Alaska Is the Last State to Get a Women’s Business Center

Shaun H. Ruff


Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the Small Business Administration (SBA), calls the completion of the nationwide network “a milestone achievement” in the mission to reach more women entrepreneurs. 

Women’s Business Centers (WBC) offer one-on-one counseling, training, networking, workshops, technical assistance, and mentoring to entrepreneurs on business development topics ranging from startup and financial management to marketing and procurement. In addition, the WBC network helps entrepreneurs pivot, grow, and navigate new opportunities through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, such as contracting, competing in industries solving climate change, and helping to expand global exporting.

“Having a Women’s Business Center in every state in the union and Puerto Rico demonstrates the commitment of Administrator Guzman to provide women entrepreneurs across the nation access to the resources and supports they need to grow and excel,” says Natalie Madeira Cofield, assistant administrator for the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership. “As our first WBC to serve the state of Alaska for the agency in over a decade, we look forward to the accessibility and community this center will provide women as they navigate entrepreneurship.”


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