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WIPP’s Women Accessing Capital Program will provide the information and resources you need to break down the barriers between your business and money. The national program is designed to educate you on all steps of accessing capital including – understanding and evaluating funding sources, creating a strong application for capital, and managing and maintaining growth.
Capital is the lifeline of business. The ability to secure funding and credit is often the determinant of an entrepreneur’s opportunity to start or grow a business. For women, however, accessing capital continues to be difficult. In 2013, less than one in three loan applications for women-owned firms were approved. A 2014 Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship report on barriers to women’s entrepreneurship found that women receive only 16 percent of conventional small business loans. This amounts to 4.4 percent of the total dollar value of all small business loans, leaving women-owned small businesses with only $1 out of every $23 that is being loaned to small businesses.
To address the crisis of capital access faced by women entrepreneurs, WIPP has laid out a platform, Breaking the Bank: Women Entrepreneurs & the Need for Capital, which offers a broad array of policy changes that would benefit women business owners trying to obtain capital for growth.
The platform divides recommendations into three sections: changing capital infrastructure, supporting small lending institutions, and strengthening government investment. The eleven recommendations range from simplified intellectual property filings to ending a “one-size-fits-all” approach to lending regulation to modernizing credit-scoring models. Groundwork to build support in Congress for individual provisions is already underway.
Read WIPP’s access to capital platform for women business owners here.
S. 1445, To Improve the Microloan Program of the Small Business Administration
S. 957, The Small Business Investment Capital Company Act of 2015
S. 115 – A bill to increase oversight of small business assistance programs provided by the SBA
H.R. 527 – The Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act
WIPP CREED Act Support Letter – 8/4/15
FY2014 WIPP Appropriations Overview – 2/21/14
Crowdfunding One Step Closer to Reality – 10/23/13