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Resources: 15 Essential Sites for Women Business Owners
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Web Sites to Aid Your Success

 I’m so excited to be joining the blogging team for the SCORE Women’s Success Blog. 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. If you need more help or assistance, here are 15 more of my favorite online resources for women entrepreneurs.

    • AllBusiness.com
      A subsidiary of D&B, AllBusiness.com is an online media and e-commerce company that operates one of the premier business sites on the Web. AllBusiness.com helps business professionals save time and money by addressing real-world business questions and presenting practical solutions. The site offers resources including how-to articles, business forms, contracts and agreements, expert advice, blogs, business news, business directory listings, product comparisons, business guides, a business association and more.
    • Center for Women’s Business Research
      The Center for Women’s Business Research provides data-driven knowledge that advances the economic, social and political impact of women business owners and their enterprises. This data driven knowledge provides the business imperative for embracing women business owners as customers, suppliers, community leaders, public policy influencers and role models for business leadership.
    • Committee of 200
      The 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.
    • ForbesWoman
      Tools to succeed for professional and executive women.

  • The Hot Mommas® Project Mission
    The Hot Mommas Project mission is to increase self-efficacy in women and girls by providing scalable, global, free access to role models online. The long-term vision is to create the world’s largest free and online case study library combining the worlds of social media, curriculum and role models in a real-time, interactive learning community.
  • NAFE
    The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) was 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
    The National Women’s Business Council is a bipartisan 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.
  • NAWBO
    The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. NAWBO values and seeks a diverse and inclusive membership.
  • OWBO
    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.
  • SBA
    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.
  • SBDCs
    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.
  • Small Biz Nation
    Part of the LinkedIn community, this new group is a valuable resource for small businesses looking to maximize their success. Here, the vast and growing LinkedIn community of small-business leaders can collaborate and share ideas, while gaining valuable insight from a variety of industry experts, as well as technology leaders HP and Intel. With special emphasis on mission-critical issues, this unique forum provides an excellent opportunity to learn helpful tips, tricks and best practices—all to keep your small business moving forward.
  • WBENC
    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.
  • WPO
    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.
Rieva LesonskyCEO, GrowBiz Media
Rieva is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a content and consulting company specializing in covering small businesses and entrepreneurship. She was formerly Editorial Director of Entrepreneur Magazine and has written several books about small business and entrepreneurship.
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Discussion (5) Comment

  1. I really appreciate having all these great resources – and annotations about them – all in one site!

    Thanks for this valuable list.

    Natalie Hill

  2. I would also add WomenEntrepreneur.com. It just won a Bizzie Award for being the best website for Women Entrepreneurs.


  3. Julie WeeksVisitor

    Three others I’d offer up for consideration as well: Count Me In and their Make Mine a Million $ Business initiative (makemineamillion.org); Women’s Leadership Exchange (womensleadershipexchange.com); and Women Impacting Public Policy (wipp.org).

  4. Caron, you are of course correct. Business.gov is a great reaource for women entrepreneurs. It was a total oversight–and I thank you for pointing it out.


  5. Caron BeesleyVisitor

    I would add to the list – Business.gov. (http://business.gov)

    Business.gov is an official site of the U.S. Small Business Administration.The site (and its user community: http://community.business.gov/bsng/) connect business owners and entrepreneurs with information and resources they need to comply with laws and regulations, and to take advantage of government programs and services to help them start, expand and run their businesses.

    It also includes essential guides on starting-up, getting financing, managing employees, marketing, taxes, loans and grants and more.

    Follow them on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/businessdotgov and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/business.gov .

 

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