SBA Celebrates National Women’s Small Business Month

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is celebrating October as National Women’s Small Business Month by highlighting the accomplishments and challenges women face.

In recognition of this month, SBA Administrator Linda McMahon has written on the organization’s site on the entrepreneurial spirit of women. In particular, McMahon has highlighted April Lukasik, who started a childcare center after the birth of her second child.

The SBA played a great role in making Lukasik’s dream come true by providing the financing she needed for her business. That was 1997, today Lukasik has four Bright & Early Children’s Learning Centers and she was recently named the 2018 Connecticut Small Business Person of the Year.

Financing is one of the biggest challenges women face when they decide to open a business, which was pointed out by Lukasik in the blog. She said, “Without the SBA, I absolutely would not have been able to build the business I have.

She added, “They were the only place I could find to lend me money with no experience and no real estate capital, and they took a chance on me. Twenty years later, I’m so grateful for the opportunity and the faith the SBA has had in me.”

Today Lukasik’s company employs 70 people with full-time jobs, while at the same time providing a valuable service in her community. And it all started with the resources the SBA offers women.