Advancing Capital Readiness for Women Entrepreneurs

Are you a Wisconsin woman challenged in sourcing capital for your small business? You’re not alone.

The Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship (IBE) historically finds fewer women entrepreneurs get capital and overall receive smaller amounts compared to men. In 2022, 47.5% of IBE women clients received capital vs 49.6% of men, with women receiving $63.8M in total compared to men’s $142M.

Help us, help you!

With the assistance of a new Minority Business Development Agency grant, IBE aims to help women entrepreneurs get more capital–but we need your stories. Your collective experiences will inform an innovative outreach program team that will create customized resources through a cohort-based approach to address the specific capital issues you face:

  • Legal assistance and understanding,
  • Development of financial statements,
  • Digital marketing assessments,
  • Access to investors and like-minded entrepreneurs
  • and more!

Time is short—please contribute your valuable thoughts to this prestigious project: your participation can help women entrepreneurs obtain the capital they need to grow successful small businesses.

Contact Lora Bray if you’d like to participate in a survey about your experiences in obtaining capital, or if you’d like to join an upcoming pilot learning program specific to your type of business: early stage, growth stage, tech or food/agriculture.

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Join our next listening session!

If you are a small business lender or investor, or otherwise assisting women entrepreneurs with funding, please fill out the Form under Lora Bray’s bio to express your interest in sharing your experiences at an upcoming listening session.

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Partners: Join our list!

Are you a partner hoping to assist women across Wisconsin to access capital to start and develop their small businesses? Reach out to learn more how you can help!

Outreach Learning Manager

Lora Bray

In general, she likes to help others reach their project or career goals. Their objectives or needs may vary, but she strives to provide solid data and helpful resources for good decision making. She finds it rewarding to save others time and contribute to their success by providing timely information.

Are you interested in learning more about the program? Reach out to Lora by filling out the Form below.

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