If you're in the process of starting a business, you know that obtaining funding is a critical step. There are many ways to go about securing funding, and one option is to apply for a loan or contract with the government.
A recent report by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship committee found that when it comes to obtaining government funding, women are not on equal ground with men. An Associated Press article details that in fact, they are "far behind," receiving just 17 percent of Small Business Administration (SBA) loans and 16 percent of conventional ones.
According to the report, women-owned small businesses only receive 4.4 percent of the total of small business loans and are also not receiving as many government contracts. Yet women make up 30 percent of small businesses.
It was also found that when it comes to venture capital, women are only getting 7 percent of the funds that are being granted. Given these findings, the creators of the report are calling for changes to be made to the SBA's microloan program and to an Intermediary Lending Program, in addition to recommending that there be more funding for the SBA's Women's Business Centers.
Wherever it comes from, funding is essential to turn a business into a reality. If and when these changes are made, it could continue to encourage more women to start their own businesses. However, women, and anyone else interested in starting their own business, do not have to wait around in order to do so. The SBA website can be a great resource to learn more about your options for government loans and women's business resources.
Incorporating your business is another important step in your success. Contact an online incorporation services company to learn more about the benefits of incorporation.