Coastal Women’s Ventures


Fostering a Community of Women’s Entrepreneurship

Coastal Women’s Ventures is a collaborative program with the Carolina Small Business Development Fund focused on creating and supporting small business opportunities for women entrepreneurs through business coaching, mentoring, small business education, and connecting participants to loan capital.




CWV is a collaborative program focused on:

  • business coaching

  • mentoring

  • small business education

  • loan capital assistance

Services provided by the program support the YWCA Lower Cape Fear’s mission to empower women through economic advancement. North Carolina has ranked third for the growth of women-owned businesses over the past two decades, but still, women entrepreneurs face unique challenges in accessing capital and other resources they need to establish successful businesses.

The Carolina Small Business Development Fund (CSBDF) is a statewide, non-profit and certified Community Development Financial Institution that fosters economic development in underserved communities by providing small business loans and financial training to start up and existing businesses. Similar initiatives have successfully launched by the CSBDF across the state. Coastal Women’s Ventures is the first of its kind in Southeastern North Carolina.

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