Grace Hill Women’s Business Center (WBC) was founded in 1999 as an economic development initiative within Grace Hill Settlement House. It is a public/private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration and is dedicated to providing micro-business development for aspiring entrepreneurs, with a primary focus on minority women in the community. Partnering with other institutions and community organizations, the Center is able to offer a variety of programs and services to further individuals’ aims of entrepreneurship. It offers comprehensive services to support all stages of entrepreneurship, 1:1 business counseling, where new business owners can vet their ideas, seminars/speaker series, and its flagship service, Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO)—an in-depth, 16-week business development training workshop.
The Grace Hill Women’s Business Center is central to the Grace Hill mission, which is to develop the skills of residents, and to create opportunities for their personal advancement and for the economic well-being of their community. Grace Hill Women’s Business Center offers and provides services on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals.