Happy Women’s History Month! This year’s theme sheds light on all the remarkable women who provide healing and promote hope to their communities. As we continue to celebrate all the girl bosses who are pushing boundaries in all aspects of life, we want to highlight some of our own women clients and take a deep dive into what this month and theme represents.
What is the Significance of Women’s History Month?
Throughout the years, since the first Women’s History Month in 1987, we’ve used this presidential proclamation to remind ourselves of all the achievements women have accomplished and the changes they have created for our culture and society. This month is a great chance to think back on the trailblazers who have paved the way for change. Many aspects of women’s lives have changed since the first celebration, and Women’s History Month is a way to learn where it all started.
Women Providing Healing and Promoting Hope
The National Women’s History Alliance designates a theme for Women’s History Month every year. The theme for 2022 is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” It pays homage to the continuous work of caregivers and frontline workers during the ongoing pandemic. It also recognizes the many ways throughout history women from every culture have provided healing and hope. The theme was selected to remind us of the significance of healers and caregivers who continually promote and sustain hope for the future. As we continue to celebrate these women, we encourage you to show your appreciation to the women in your community who provide healing and promote hope.
5 Ways to Support Women-Owned Businesses
Supporting Women-Owned businesses is important, but how exactly can you show your support? Here are five ways you can help your favorite women entrepreneurs continue to grow and succeed.
- Share Your Network and Resources: If you hear about upcoming networking events or resources that are relevant to them, let female business owners know about them. There are many opportunities many may not be aware of, so sharing them can open many doors.
- Send Customers Their Way: You interact with your local community daily. Why not use it as an opportunity to refer your favorite women-owned businesses to those you know so they can support these female entrepreneurs and experience the quality service or products they have to offer.
- Show Your Love: Head over to Google, Yelp, and any of their social media and leave a review of your positive experience. Share them on your social media and let those in your network know all the reasons they should support them. Don’t forget to interact with them on social media!
- Shop Women-Owned: The most common way you can offer your support is by giving women-owned companies your business. Spend your money at your current favorite women-led business, or make an effort to find female-owned businesses in your community to shop from.
- Spend Time Understanding Their Challenges: What better way to offer sincere support than by understanding the challenges women entrepreneurs face and offering support that helps them. When you know about the obstacles they face while trying to start and run a business, you can create a significant impact in their life.
Women-Owned Small Businesses in Orange County and the Inland Empire
- Phoenix Nest Coaching
- A life coach that helps you gain clarity on how to overcome what is getting in the way of the joy-filled life you want
- Online Business
- J Wu Consulting
- Political consultancy working with non-profits and specializing in community engagement, voter outreach strategy, communications, and grant-writing.
- Online Business
- The Blessed Braid
- A modern Kosher bakery with traditional Jewish and contemporary baked goods
- Irvine, California
- Creative Solutions Marketing
- A marketing agency that provides graphic design, web design, branding, and printing services
- Riverside, California
- Genesis Interior Design
- Interior design with the full service of a design firm specializing in interior design, interior architecture, and FF&E procurement
- Newport Beach, California
- OC J Photography
- Capture the best memories in life with a photographer to make all your important life moments last
- On-location Based
- Anthony’s Shoe Repair – Costa Mesa
- Shoe and leather repair store that revives your well-used items to keep them looking new
- Costa Mesa, California
- All-natural moisturizers, body scrubs, and body oils to hydrate and nourish your skin from head to toe
- Online Business
- Hypnosis Care
- Provides hypnosis and reiki classes that help with relaxation techniques, coping with anxiety or pain, and more
- Riverside, California and Online
- Ideal Body and Mind Center
- Offers sauna, anti-aging, weight loss, and stress reduction programs and services to balance the body and mind
- Tustin, California
Women-Owned Business Resources
- Provides online courses for women who are looking to build and grow their business.
- Women Business Center
- Helps women succeed in business by providing training, mentoring, business development, and financing opportunities.
- Women-Owned Small Businesses Federal Contracting Program
- Women-owned businesses in WOSB and EDWOSB Federal Contracting programs will have access to the contracts set aside for them by the federal government.
- SBA Funding Programs
- The SBA provides several funding programs that women-owned businesses are encouraged to apply for.
- 8 (a) Business Development Program
- Provides a level playing field for small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people or entities.
- National Association of Women Business Owners
- A one-stop resource focused on propelling women business owners into greater economic, social, and political spheres of power worldwide.
- Office of Women Business Ownership
- Has fostered the participation of women entrepreneurs in the economy, especially those who have been historically under-served or excluded.
- National Women’s Business Council
- Prioritizes increasing access to capital, encouraging women in STEM, and identifying opportunities for rural women entrepreneurs.
- Orange County Inland Empire SBDC
You can find more business resources here!