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SBA to Launch Rural Ascent Program

SBA to Launch Rural Ascent Program
The SBA is seeking applicants for its upcoming Rural Pilot Ascent program focusing on rural women-owned businesses. The Ascent program is a combination of self-guided online learning and interactive virtual workshops, developed to assist women business owners with strategies toward growth and success, including Disaster & Economic Recovery, Strategic Marketing, Your People, Your Business Financial Strategy, and Access to Capital. Each journey contains content and tools needed to grow your business. This program is offered at no-cost.
To be considered for the program you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Women-Owned Small Business Located in a rural area Eligibility (
  2. In Business between 1 to 5 years,
  3. Average Revenue from last 5 years less than $50,000 (To calculate, annual gross revenue / years in business = average revenue)
  4. Note - if in business less than five years, state number of years in business and average revenue based on those years. For partial years in business round down to the number of full years in business.
  5. *(If start up and pre-revenue, state $0)
  6. Willingness to commit to staying in the program for the entire duration and to meeting at least 5 of the 6 times for virtual sessions (8/17-11/9/22). Mandatory virtual sessions will be held on Wednesdays - 8/17, 8/24, 9/7, 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/9 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm EST. 8/17 and 11/9 are not mandatory sessions.
  7. Agreement to proactively work with a SBA Resource Partner (WBC, SBDC, VBOC, SCORE, Community Navigator) for support and guidance through the program. The purpose is to have a local resource for the Cohort Participants to leverage for assistance and advice
If you are interested in learning more about this program, plan to attend one of the daily informational sessions being offered
July 18 through the 22 at 3:30 PM

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