Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need to take Getting Ready before Small Business Essentials?

The concepts in Getting Ready are built upon in Small Business Essentials. Getting Ready will familiarize you with business and finance concepts, as well as starting to assess the economic feasibility of your business. Small Business Essentials is a fast-paced course, and it is important to have the baseline knowledge from Getting Ready to succeed.

How do I apply for Small Business Essentials?

To apply for Small Business Essentials, contact our Training Team at for an application.

How many people will be in my class?

To allow for personal interaction, Getting Ready[AL1]  is limited to 30 participants and Small Business Essentials is limited to 20 participants.

Do you have a more specific schedule for your Small Business Essentials class?

Contact us if you need specific class calendar information.

How do scholarships work?

Our class pricing is based on income level and household size. Please check our scholarship chart for more information. If you believe you are eligible for a reduced fee based on the chart, please attend our free WomenVenture Overview Session. Our staff will be able to answer any questions you may have and provide you with your discount at that time.
PS: Even if you are not eligible for a reduced class fee, everyone gets a discount coupon to the Getting Ready class JUST for attending the free WomenVenture Overview Session.

What if I already have a business? Do I HAVE to take Getting Ready before Small Business Essentials?

If you have an existing business and want to take Small Business Essentials, contact our Training Team at to discuss eligibility requirements.

Why do I need a business plan?

A business plan will guide you in all aspects of your business. The work you do on your business plan will allow you to fully understand the objectives, direction, and financial aspects of your business. How much money your business needs to make to cover expenses and make a profit, how market trends could affect your business, and what sort of financing you will need to launch – all of these topics and more are discussed in a business plan. In addition, if you wish to get a loan for your business, either from a bank or from WomenVenture, you will need to have a completed business plan to be considered.

WomenVenture Overview

Sign up for one of our hour-long WomenVenture Overview to learn more about the resources WomenVenture can provide, as well as other community resources for business owners.


Need capital? In addition to offering training courses, WomenVenture can also make loans of up to $50,000 to qualified businesses.