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Funding Your Business


The Women’s Business Center offers a variety of seminars — including those covering funding issues — on a monthly basis on topics important to the start-up or existing business owner. These events are open to men and women. View calendar of events >


Not able to take a class, or need advice on a specific issue? The WBC staff offers one-on-one consultation on a schedule that is convenient for you. Phone consultation is also available, especially for those outside our metropolitan area. Request a consultation >  

WE-Lend Micro Loan and Financial Education

The Women’s Business Center is an alternative lending organization that offers loans and financial education to small business owners.

The Women's Business Center now offers microloan products to support women-owned small businesses in the Kansas City metro area.  Each loan recipient will receive structured technical assistance support in the development of their business and access to a Financial Coach.

WE-Lend Micro Loan Products

We offer loans of up to $25,000 for existing businesses, including loans for start-ups, with a special emphasis on women-owned businesses.

WE-Lend micro loans include:

  • Fixed interest rate
  • Term loans, up to 5 years
  • No pre-payment penalty
  • One-time commitment fee plus collateral filing fees
  • Loans must be secured by collateral or guaranteed by a qualified co-signer

Learn more about WE-Lend now>

Kansas City Regional Microloan Program

Microloans are loans between $500 and $50,000 and are targeted toward those who are unable to obtain financing through traditional banking resources. Loans are underwritten by Justine Petersen, the second-largest microlender in the U.S. To initiate the loan application process, contact Justine Petersen directly.

To schedule an appointment with a Justine Petersen loan officer, contact Nicole Drone.

The Women’s Business Center can provide technical support to both men and women participating in the program, but who need help in completing a business plan or the financial projections needed to complete the loan process.

Informational sessions on microloans and credit building are held the fourth Wednesday of each month. View the events calendar >

Credit Health for Small Businesses

The Women's Employment Network provides one-on-one Financial Coaching to small business owners who need to build their credit before applying for funding. Personal finances are a key component of the success of a small business so it is important to be prepared before approaching a lender.

Contact a Financial Coach by clicking here.

Women’s Capital Connection

The Women’s Capital Connection is one of eight women-only groups of SEC-accredited investors who meet monthly to listen to business proposals to determine if there is an interest in funding the business on an equity basis. Find out more >