WomensNet News

September 4th 2009

New Handbook Helps Women Business Owners

Need financing to launch your business or expand the one you have? A new handbook helps women business owners identify little-known sources of valuable funding.

Beyond Grants: 8 Super Ideas to Get Money for Your Business (and Other Financing Tips for Women Entrepreneurs), a 43-page guide from an award-winning business author, provides priceless tips and tactics for tapping into money that’s available for businesses now.

“Access to capital has been a huge issue for women business owners for decades,” says the handbook’s author, Marcia Layton Turner, author of The Unofficial Guide to Starting Your Own Business and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Starting a Small Business and a small business expert at BusinessWeek.com. “Ironically, while women struggle to find, qualify for, and access funding, they are the primary drivers of small business growth.”

According to the SBA, the percentage of women-owned businesses increased nearly 20 percent between 1997 and 2002, the most recent figures available. Women owned 28 percent of non-farm businesses in the U.S. in 2002, increasing employment by 70,000 jobs. And yet, the National Women’s Business Council reports that women have more difficulty securing the funding needed to start and expand their firms than male-owned companies; a 2003 survey by the organization identified access to capital as the biggest challenge women business owners reported facing.
The $27 instantly downloadable handbook features specific, here’s-how-to-do-it information in eight sections. Each section features clickable links to specific contacts and resources online. To learn more or to purchase Beyond Grants: 8 Super Ideas to Get Money for Your Business (and Other Financing Tips for Women Entrepreneurs), go to www.womensnet.net