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10 Helpful Resources for Women Business Owners
February 06, 2018

10 Helpful Resources for Women Business Owners

Most women business owners agree that networking, training, and community are all keys to success. Although there are many general resources available to business owners, not all are specific to women and the unique issues that they face.

In this post, we’ve compiled 10 resources for women business owners, so that you can improve your operations and grow as an entrepreneur!

The Top 10 Resources for Women Business Owners:

  1. The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

This resource is all about helping female entrepreneurs grow their companies by giving them better access to opportunities in their fields. Members can receive certifications and identify bid opportunities.

  1. The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)

The goal of WBDC is to impact the economy through supporting growth of businesses that are owned by women entrepreneurs. Aside from being women-centric, they have special resources for minority women, women with low to moderate incomes, and female veterans as well.

  1. The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

Joining a local chapter of the NAWBO can connect you with a variety of local and global resources. Members have access to entrepreneurial courses, networking events, and mentorship opportunities that will allow you to connect with other women business owners.

  1. Pathway Women’s Business Center

For women business owners who are just getting started, it can seem overwhelming to learn the ropes of entrepreneurship. Pathway Women’s Business Center offers a variety of resources like free online financial literacy classes, government contracting seminars, document templates, and marketing tips.

  1. Women’s Leadership Exchange

There are many corporations that want to support women owned businesses. Due to this, the Women’s Leadership Exchange provides a platform through their Sell2Women initiative that allows for companies to connect with women owned businesses, which benefits all parties involved.

  1. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA is considered a great resource for small business owners, but many entrepreneurs don’t realize that the SBA operates a division called the Office of Women’s Business Ownership. Within this initiative, the SBA offers over 100 women’s business centers throughout the United States with the goal of helping women business owners to overcome obstacles unique to them.

  1. Women on Business Blog

Founded in 2007, this blog is a great resource for women business owners seeking advice and entrepreneurial tips. Featuring regular posts from marketing guru Susan Gunelius, as well as guest posts from community members and women experts, this is a must-read resource you don’t want to miss out on.

  1. Women’s Net

Grants for starting or growing a women-owned business can be hard to find and qualify for. However, the goal of Women’s Net is to make it possible for women in business to jumpstart their dreams with their Amber Grant program. Each month, they provide one $500 grant. This is a great opportunity, and the application and process is fairly simple!

  1. Score

Mentorship can help a women business owner learn and grow from a more experienced entrepreneur. That’s why Score promotes their mentorship program! In addition, they have a blog, which boasts inspiring stories, cool infographics, and interactive workshops for business owners. Overall, it’s certainly a resource that you should frequently visit.

  1. Eileen Fisher

While it might seem strange that a women’s clothing company is on this list, the company does more than sell retail items – they also support women business owners. Eileen Fisher provides up to ten $100,000 grants each year to women entrepreneurs, and the company partners with Take Part to showcase women in business that inspire. Due to this, Eileen Fisher is fabulous resource for women business owners to check out.

One of the best things about these resources is that they connect women business owners who are at varying stages in their careers. Sometimes the most valuable resource of all is to know that there are other women out there who face the same obstacles, have the same questions, and who are going through the same struggles as you are.

Do you have other resource suggestions for women business owners? Let us know in the comment section below.

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