As part of a five-year grant that began last year, the Women's Business Center at Canisius College will receive $150,000 in federal funding this year from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The Women's Business Center, which began operating this year, provides resources, training, counseling, and mentoring services to women entrepreneurs in the Buffalo Niagara region. One of 34 such sites nationally, the center is required to match a portion of the federal funds each year with private funding or in-kind services.
"We have exceeded our goals for the year," said Melinda Rath Sanderson, executive director of the center. "There are different goals for different categories, and we have already matched our in-kind donations for this year and next year."
Canisius College runs the program, which is located in Demerly Hall on the Main Street campus. So far, the college has provided $150,000 in grants and services for the program.
"We have served over 1,100 people thus far," Sanderson said. "We are already really tight on space for programs this up comming year."
While the center provides counseling and resources at no charge, there are fees for some of the programs. The year-long coaching program costs $100 and other workshops cost several hundred dollars, but financial aid is available. Although the center is aimed at serving women, Canisius students and men can use the services of the center as well.