Woman business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs have a new option for occasional office space that includes equipment, conference rooms, marketing and even the chance to seek guidance from a business counselor.
The Alaska Microenterprise Incubation Center aims to provide women who work from a home office a chance to access a private space, away from the kids and the duties at home, by offering shared-use offices.
The AMI Center is funded through a two-year, $40,000 grant from the Ms. Foundation’s Collaborative Fund for Women’s Economic Development. It is run by the YWCA Anchorage Women’s Finance program, which offers workshops, seminars and other training.
Most Women’s Finance clients are women who own small businesses, the majority of whom run their operations out of their homes. Most are single moms who don’t have much spare quiet time, often meeting clients at coffee shops.
The center aims to help primarily women, but will work with men as well. It’s designed mainly for those who already have a business set up, but are seeking privacy and guidance for how to run things more efficiently, White-Ritchie said.
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