Knowledge is power. Here, a guide for small business owners on where to find guidance, training and financing.
ACCIONAs a leader in U.S. microfinance, Accion empowers low-to-moderate income business owners through access to capital and financial education. With economic opportunity, these entrepreneurs can build assets, better provide for their families, create employment and strengthen their communities.
ASTIAFounded in 1999 in Silicon Valley, Astia is an innovative global not-for-profit organization that propels women's full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth. Astia offers programs for high-growth startups and connects entrepreneurs to investors, industry leaders, advisors and service providers encircling the entrepreneur with a comprehensive value-ad network.
BUSINESSUSABusinessUSA is a government-sponsored online platform that is designed for businesses to more readily access the resources and financing they need in order to scale, succeed and thrive. It provides online training, mentoring opportunities and information on local workshops and networking events.
FASHION LAW INSTITUTEThe Fashion Law Institute--the world's first center dedicated to law in the fashion industry--is a nonprofit organization housed at Fordham Law. In partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America, it provides legal services for design students and professionals and offers courses in intellectual property, business and finance, ethics, international trade, and sustainability. The Institute also offers the community-at-large training opportunities, educational forums and resources for legal research relevant to the fashion industry.
GOLDEN SEEDSGolden Seeds is an investment firm dedicated to delivering above-market returns through the empowerment of women entrepreneurs and the people who invest in them. The firm also provides training in angel and venture investing through an academy consisting of over 30 educational modules. Started in 2004 and headquartered in New York, with offices in Boston and San Francisco, the firm also has investor groups in Los Angeles and Dallas.
GOLDMAN SACHS 10,000 SMALL BUSINESSESGoldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a business education program designed for established business owners with limited resources who have a company poised for growth. An applicant must demonstrate a commitment to growing their business and creating jobs within their community. In addition, businesses must be in operation for at least two years and generate revenues between $150,000 and $4 million in the most recent fiscal year.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERSThe National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) offers its members a national and local platform to engage with other women-owned businesses, leadership development opportunities and community involvement through partnerships and alliances on the corporate level.
NATIONAL WOMEN'S BUSINESS COUNCILThe National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. The Council is the government’s only independent voice for women entrepreneurs. Members are prominent women business owners and leaders of women’s business organizations.
NETWORK FOR TEACHING ENTREPRENEURSHIP (NFTE)The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) provides programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, recognize business opportunities and plan for successful futures. NFTE believes that entrepreneurship education for all youth will grow the global economy and provide opportunities for young people to own their future.
PROJECT EVEProject Eve is a social media platform for established and aspiring women entrepreneurs, offering information, advice and mentoring. It allows members to collaborate across sectors, share ideas and access support as they start and grow their businesses.
RENAISSANCE ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTERRenaissance Entrepreneurship Center is a nonprofit small business development organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area and dedicated to helping women and men who traditionally lack access to resources and information to achieve financial self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship. Renaissance provides training, support services, resources, and networks for business owners at every stage.
STARTUP AMERICAThe Startup America Partnership a nonprofit organization started to support and celebrate entrepreneurship and the growth of startup businesses in the U.S. The organization works on a locally-owned, regional basis in 22 states and the District of Columbia.
THE STORY EXCHANGEThe Story Exchange is a global video project empowering women to achieve economic independence through entrepreneurship. By telling the stories of successful women from all walks of life, The Story Exchange encourages others to create a lifestyle of their choosing and uncover their full potential. It has just launched the 1,000 Stories Campaign to make women entrepreneurs more visible in the media. Share your story of starting a business and it will appear on the website together with your company web address.
U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, WOMEN’S BUSINESS CENTER PROGRAMThe SBA’s Women’s Business Center Program is a national network of Women’s Business Centers providing business training, counseling and other resources to help women start and grow successful businesses.
U.S. WOMEN'S CHAMBER OF COMMERCEUsing a platform of influence, innovation and opportunity, the USWCC works with and for our members to grow successful businesses and careers.
WOMEN 2.0Women 2.0 is a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and established women innovators in technology. Its mission is to increase the number of women founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education.
WOMEN IMPACTING PUBLIC POLICYWomen Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) is a national nonpartisan organization which educates and advocates on the behalf of women-owned businesses in the American legislative process, creating economic opportunities and building bridges and alliances to other small business organizations. WIPP has reviewed, provided input, and taken specific positions on many economic issues and policies which affect its membership of over one million, including affordable health care, leveling the playing field for women-owned businesses, and the implementation of well-established federal law which seeks to encourage women in the marketplace, tax policies, energy, telecom, etc.
WOMEN'S INITIATIVE FOR SELF EMPLOYMENTWomen's Initiative assists high-potential low-income women who dream of business ownership. Through an intensive 20-session program — in English or Spanish — women are enabled to start or expand their business. Women's Initiative is a not-for-profit agency with a mission to build the entrepreneurial capacity of women to overcome economic and social barriers and achieve self-sufficiency.
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