On Aug. 26 the United States celebrated Women’s Equality Day, which commemorated the anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in this country.
It has been 93 years since the 19th Constitutional amendment was passed, and the U.S. has seen women make many great strides toward equality in that time. Unfortunately, especially in the world of business, opportunities are not always equal. However, there are plenty of great organizations and resources available just for women who want a leg up in the world of business.
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in addition to its myriad resources available to all entrepreneurs, operates the Office of Women Business Ownership. This department has offices in every state, as well as some U.S. territories, that can offer services and referrals to other local resource partners. The Office of Women Business Ownership provides counseling and training to women small business owners in a variety of languages and geographic regions. It also offers loan programs to its clients so they may secure the credit and capital necessary to successfully open and run a small business.
OneKC for Women is a local alliance of various organizations working together to provide resources and connections to women entrepreneurs in the Kansas City area. Through partnerships developed among organizations like the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Women’s Business Center, OneKC for Women is able to offer educational courses, workshops, individual counseling sessions, networking opportunities, and mentoring to women looking to start and grow businesses. Also, OneKC for Women works with the Women’s Capital Connection, which can help women small business owners investigate and source funding through angel investors.
Women entrepreneurs have a valuable resource right here in Wyandotte County: The Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City, Kan. The women who belong to this group come from all areas of industry, including civic, health care, service, and education.
Participating in the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City, Kan., will give women entrepreneurs networking opportunities with other women in business and valuable information about what’s happening in the local business community. Interested parties can visit the website at www.womenschamberkck.org for more information on membership and the next meeting.
Emma Claudius is the business librarian at the Main Kansas City, Kan., Public Library.