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, and seminars/speaker series.

The WBC’s parent organization, Grace Hill Settlement House, works in partnership with neighbors and stakeholders to identify the social and economic challenges in North and South St. Louis, and establish families and communities that are strong and self-sustaining.  Through multiple hub-like locations, thousands of St. Louis residents are impacted each year by the multitude of services that Grace Hill Settlement House offers which include early childhood, youth and family supports, aging and special needs, and community and economic development resources.

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.