In last week’s article, we reiterated that women should always get their business certified as female-owned. In that post, it was revealed that doing this can help female entrepreneurs to gain financial support which is available for those businesses which are certified as such. According to grantsforwomen.org, “The millions of dollars each year allocated to grants for women are investments in the talent, creativity, intellect, and determination shown by them in various industries and fields of study. Women are huge contributors to the economy, the workforce, entrepreneurship, and to the development and management of non-profit organizations.” In this article, we will look at more ways to get a business off the ground and look over a few ways to apply for grants and loans which cater to female business owners.
Visit Government and Other Sites
You will, of course, want to research grants and loans very extensively before deciding on which ones to apply for. There are several government web pages which share information on obtaining government grants and/or loans for small business owners and entrepreneurs. For New Zealanders, Wellington City Library Page contains a great deal of helpful information and links to other pages which can help a female entrepreneur to get started. Here are a few other places to check out.
- Stuff – This article shares how Crowdsourcing is leveling the playing field for women in business and female entrepreneurs. In 2018, women-owned businesses made up almost 40% of all Kiwi businesses, and that number continues to grow.
- Medium – An article written by Aline Siegfried shares what it is like to be a female entrepreneur in New Zealand. She shares stories of those who have already succeeded in blazing a path for you to follow.
- Forbes – According to this article in Forbes Magazine, female-owned business is thriving in New Zealand. Jo Piazza takes a look at why this is the case and shares how women can use the power that “sits at our own fingertips.”
- Goldman Sachs – In this webpage, Goldman Sachs states that everything changes when a woman leads a business. Their 10,000 Women project has helped thousands of female-led businesses from over 50 countries to succeed and grow “through access to education, networking, and capital. It is a free online learning course that supports female entrepreneurs all over the globe.
- Idealog – In this post, Ben Mack shows how female entrepreneurs can get more funding. Ben interviewed several women in business to get their advice on how others like them can get help to start and grow their business.
Beware of Scams!
Unfortunately, there seem to be as many scammers as there are legitimate sites and organizations when it comes to business grants and loans. Never, ever give your credit card number or personal information to solicitors, infomercials, or emails until you can verify their sources as legitimate. If you have been the victim of a scam, you will want to visit the following sites:
- Consumer Protection – (https://www.consumerprotection.govt.nz/general-help/scamwatch/report-a-scam/)
- Department of Internal Affairs – (https://www.dia.govt.nz/Spam-How-to-Report-Scams)
- New Zealand Government – (https://www.govt.nz/browse/law-crime-and-justice/scams-and-fraud/)
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