The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas (WFA) is seeking candidates for the fifth Women’s Economic Mobility Hub (WEM Hub) cohort. The six-month program supports Black women-owned businesses by providing technical assistance and additional resources, including $5,000 in unrestricted grant funds, to help scale their businesses. Black female entrepreneurs interested in participating can apply at The application deadline is May 20.

“Arkansas has a wealth of talented Black women entrepreneurs poised to make significant contributions to our economy and communities,” said Anna Beth Gorman, CEO of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas. “Through the WEM Hub program, we aim to support Black women-owned businesses, particularly in underserved regions of our state. This program gives these entrepreneurs the tools, resources and networks they need to thrive.”

Through a combination of online trainings and in-person meetings, the WEM Hub offers a comprehensive support system for Black women entrepreneurs, including:

  • Technical assistance
  • $5,000 in unrestricted grant funds
  • Expert advice from industry professionals surrounding topics such as accounting and financial management, business development, legal services and more
  • Ongoing mentorship support and counsel
  • Peer-to-peer learning sessions
  • Communications, public relations and marketing training
  • Leadership skills development
  • Relationship-building opportunities with participating financial institutions

WEM Hub is supported by individual donors and organizations who are deeply invested in this mission, including Walton Family Foundation, AT&T, Entergy Arkansas, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, U.S. Bank, Bank of America, Arvest Bank and Wells Fargo.


For more information and to apply to the WEM Hub cohort, visit


About the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas

Founded in 1998, the mission of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas (WFA) is to ensure economic security for Arkansas women and girls through collaboration and focused philanthropic investment. Through grant making, research, and the Girls of Promise® and Women Empowered initiatives, the WFA is investing in real solutions that allow women and girls to move up the economic ladder and reach their fullest potential. The WFA is the only statewide foundation that focuses solely on women and girls in Arkansas. Learn more at