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, especially women of color, in pursuing the initiative.