SomerCor and NAWBO Chicago Collaborate to Empower Women Entrepreneurs

SomerCor is proud to announce the re-launch of a collaboration with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) – Chicago Chapter. Formed in 1978, it is the largest of NAWBO’s U.S. chapters – serving as the unified voice of all female entrepreneurs and representing businesses in all major industrial, service, and retail sectors.

Access to capital remains a critical issue for all entrepreneurs. NAWBO’s own public policy survey found nearly two-thirds of members rated access to capital to be a very, or an extremely important, issue. As a nonprofit, Small Business Administration (SBA) certified lender, SomerCor is a natural fit to support NAWBO Chicago members with their capital needs. 

“Working with NAWBO Chicago helps expand SomerCor’s footprint in a committed effort to be a resource for women small business owners,” said SomerCor President and CEO, Manuel Flores. “This spring we are excited to host a new three-part education series to empower women entrepreneurs as they seek and plan how to use capital for their businesses in growth mode.”

Women-owned businesses generate $1.8 trillion in sales each year, and they employ over 10.1 million workers. When women have the resources they need to grow their businesses, there is a tremendous ripple effect in the communities they serve,” explained NAWBO Chicago Executive Director, Melissa Lagowski. “Connecting women business owners with the programs available through SomerCor help more businesses grow and expand. Quite simply, everybody wins.”

For more information about the SBA 504 loan program and other small business financing tools offered by SomerCor, contact Elisabeth Williams at (312) 360-3302 /

About SomerCor

SomerCor is a non-profit lender, certified by the Small Business Administration, that specializes in originating and servicing SBA 504 loans. Since its founding in 1992, SomerCor has funded over 2550 loans with a total volume of $1.58 billion. SomerCor also administers the Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) and Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) grants for the city of Chicago.


Download the program flyer and connect with a member of SomerCor’s loan origination team to learn more about how the SBA 504 loan program supports improved cash flow for small businesses.

Margaret Griffin

EVP, Chief Lending Officer

Eric Bacon

SVP, Loan Officer

Darin Gehrke

SVP, Loan Officer

Elisabeth Williams

SVP, Loan Officer