Top 15 Essential Sites for Women Business Owners
Supporting women entrepreneurs has long been one of my passions. The SCORE website and this blog are two great resources to help you start or grow your business, here are some top 15 essential sits women business owners need to be successful.
If you need more help or assistance, here are 15 more of my favorite online resources for women entrepreneurs.
- AllBusiness.com is one of the world’s largest online resources for small businesses, providing essential tools and resources to start, grow and manage your business. The site brings you real-world expertise and practical advice, how-to articles and blogs, business and personal finance dictionaries and more. Check out the section for women in business.
- American Business Women’s Association (AWBA) offers business and professional women—both entrepreneurs and employees—resources and opportunities to grow personally and professionally. Members meet each month at more than 450 chapters nationwide to network and support each other; they also attend the National Women’s Leadership Conference each year.
- Committee of 200 (C200) is an international nonprofit organization of more than 400 of the most powerful women who own and run companies. The primary mission of C200 and its Foundation is to foster, celebrate and advance women’s leadership in business. Through targeted outreach and support to future leaders, the C200 Foundation also helps to ensure that women will continue to take ever more significant and visible leadership roles.
- Ellevate Network is a global organization that helps women in business elevate each other by providing opportunities, inspiration and education. Members include both women business owners and professional women in the workforce.
- ForbesWoman provides tools to help professional and executive women succeed, profiles of successful women in business and more.
- The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) has a rich history of providing education, networking and public advocacy to empower its members to achieve career success and financial security. Members are women executives, business owners, entrepreneurs and others who are committed to NAFE’s mission: the advancement of women in the workplace.
- National Women’s Business Council is a nonpartisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. The Council’s mission is to promote bold initiatives, policies and programs designed to support women’s business enterprises at all stages of development in the public and private sector marketplaces—from start-up to success to significance.
- The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. NAWBO values and seeks diversity and inclusion among its 10 million-plus members.
- The SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) oversees a network of Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) throughout the United States and its territories. Through the management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, entrepreneurs, especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged, are offered comprehensive training and counseling on a vast array of topics in many languages to help them start and grow their own businesses.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise, and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.
- The Office of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provides management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations. There is at least one SBDC office in every state.
- SmallBizDaily Visit my company’s blog, SmallBizDaily, to get ideas, inspiration, insights and information for small businesses, including news and tips especially for women entrepreneurs.
- The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its national standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations.
- Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) is a national, nonpartisan organization that advocates on behalf of women entrepreneurs. Its goal is to create economic opportunities for women and impact public policy. After surveying its members about their biggest concerns, WIPP relays these concerns to Congress. The group provides members with benefits such as advocacy training, assistance getting federal contracts, educational opportunities and access to events.
- The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) is a nonprofit membership organization for women presidents of multimillion-dollar companies. Members of the WPO meet monthly to take part in advisory groups and grow their businesses to the next level. There are 82 active chapters across the U.S. and in Canada; women can also join as at-large members.
Of course, SCORE is one of the most useful resources I know for any business owner. Whether you’re in the startup or growth phase, SCORE mentors can provide free, expert business consulting and advice to help you get to the next level. Check out Apple Capital Group’s monthly workshops on eventbright or meetup.