The Women’s Business Center, the largest initiative of the Entrepreneurial Center, hosted by the Barney School of Business, has been part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s resource partner network since 1999. In a recent letter and certificate, outgoing SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet formally recognized the Women's Business Center (WBC) as "part of the official network of WBC's [that] expands access and opportunities for America's entrepreneurs."
WBC's nationwide have made a significant impact in recent years. In 2015, $3.8B in SBA loans went to women, an increase of 42 percent. For the first time ever, women-owned businesses were awarded more than 5 percent of federal contracting dollars, a goal set by Congress more than two decades ago. Stated Contreras-Sweet, "Please accept this certificate as a token of our appreciation for the dedication you have shown to America's small businesses and the incredible work you do.”
WBC staff is looking forward to continuing their impactful work under the new SBA leadership of Linda McMahon. The Center ranks in the top 20 percent of women’s business centers nationally, and hosts a variety of programs and services, that can we found at www.hartford.edu/wbc . Milena Erwin is the Center’s program manager.