Women’s Business Center

Women’s Business Center (WBC) of Northern Virginia is part of a national network of over 100 educational centers throughout the United States which are designed to empower women to achieve small business success and share that success with others.

The Women’s Business Center is a subsidiary of Community Business Partnership, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization working in collaboration with a number of local, regional and national organizations to promote small business growth in Fairfax County and beyond.

We serve potential and existing small business owners including women, veterans, and minorities primarily located in Fairfax County, Virginia.

 

 

 

 

 

Business Training & Counseling

Thanks to the continued financial support by the US Small Business Administration, the Women’s Business Center of Northern Virginia assists hundreds of small and emerging businesses annually.

If you are thinking of starting a business or have a business that has been operating less than two years, sign up for free one-on-one business planning counseling session with a WBC expert Counselor.

Our Impact

We empower our clients by providing access to resources in order to fulfill their dreams, to provide for their financial security as well as that of their families, and to contribute to the economic growth of their communities.

In 2020, CBP’s 13 member staff and two dozen volunteers created 145 business training events with 2,141 attendees.  Over 700 individuals received more than 1,400 hours of one-on-one business counseling; a 37% increase from the previous year.

CBP  administered Fairfax County’s RISE program that provided over $52MM in small grants to over 4,800 small businesses.  CBP also developed Fairfax County’s microloan program that has provided over $1.6MM to businesses affected by the COVID downturn.

WBC Leadership

The WBC is led by Cindy Butler.  Prior to joining CBP, Cindy was the Director of the Washington Women’s Business Center in Seattle, WA. In this capacity, she trained thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs and counseled over 600 clients, assisting many in opening businesses ranging from art to a French bakery to scooter rentals.  She has served as Executive Director of two nonprofit organizations, and co-founded one of these organizations to work with women business owners in villages in Ghana and Kenya.

More on Cindy Butler here.

Women's Activities

First Fridays!

First Fridays!

Network, learn, and most of all, have fun!  A program of the Women’s Business Center at Community Business Partnership, First Fridays are a great time to education yourself on the latest business trends and learn from solid experts.  Network, learn, and most of all, have fun!  A program of the Women’s Business Center at Community Business Partnership, First Fridays are a great time to education yourself on the latest business trends and learn from solid experts.Network, learn, and most of all, have fun!  A program of the Women’s Business Center at Community Business Partnership, First Fridays are a great time to education yourself on the latest business trends and learn from solid experts.

Start Up Resources

Women’s Business Center Staff

Cindy Butler, Director (bio)
(703) 768-1440 x 107
cindy@cbponline.org

Kathryn Walker, Assistant Director (bio)
(703) 768-1440 x 105
kathryn@cbponline.org

Sheina Waddell, Training Coordinator (bio)
(703) 768-1440 x 103
sheina@cbponline.org

Rosario Valdez, Small Busienss Counselor (bio)
(703) 768-1440 x 109 (Hablo Español)
rosario@cbponline.org

Lucas E. Wall, MBA (bio)
(703) 768-1440 x 115 (Hablo Español)
lucas@cbponline.org

US Small Business Administration Resources

No Cost Counseling for Women Business Owners

Thanks to the continued financial support by the US Small Business Administration, the Women’s Business Center of Northern Virginia assists hundreds of small and emerging businesses annually and there is no cost for our counseling services.

We help aspiring women business owners understand:

  • SBA Disaster Loan preparation
  • business planning for the future
  • marketing
  • financial forecasting
  • bookkeeping and accounting
  • registration and certifications
  • contracts and intellectual property, and
  • government contracting

If you are thinking of starting a business or have a business that has been operating less than two years, sign up for free one-on-one business planning counseling session with a WBC expert Counselor.

Women’s Business Center Sponsors

The Women’s Business Center at Community Business Partnership is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  It receives additional support from the Fairfax County Office for Children and the Supervisors of Fairfax County.

           

Women’s Business Center Supporters

The Women’s Business Center at Community Business Partnership is proud to have the support of invaluable and effective allies that help us meet our mission.


Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if request at least two weeks in advance.  For assistance, please call us at (703) 768-1440 or by email at cindy@cbponline.org

The Community Business Partnership is an equal opportunity service provider, lender, and employer.

“The CBP counselors and volunteers have been instrumental in helping me increase my knowledge and confidence in business ownership. Because of their guidance, I’ve been able to expand my practice and move into a larger facility with more employees.”


Debbie Allen, President, Premier Pediatric Therapy Source, Annandale, VA
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