WEB NB Entrepreneur program kicks off during Small Business week

NEW BEDFORD - A pilot business incubator program cohort of fourteen female owned and led businesses kicked off during Small Business Week. WomEntrepreneurship and Business New Bedford (WEB NB) kicked off at the South Coast Chamber of Commerce Women's Forum, held on Wednesday, May 2 at the Rosebrook Conference Center in Wareham. 

WEB NB is a multi-partner effort focused on providing women and minorities who live and work in the City of New Bedford with a cohort of other entrepreneurs and business owners who are seeking to start or grow their business on the South Coast.

The businesses range from a start-up Soul Food restaurant, a home remodeling company, a delivery service, and a women's empowerment platform. The cohort is broadly diverse with participants from a variety of backgrounds and cultures including women of Cape Verdean, African-American, Native American and Latin heritage. More than 75% of the participants are minority-owned businesses.

The businesses will receive free technical assistance from partners including the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Community Economic Development Council (CEDC), New Bedford Economic Development Council (EDC), and EForAll, as well as support from other partners. Additionally, each participant will receive 6 free credits from the Bristol Community College (BCC) Small Business and Entrepreneurial Management certificate and the BCC Academic Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE). At the conclusion of WEB NB, each business will receive $1,000 in seed funding for their business. 

The program is funded through the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development's Urban Agenda grant program. 

In addition to providing start-up and growing assistance to businesses, an entrepreneurial guide of available services on the South Coast will be written and available in December 2018.

For more information on WEB NB visit the website gnbwib.org/webnewbedford or contact K. Holloway Cripps directly at kcripps@gnbwib.org.