The Womens Business Border Center (WBBC) is the first Center
to be co-located with a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in the United
State. The Womens Business Border Center is partially funded
by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Office
of Womens Business Ownership (OWBO).
The Womens Business Border Center provides instrumental information,
training, individual counseling and opportunities for women interested
in starting or expanding their business. The WBBC creates opportunities
for women who want to access information, personal guidance and
insight into business-management skills.
The center provides assistance and/or training in finance, management,
marketing, procurement and the Internet as well as addressing specialized
topics such as home-based businesses, corporate executive downsizing
The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recognized the growing
market need for business services for Hispanas (Latinas) due to
El Pasos predominantly Hispanic population and the significant
shift in the regional economic base due to NAFTA. The phenomenal
growth of Latina-owned firms, the unique cultural aspects of this
group of entrepreneurs and the historically low level of business
loans to women on the Texas-Mexico border led the Chamber to establish
the Womens Border Business Center (Mujeres sin Fronteras),
or WBBC, to capture this market niche and further the goals and
mission of the Chamber.