TWU grant program now open for women-owned businesses

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Texas is a great state for women entrepreneurs — and the state has been ranked No. 1 in multiple business lists. Still, one of the biggest hurdles for a startup is funding.The 2019 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report commissioned by American Express had some eye-popping revelations:Between 2014 and 2019, the number of women-owned businesses climbed 21%, to a total of nearly 13 million (12,943,400).Employment grew by 8%, to 9.4 million.Revenue rose 21% to $1.9 trillion.Additionally, several key metrics for women-owned businesses showed continued progress when compared with all businesses over the past five years:The number of women-owned businesses increased 21%, while all businesses increased only 9%.Total employment by women-owned businesses rose 8%, while for all businesses the increase was 1.8%.Total revenue growth of women-owned businesses was about the same as for all businesses: 21% and 20% respectively.Access to capital is crucial for a startup or growing business. In addition to local lending institutions, the Small Business Administration 504 and 7(a) loan programs are designed to promote economic development and job creation in small businesses. Lenders can be found through the SBA website. Alternative lenders include companies such as Accion, PeopleFund and LiftFund. Some programs offer loans as small as $500 for a small business.To help women get startup funding, the …

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