If you’re a female small business owner, you can never have too many resources. You may need help starting your business, a way to network, a place to get advice, or maybe you’re already a business owner looking for a place to grow and get support. Luckily, there are many resources online that you can benefit, learn, and grow from. These resources can allow you to learn so much and grow your business and network.
We’ve put together a few of the resources that we think you and your business might benefit from the most.
Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration has a great list of resources itself. They also offer guides and programs that are designed specifically for women business owners. From free business counseling to SBA guaranteed business loans (along with home and business disaster loans), they provide so many useful resources to help you plan, launch, manage and ultimately grow your business.
Forbes Women is a branch of Forbes geared towards women business owners and topics most relevant to them. The site allows women to share their ideas, their work, things about their life, leadership, relationships, and more.
National Association of Women Business Owners
Founded in 1975, The National Association of Women Business Owners, or NAWBO, is the unified voice of over 10 million women-owned businesses in the United States. They offer a number of benefits to their members, including an online member directory, access to their website (which includes resources for building a national network, connecting with peers, and tapping into valuable resources to help your business), events, and more.
eWomen Network Inc.
Their mission statement says it all “help one million women entrepreneurs each achieve one million dollars in annual revenue.”
eWoman Network Inc. is a community of entrepreneurs and corporate professionals who support one another, network, and help each other grow. They have local chapters, host events, and even have a podcast.
Catalyst is a global nonprofit that works with some of the most powerful CEOs (and leading companies) to build workplaces for women. They have pioneering research, practical tools, and proven solutions to “remove barriers and drive change.”
Ultimately, their goal is to grow opportunities for women in business.
Female Founders Association
The Female Founders Association built a network to help with the development of female entrepreneurs and business owners. They have an active community of support with chapters that host meetings and events.
National Women’s Business Council
The National Women’s Business Council advises on issues of impact and importance to women entrepreneurs and business owners via data, engagement, and news. The council hosts events, accelerators, business competitions, conferences, and executive education and training programs.
There are, of course, many other resources for entrepreneurs and female small business owners, but these are just a few of our favorite ones! Through all of these programs, you can learn, network, grow your business, and find a community of supportive females.
If you are still trying to get your feet off the ground, there are also a ton of grants specifically for women business owners! You can find them here and then, let us know your thoughts, questions, and tips below!
Alyson Pittman is a contributing writer for WBD and a JR marketing associate for Excite Creative Studios, an Atlanta-based creative agency.
Alyson graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. She was in multiple organizations at KSU where she held leadership positions. As a part of the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, Alyson held the Social Coordinator position and planned/promoted large events.