January 8, 1999

Congressman Filner Announce an Opportunity to Help Women in Business

Congressman Filner announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is accepting applications from non-profit organizations that will join with the SBA in offering assistance to women entrepreneurs

"I encourage San Diego non-profits to take advantage of this opportunity to partner with the SBA and form a Women Business Center (WBC)," said Filner. "The WBC's provide long-term training, counseling and other forms of technical assistance to women who want to start their own businesses. They are the encouragement, support, and source of information that is vital to our female entrepreneurs of the future."

Approximately 20 awards for WBC's will be made on a competitive basis. Successful applicants must be capable of raising private sectors funds. The maximum funding level will be $150,000.

"Women-owned business are growing and contributing to the U.S. economy in wonderful ways," commented Filner. "However, women still face unique obstacles in the business sector and I support the SBA's effort to reach out to women entrepreneurs."

Interested parties are invited to submit a proposal, an original and three copies, in response to Program Announcement No. OWBO-99-012. Additional information is available by calling Ms. Sally Murrell of the Office of Women Business Ownership, 202/205-7283, or by visiting the web site, http://www.sba.gov/womeninbusiness. Applications will be accepted until February 3, 1999.

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