For nearly two years, the Rockville Women’s Business Center has offered resources for men and women looking to launch businesses in Rockville. Now, the center is offering even more resources online through a new Web site.
“Our new and improved website includes upcoming programs at the RWBC and other sites, numerous resources on starting a business, online training, and blog articles from experts,” Lori Gillen, managing director of the Rockville Women’s Business Center, said in a news release announcing the site's launch. “We encourage both women and men to learn more about the resources, many of them free, available to them online and in our office.”
The site includes:
- News about upcoming workshops and seminars, including a free 90-minute orientation session to introduce new and experienced business owners to the programs, counseling and training available through the RWBC and other community resources. The next orientation is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 at the RWBC, which is located in REDI’s offices at 90 Monroe St., in Rockville Town Center. Click here to register.
- Resources for starting a business, including a template for writing a business plan.
- Online training, including courses in accounting and finance, college readiness, law and legal fields, technology and more. Many courses cost $99. Some cost more.
- Blog posts from business experts.
The RWBC is a program of the economic development arm of the City of Rockville. REDI houses the RWBC offices and, until recently, the RWBC's Web presence was through a link on REDI's Web site.
“This is really an opportunity for them to create an identity and have their own presence,” said Laurie M. Boyer, REDI’s executive director.
The with funding from the Citi Foundation, Montgomery County, and the City of Rockville. Since then, it has provided assistance to more than 1,000 entrepreneurs.
“It’s really pretty exciting that they’ve gotten to this point,” said Boyer, who . “They’ve got their own Web site with all this great information that is easily accessible on it.”