Advocacy for Women in Business
The Association of Women's Business Centers advocates for advancing entrepreneurship for women in Washington, D.C. This means activating Women's Business Centers to tell their stories, and sharing the successes of the clients they serve. AWBC has identified several priorities to address the needs of women striving to grow their businesses.
AWBC has published its 2020 policy priorities, a continuation of the work we did in 2019. These priorities include:
- Strengthening the Women's Business Center Program with re-authorization, in line with the H.R. 4405 which passed the House in 2019 - we urge the U.S. Senate to also pass legislation that raises the grant cap, implements accreditation and statutorily recognizes the AWBC.
- Increased funding for Women's Business Centers - the return on each taxpayer dollar is $46 dollars - AWBC urges Congress to appropriate $30 million to the Women's Business Center Program, a $7.5 million dollar increase above the 2019 appropriations of $22.5 million. AWBC also encourages state governments to appropriate matching funds for women's business centers in their states.
- Promoting women's entrepreneurial resiliency - strengthening women's business center capacity to respond to disaster and working to ensure access to new markets.
Please send letters to your members of Congress to request $30 million for the Women's Business Center Program. A template is provided here.