BOISE — The U.S. Small Business Administration announces the availability of a new grant opportunity for aspiring Women’s Business Center host organizations to provide outcome-oriented business services for women entrepreneurs.

The WBC Initial Phase Grant will provide $75,000 to establish a community-based Women's Business Center in the Boise District. 

“Our office has been listening to local leaders, business owners and partners; we’ve heard loud and clear the need for a Women’s Business Center in Idaho,” SBA Boise District Director Gary Eisenbraun said in a statement. “We welcome this funding opportunity to better serve women entrepreneuers in our state and local communities.”

Eligible applicants must be private nonprofit organizations with 501(c) tax-exempt status from the U.S. Treasury/Internal Revenue Service and must provide services to the population within the specified area. More information:

To submit an application for the grant opportunity:

  • Go to
  • Click on the "Applicants" tab.
  • Click on "Apply for Grants."
  • Follow the "Search" tab and type in "OWBO" in the keyword block.
  • Select "OWBO-2017-01-1."
  • Click on the "Package" tab, and then click on "Apply" to fill out the application forms.

Applications must be submitted via this website no later than 9:59 p.m. Feb. 12. Applications submitted via other channels, including the SBA website, will be rejected and will not be evaluated.

Send any questions about the WBC funding opportunity to the SBA Office of Women’s Business Ownership via email at


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