Washington Women's Business Center

Washington Women's Business Center (WWBC)

The Washington Women's Business Center is committed to providing training and financing opportunities to female entrepreneurs.

A program of Business Impact NW in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, WWBC equips women and their families in Washington State with the resources to successfully start and run their businesses.

We've all been impacted by Coronavirus/COVID-19. We have added services specifically in response to the impacts.

How You Can Build Your Business With WWBC


Receive one-on-one business coaching

Our team of business coaches can provide the following one-on-one assistance:

  • Additional help navigating city, state, federal, and private economic relief programs related to COVID-19.
  • Answering specific questions when filing SBA, State, and City grant and loan applications.
  • Mitigation planning for the long-term economic effects of COVID-19 or similar occurrences.
  • Building resiliency into your business model
  • Understanding your business model and hazards and prevention of the transmission of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases
  • Contingent planning for potential effects of COVID-19 on the supply chains, distribution, and sale of products
  • Implementing new management and practice of telework to reduce possible transmission of COVID-19
  • Managing remote customer service by electronic or other means
  • Learning about the risks of and mitigation of cyber threats in remote customer service or telework practices

Our Goals

Increase the number of women owned small businesses

Maximize jobs created by and for those businesses

Reinforce the growth, profit, and value of each business

What You Can Gain

  • Understanding of your funding options
  • Help preparing loan packages and presentations for lenders and potential investors
  • Skills to help you manage business profitability
  • Support in creating a comprehensive business plan and financial projections
  • Help identifying business expansion options
  • And more!


Women-owned businesses employ 9 million people in the US

39% of 28 million small businesses are led by women

Women-owned businesses generate more than $1.6 trillion in revenues

From 2007 to 2016 women-owned businesses increased by 45% - 5X faster than the national average

Women-owned businesses receive 80% less first year funding than male-owned businesses

Only 4% of the total dollar value of small business loans go to female entrepreneurs

Locally, in 2019

Business Starts
Coaching Hours
Classes & Trainings
Clients Served

Business Impact has placed T-DUB in the company of some of Seattle's top women entrepreneurs through events like Celebrating Dreams, Celebrating Success. Washington Women's Business Center and BIN have been an integral resource for the growth of my business.

Takiyah Ward, T-DUB Customs

Last summer I attended a Launch & Grow course at Business Impact Northwest. The course provided invaluable instruction, coaching and community and gave me the confidence and support to turn an idea into a reality.

Emily Schikora, Editor Consignment

Susan Perreault and others at the WWBC have been an essential part of my networking efforts. By putting me in contact with other local small successful business owners, I was able to learn from their experiences throughout the different phases of their business. That input is invaluable for a new entrepreneur learning to navigate uncharted waters.

Debbie Hendrickx, Swell, gelato for dogs

Susan of the WWBC has been my guide, mentor, and support throughout the entire business planning process. From designing my business plan, launching my first classes and encouraging me when I was disappointed, she has been coaching me every step-of-the-way. I could not and would not have done it without her!

Dori Ann Babcock, Valiant Health Solutions

WWBC has been a great encouragement. From navigating trademarks to keeping me focused, coach Susan has helped me think big and keep the ball rolling.

Lyn Lindberg, COUCH to ACTIVE

Business Impact NW approved a loan and a line of credit for new production costs, which has enabled us to grow our business with bigger customers and expand our product line. We were able to double our sales in 2017.

Jennifer Brown with Jess Arnett, Bowser Beer
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Launch Your Business

From idea, to plan, to business start,
let us help you launch your dream.

Grow Your Business

We work with you to take your
established business to the next level.

We work with you to secure funding
for your business to thrive

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SBA logoReasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact wbc@businessimpactnw.org or call 206.324.4330 x 102.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the US Small Business Administration.  All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

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2021 Washington Women's Business Center Sponsor

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