Want to start your own business? Entrepreneurs share their best tips


Starting a new business? If you are,  you’re certainly not alone. In fact, these past two years have been banner years for people launching a new company. Perhaps they were quitting jobs as part of the “Great Resignation.” Or, maybe since folks working from home had more time, or maybe it was just more people realizing that they wanted to pursue their dream of being their own boss. Whatever the reason, 2020 and 2021 saw a surge in the number of new businesses starting.

Most new businesses are one-person businesses, at least at first. Your new business is likely to be just you, too. So I asked

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Union Bank Helps Women Entrepreneurs with Funding for State Business Centers

Female entrepreneurs can find workshops and advisors at Women’s Business Centers ilke the one that serves San Diego and Imperial counties. Photo credit: Screen shot, California Network Women’s Business Center, via californiawbc.org/

California’s Women’s Business Centers, a network of small business centers dedicated to helping female entrepreneurs, is partnering with Union Bank for additional funding.

The statewide WBC network, including 16 centers, is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration as well as the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

Women entrepreneurs and others can seek advisers who work with small business owners one-on-one at no cost and in different languages when necessary. 

The MUFG Union Bank Foundation launched its WE CAN — Women’s Entrepreneurship, Capacity, Advocacy, Nurturing — initiative last year, with a two-year $500,000 grant to help build under-resourced women’s business centers throughout California.

Foundation officials noted the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on women entrepreneurs,

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Small business center launches at JSU specifically for women-owned entrepreneurs

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Female entrepreneurs have a new place to grow their small businesses.

It’s called the Women’s Business Center at Jackson State University.

The official grand opening isn’t until January 2022, but you can now get a sneak peek of the new center.

The center will offer confidential one-on-one counseling, low-cost training, networking, free workshops, technical assistance, and mentoring to women entrepreneurs.

The chief goal is to provide business services for women seeking federal contract dollars as women-owned small businesses (WOSB) and economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSB).

The WBC is located on the third floor in Suite 332 in the College of Business.

“The Women’s Business Center @JSU is a necessity,” Sydney Brown, director of The WBC @JSU, said. “We need to support the boundless potential of women-owned businesses in the state of Mississippi. This center will encourage the participation of women entrepreneurs in the local, state,

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New Soul City business center gives space to entrepreneurs

“It was all a dream” reads the glowing neon words etched on a wall inside the Dream Center at 5927 W. Chicago Avenue.

The business center, located in Austin’s Soul City Corridor, aims to help entrepreneurs go beyond dreaming and bring their business ideas to reality.

“It all starts with a dream and an idea, but sometimes people just don’t know how to turn those dreams into a reality. So we want to take the guesswork out of it,” said Marseil Jackson, the Dream Center’s CEO. “We’re trying to help as many people as we can. It’s all about economic development.”

The Dream Center is a co-working space that offers business support services; there are membership packages to assist both established businesses and those just starting out.

Some of their support offerings include consulting, grant writing, social media marketing, graphic design and “business in a box”— a service that includes

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Thursday November 18, 2021