The U.S. Small Business Administration wants to promote the startup and growth of women-owned businesses across the country. That’s important to women entrepreneurs, but also their communities and the broader economy, according to Erin Andrew, director of SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership. She added that SBA efforts are having tangible results in Vermont. Andrew visited Vermont in late September to talk with women business owners about what SBA is doing to help female entrepreneurs throughout the state obtain capital. She also met with Gwen Pokalo, the new director of the Vermont Women’s Business Center, which is scheduled to open a new office this month on Pine Street in Burlington.