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Small Business Grants for Women in Tennessee

It’s not impossible to find small business grants for women in Tennessee … but it’s not easy either!

Let’s face it, banks and investors aren’t lining up to give women free money to start businesses.

But now for the good news. You’ve hit on a site that’s helped women find funding for their business dreams since 1998. Sure, it’s still going to take time and effort on your part. But if you’re a motivated woman business owner, we’re positive we can help.

For starters, yes, WomensNet.net offers grants to women businesses in Tennessee (as well as all across the United States). We award it every month, and it’s called the Amber Grant for Women. It’s simple to apply, and we hope you’ll take a few minutes to do so now.

It’s also worth your while to check out the resources below.  Tennesseans across the state are pitching in to help small business women owners 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 Tennessee:

Resources for businesswomen in Tennessee:

Chattanooga SCORE
5726 Marlin Road Franklin Building, Suite 515
Chattanooga, TN 37411
Ph: (423) 553-1722

Greater Knoxville SCORE
412 North Cedar Bluff Road Suite 450
Knoxville, TN 37923
Ph: (865) 692-0716

Nashville SCORE
2 International Plaza
Nashville, TN 37217
Ph: (615) 736-7621

SCORE Memphis
5100 Poplar Avenue Suite 1701
Memphis, TN 38137
Ph: (901) 544-3588

Small Business Development Center
3050 Medical Center Parkway
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
1-877-898-3900

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