House passes Representative Sharice Davids’ bill to help female entrepreneurs start and grow small businesses

Pictured: Representative Sharice Davids (KS-03).(Photo: davids.house.gov)

Bipartisan legislation increases funding for the Women’s Business Center Program from $18 million annually to $31.5 million

News Release

Office of Representative Sharice Davids (D-KS-03)

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Women’s Business Center Improvement Act, legislation introduced by Representative Sharice Davids (KS-03) that would increase access to resources and opportunities for female entrepreneurs in Kansas.

The bipartisan legislation, co-introduced by Rep. Jim Hagedorn (R-MN), increases funding for the Women’s Business Center Program from $18 million annually to $31.5 million. Women Business Centers operate across the country, including in Kansas, and provide a full range of critical counseling and technical training services for small businesses primarily owned by women.

“Women are the fastest growing sector of entrepreneurs, but many unique challenges still exist for women, particularly women of color, to start and grow a business. By properly funding Women’s Business Centers, we can increase access to vital counseling and training services for female entrepreneurs that help set them up for success right here in Kansas. I’m proud the House passed my bipartisan bill with unanimous support, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to do the same,” Davids said.

“I am incredibly proud of the bipartisan nature of this small business bill. Enhancing Woman’s Business Centers will help foster a new generation of women business leaders, further expand our economy, and help hardworking Americans achieve their goals and dreams. Thanks to Congresswoman Davids for championing and managing H.R. 4405. I am proud to stand with Rep. Davids to promote women-owned enterprises. And thanks to House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Velázquez and Ranking Republican Member Chabot for their bipartisan support,” Hagedorn said.

The Kansas City Women’s Business Center is located in Fairway, KS and serves over 600 clients annually in the Kansas City Metro and across the state of Kansas through business trainings, workshops, counseling, and access to capital programs.

Davids has been a champion for Kansas small businesses in Congress through her role on the House Small Business Committee, where she works to ensure small businesses have the tools they need to take care of their employees, grow their companies, and contribute to our economy.

To view the bill, click HERE.

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