|The Womens Business Center is an
original research project of Services Cooperative Association. In the early
80's SCA Research, acting upon suggestions from its women business owner
membership, commenced a study of gender basis for business starts and discovered that
women were starting small businesses at twice the rate of men in the SCA
service area. SCA Research then confirmed the ratios nationwide, began to
design a development methodology specifically for women owned businesses and reported its
findings to the government.
much for the good news. Regretfully, the Womens Business Center name was
shamelessly pirated by the United States Small Business Administration to designate a
welfare-based program for women. For the record, we have no reservation about any program
that assists women. However, we've asked that the U.S. SBA stop using this name and,
failing that, acknowledge our intellectual property rights of the name, first use of the
name and the concept of empowering women, through education and training, without public
funding, to become business owners.
We deplore that the government
permitted a program that requires on-going public funding of the SBA centers - including
the Small Business Development Centers - and so callously created direct competition
between tax funded programs and private sector programs - operated by small business owner
tax payers - that were being initiated across the nation in response to fulfilling a need
in the marketplace.
This Womens Business Center
provides a "hand-up" to women seeking to improve their economic situation and
not a "hand-out" to any who would continually abuse a support system by saying
"the only way it can be done is with tax funding."
It is our opinion that any economic
development project, including the SBA program, having no time-line for self-sufficiency,
is ultimately doomed to failure with it's only measure of empty success as having provided
short term employment to those administering it, who will perpetuate it.
We think it a travesty of government to create public/private conflict and to foster tax
funded programs at the expense of privately funded programs.
We're proud of our independence,
that we're entirely self-sufficient and that we're not hampered by a bureaucracy, the
cancer of a government sponsored dependence on public funding or the creation of a welfare
The government has put the proposed
expansion of its Women's Business Centers into new locations on hold. Why? The money for
expansion is having to be diverted to the initial centers that have not gained
self-sufficiency as proposed. Why? Because they can't grow companies. They can only grow
Click here for the Inc. article
on future funding of the Women's Business Centers
We believe that to teach self-sufficiency, you must be able to demonstrate it. We salute
all the private empowerment projects, everywhere, who support women's initiatives without
"The secret to happiness is
not what you can get for yourself, rather what you can do for others." - Dr.
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