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Women-owned businesses on the move in South Carolina

CommunityWorks Women's Business Center supports female entrepreneurs


GREENVILLE, S.C. — South Carolina provides a rich environment for women to start a business.

Ana Parra with CommunityWorks tells us the Palmetto state is fourth in the nation for growth in women-owned businesses.

CommunityWorks Women's Business Center is there to help, serving entrepreneurs through training, education and advocacy, with a focus on helping those who may be economically disadvantaged.

In 2021, the Women's Business Center served 331 entrepreneurs, helped 15 clients start new businesses and hosted 56 educational training sessions and events. As the Program Director for the Women's Business Center, Parra sees firsthand the value of women encouraging women.

"We are creating our own community here at the Women’s Business Center where entrepreneurs do get to know each other, and they are helping each other out," she says, "sometimes the best help that a woman business owner receives is from another women’s business owner."

The center is funded in part by the Small Business Administration.

The CommunityWorks Women’s Business Center (WBC) serves women and men throughout South Carolina by empowering entrepreneurs through advocacy, outreach, education and support. The center focuses on serving those who may be economically disadvantaged – working to offer comprehensive training and counseling to foster business skills.

The WBC builds upon CommunityWorks’ mission to provide opportunities for all through equitable lending, investing, and financial education. The WBC is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Register to receive a free discovery session with the Women’s Business Center. All initial sessions are over the phone and will help us determine how best to help you on your business journey.

If you would like to sign up for a free discovery session or learn about upcoming programs click here.

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