club Road
Carrboro, NC 27510

Small Business Development Center
5 West Hargett St, Suite 600
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 715-7272

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