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Small Business Grants for Women in South Dakota

Finding small business grants for women in South Dakota is difficult.

A Google search will bring up a long list of sites. But most either look like scams or complicated government (Small Business Administration) sites. You can spend a whole day simply filling out paperwork.

But not at WomensNet. We help you find real grants, loans, and other funding for your business venture. And we’ve been helping women business owners since 1998.

Of course, you’re still going to have to put in some hard work. But if you’re serious about taking your business to the next level, you’re already on the right tack.

A great place to start is with our Amber Grant for Women. Businesswomen from South Dakota (and all over America) are eligible to apply for this $1,000 grant. Our judges award one every month.  If you’re a recipient, you’re automatically eligible for our year-end Amber Grant ($10,000). This year, we’re awarding the most grant money in our 20-year history.

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

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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 South Dakota:

Resources for businesswomen in South Dakota:

Rapid City SCORE
525 University Loop Suite 102, Rapid City, SD 57701
Ph: (605) 394-1707

Sioux Falls SCORE
2329 N. Career Ave. Suite 105, Sioux Falls, SD 57107
Ph: (605) 330-4243

Small Business Development Center
414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069
PHONE: 605-677-5287
E-MAIL: jshemmin@usd.edu

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Whether you’re starting or growing your business, WomensNet can help.

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