IEWBC Assists Existing and Aspiring Women Business Owners
Inspiring women entrepreneurs across the region, the Inland Empire Women’s Business Center’s (IEWBC) mission is to benefit the local economy by assisting existing and aspiring women business owners to start and grow successful businesses. The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), in collaboration with the US Small Business Administration (SBA) launched the IEWBC in 2003 to meet the unique needs of women business owners in the Inland Empire region.
"The IEWBC has been invaluable as an information resource and business incubator. Executive Director Michelle Skiljan and Director Nicole Kinney have created a nurturing and dynamic environment that focuses on YOUR business success," says Beverly A. Rubio, IEWBC client.
The IEWBC provides various resources and opportunities to connect entrepreneurs with interactive workshops that range from introductory to advance subjects. They also provide counseling services to help aspiring women business owners develop business plans, marketing strategies and create financial plans. Citi Bank and the IEWBC have come together to create the It's Your Time (IYT) program, an Entrepreneurial Series for Women to help start-up businesses. The IYT program is designed to help entrepreneurial women kick start their business ideas and receive guidance throughout the start-up stages.
“The Inland Empire Women’s Business Center has been an invaluable and much-needed source for coaching, workshops, networking, resources, plus access to business experts I would not have otherwise had the privilege to work with,” says Carolyn Ortman, IEWBC client.
Since its inception, the IEWBC has trained over 27,000 individuals and assisted in the creation of 210 new businesses. Creating an overall economic impact over 11 million dollars, the IEWBC has helped companies create or retain over 900 jobs and developed over 350 business plans for clients. If you are thinking about starting a business, but are unsure of where to go or feel alone in the process, the IEWBC is a great resource to support, encourage and inspire entrepreneurship.