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Small Business Grants for Women in Ohio

Looking for business grants for women in Ohio can be frustrating – to say the least!

Doing a Google search will find you a long list of shady sites, or tons of (SBA) government sites. Not much help for you there.

Now here’s the good news: You’ve landed on a site than can help you find funding for your woman-owned business. Yes, it’s going to take an investment of your time and effort to get funding – but if you’re serious about your business plans, we’d love to get you started.

We want to begin by letting you know that offers grants to women in Ohio (as well as all across the United States).It’s our Amber Grant for Women, and we’ve been awarding it since 1998. You can apply right now.

We’d also encourage you to check out the specific resources below. There are plenty of free resources in Ohio for women 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!

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

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

Resources for businesswomen in Ohio:

175 S. Main St., Summit County Bldg., Suite 204
Akron, OH 44308
Ph: (330) 379-3163

Canton SCORE
6000 Frank Avenue NWKent State University Stark Campus
North Canton, OH 44720
Ph: (330) 244-3280 /3294

Cleveland SCORE
1350 Euclid Ave, #216
Cleveland, OH 44115
Ph: (216) 522-4194

Columbus SCORE
401 North Front Street Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215
Ph: (614) 469-2357

Dayton SCORE
200 West Second Street Suite 104
Dayton, OH 45402
Ph: (937) 225-2887

East Central Ohio SCORE
25 Walnut St PO Box 692
Newark, OH 43058
Ph: (740) 345-7458

Greater Cincinnati SCORE
525 Vine StreetSuite 1030
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Ph: (513) 684-2812

North Central Ohio SCORE
55 N. Mulberry Street Chamber of Commerce
Mansfield, OH 44902
Ph: 419-522-3211 Ext 226

Northwest Ohio SCORE
2200 Jefferson AvenueMercy Healthcare Center, 1st Floor
Toledo, OH 43604
Ph: (419) 259-7598

Youngstown SCORE
1 University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555
Ph: (330) 941-2948

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