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Small Business Administration (SBA) Women Business Center to Launch at The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship

PITTSBURGH:  The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) announced today that it has been awarded an SBA Women Business Center. CWE is working with the SBA Pittsburgh District Office on this initiative, including District Director Dr. Kelly Hunt and District Office Technical Representative for Women Business Centers Karan Waigand.

The newly established Women Business Center will be focused on the design and implementation of programming geared specifically to underserved populations of women and the challenges they face in starting, growing, and succeeding in business. In addition, the Women Business Center will provide programming, one-on-one and group mentoring, and counseling focused on business financing, access to capital, certifications for federal contracting, and business expansion through international markets and exporting.

The Women Business Center will initially target nascent women entrepreneurs and established business owners within the 11 counties in Western Pennsylvania, including Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Armstrong, Indiana, Westmoreland, Somerset, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Erie Counties, and through virtual programming plan to expand in future years to servicing women throughout the 27 counties covered by the Pittsburgh District Office of the SBA. Chatham’s Women Business Center will engage CWE’s network of community partners to specifically increase service to women from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds and women veterans.

Rebecca Harris, the director of The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University announced that the assistant director of CWE, Anne Flynn Schlicht, will serve as the director of the new Women Business Center, which will be located  within CWE on Chatham University’s Shadyside campus. The new center will be open to clients for inquires and face-to-face and virtual counseling.

About The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship
The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University creates economic opportunities for women through entrepreneurial education and training, mentoring, and networking.  Building on Chatham University’s tradition of educating women for 145 years, The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University has provided quality education and training for women entrepreneurs since 2005.

Current funding for The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University has been provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the PNC Foundation, and the Alcoa Foundation. Initial funding was provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the Lois Tack Thompson Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation.

For more information about programs offered by The Center, call 412-365-1253 or visit http://www.chatham.edu/cwe.

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