Arab American Business & Professional Association

The Arab-American Business and Professional Association is proud to announce the creation of the ABPA emPOWER grant program for ambitious, aspiring female entrepreneurs looking for start-up funding for their Illinois-based businesses. There is a grant application that will require various information about the applicant’s business including proof of start-up, a description of what type of business venture the applicant is entering, and a short essay explaining why the applicant should be awarded the empower grant. “It’s time for our Arab American Women to lead from the front,” ABPA President Rush Darwish said. “There is an enormous number of talented women who simply need a boost to get their business start-up off the ground.” The ABPA emPOWER Grant is going to be the boost”. 

The grant award amount is up to $10,000 and the number of grants available per year will be determined by the help of philanthropic supporters.  ABPA will award at least two emPOWER grant recipients at the emPOWER24 Networking Event on March 6th at Alhambra Palace. Interested applicants can begin applying for the ABPA emPOWER grant from now until February 19th at