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7 Women Business Associations to Consider Joining
January 09, 2018
7 women business associations to consider joining

7 Women Business Associations to Consider Joining

January 09, 2018
As a female business owner, it is important to build connections with like-minded professionals. If you currently don’t have a solid network of fellow female entrepreneurs, we suggest joining a business association tailored to women. Continue reading to learn about seven of the top women’s organizations, included their benefits and membership costs.

Women Business Associations

1. National Association for Women Business Owners: The National Association for Women Business Owners is one of the largest networking groups available to female entrepreneurs, with 10 million members across the U.S. The goal of this organization is to connect women entrepreneurs and educate them about business best practices. There is a modest, one-time fee of $100 to join this group, and an additional fee of $20-$30 per month depending on the type of membership you have. Once you’re a member, you’ll have unique perks such as Constant Contact tools, discounts on hotels and UPS services, and access to the eLearning series.

2. American Business Women’s Association: The American Business Women’s Association is an organization in which women of various professions connect to help each other grow both personally and professionally. In addition to online courses and webinars, there are more than 5,000 networking meetings hosted in 300 cities across the U.S. To join the American Business Women’s Association, you’ll need to pay an annual membership fee of $115, with an additional fee per local chapter. Benefits include discounts on insurance and car rentals and access to a career center, which includes resume services, career coaching, and a job posting board.

3. Women’s Business Exchange: The Women’s Business Exchange is an organization that helps women accelerate their careers. It is based in Seattle, and allows members to promote their business’s products or services at various events. In addition, the organization provides classes and leadership opportunities. To join, the annual membership fee is $250. Although a littler pricier than other organizations, members enjoy significant discounts of 35 to 45 percent on all WBE events, among other benefits.

4. National Association for Female Executives: The National Association for Female Executives is an organization inclusive of all female business professionals. There are 36 chapters across the country that provide resources in the form of education, networking and public advocacy. In addition, they host an annual leadership summit that provides training and skill building. If you’re interested in joining, the membership fee is only $39 per year!

5. Ladies America: Ladies America is a national organization of professional women with the motto “Women Helping Women.” It was established in 2005 and has over 3,000 members who are top-tier business professionals. Ladies America has seven chapters in Washington D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta, Seattle, and Albany.  As a member, you’ll be able to attend monthly social events, as well as various education seminars.

This organization’s greatest benefit is their mentorship program. The program pairs up experienced mentors with mentees looking to achieve business success. Interested in joining? The annual membership fee to join Ladies America is $90.

6. The Female Entrepreneur Association: The Female Entrepreneur Association is an online networking group that motivates women to turn their ideas into viable businesses. The benefits include weekly inspirational videos, business tips, a supportive social community, and educational courses. This diverse organization has over 5,000 members from more than 65 countries and spans across 700 industries. One of the most unique benefits they offer is the option to get matched with an accountability partner who can help you reach your professional goals. The fee to join this association is low, at $37 per month.

7. Ladies Who Launch: This organization’s goal is to inspire female entrepreneurs. It was created during a time when very little attention was being paid to women in business. This network has now grown to over 100,000 women and offers free events, workshops, and resources. An example of some of the articles you will find on this site are tips on how to brand yourself and how to gain new clients. The site also includes templates for business plans and contractor agreements. All of this is free!

Joining an Organization

Regardless of the organization you choose, joining a group of diverse female business professionals will expand your network and allow you to grow as a woman and business owner. When joining one of these organizations, the benefits you will gain far exceeds the membership costs.

If you’ve had a positive experience as a member of one of these women business associations (or one that we didn’t mention), let us know in the comment section below!

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