Business Tax Filing
Online Center Helps
Women Start and Build a Business
By Susan Byers
Customers Are Saying
"I've spent literally hours visiting your website, and I
want to thank you for making it such a comprehensive resource.
You've saved me hours of work and hours of research."
Owner, JK Enterprises (Indiana)
"Who writes your website stuff?" This information is top
--A. J. Campbell
Electronic Commerce Task Force
"I discovered your site by accident…But I am glad I did.
Your site has so much valuable and absolutely FREE information
that's just what I have been looking for."
"Personally I feel it's worth to share with all, over here
in this part of the world-Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei,
we share the same language."
--Name withheld on request
If you are a woman who owns a business or dreams of starting
one, the SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership is eager
to help. OWBO offers a wide array of programs and resources,
many as close as your fingertips.
In an age of globalization, technology and diversity, OWBO is
leading the way. Our Online Women's Business Center, launched
only a few months ago, has already received well over 2 million
"hits" by visitors from 100 countries around the world. "This
is exciting news," said Sherrye Henry, director of the Office
of Women's Business Ownership. "We are reaching women of all
ages and from every walk of life everywhere, and helping them
change their lives for the better."
The Online WBC is an interactive, state-of-the-art web site
that offers virtually everything you need to start and build
a successful business, including online training, mentoring,
individual counseling, topic forums and newsgroups, market research,
and information on all of the SBA's programs and services, plus
links to countless other resources. Access the Online
Women's Business Center..
The OWBC trains and counsels women using the expertise of SBA's
70 Women's Business Centers located nationwide. SBA built this
web site with help from some of today's best-known corporations:
IBM, JC Penney, NationsBank, GTE, and Avon.
The Online WBC has been getting some interesting requests for
assistance recently. These queries highlight not only the incredible
need for this kind of information around the world and the variety
of businesses we can help, but also the spirit that drives this
office, our representatives in the field, and our women's business
Within just two weeks, we received requests from a computer
expert in India who wants to start an at-home business and two
12 year-old girls who want to share profits from baby-sitting
and crafts. We also had a request from a group of four Maphuche
women from Chile who want to "market, promote and rescue our
traditional cuisine through a food and beverage service in authentic
tradition …to maintain … the essential cultural identity of
our people, as well as …to generate added income for our families
without impacting our culture…"
We put the woman from India in touch with a mentor to help her
develop her business. Susan Davis, director of the Center for
Women Entrepreneurs at the Columbia College for Women, is helping
the two girls develop a business plan (the center already works
with students, grades K-12, in South and North Carolina). And
Joy Vilardi de Camacho, project director of the Women's Business
Institute in San Juan, P.R., volunteered to help the Maphuche
women, and to get Spanish-language literature to them.
One of the primary obstacles to international exchanges is-or
was-language. To begin to overcome that barrier, the Online
WBC is now available in Spanish.
For More Information
Wherever you are in pursuit of your dream, whether you own a
business that is poised to grow, are struggling with management
or technology issues, or are simply exploring the possibilities,
SBA is ready-and eager-to help. Visit the Online
Women's Business Center or our home
page.. You may also call your local SBA district office
(in the phone book under U.S. Government), or phone us at 202-205-6673.
About the Author
Susan Byers is in charge of Publications Outreach for the Office
of Women's Business Ownership at the Small Business Administration
in Washington, DC.