Are you a woman business owner looking for ways to grow your small business? Check out these 8 organizations that can help women in business.
- Count Me In: Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence provides resources, business education and community support for women seeking to grow micro-businesses into million-dollar enterprises. The organization’s three programs, Make Mine a Million $ Business™ (M3), Urban Rebound and the Women Veteran Entrepreneur Corps (WVEC), help women business owners get the tools, coaching and community they need to grow their companies using virtual tools and resources, live events and peer exchange platforms.
- eWomen Network: This organization focuses on helping women in business get more clients and customers, market themselves and their businesses, and access resources, opportunities and influential business leaders. Events are a big feature of this group, which produces over 2,000 women’s business workshops, summits and conferences annually through its 118 U.S. and Canadian chapters. Members get listed in a directory, access events and on-on-one coaching sessions, and participate in online forums and discussions.
- Ladies Who Launch: If you’re a startup, check out this organization, which has chapters in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Orange County, Salt Lake City and Southwest Connecticut as well as an online community. Ladies Who Launch’s mission is to make entrepreneurship accessible to all women and help female entrepreneurs succeed. It offers online resources as well as in-person communities including workshops and events.
- National Organization of Women Business Owners: (NAWBO): The grandmommy of women’s business organizations, NAWBO has been around since 1975. NAWBO aims to represent the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries. Promoting the advancement of women in business through changing public policy is a primary goal for the group, but members also have networking and learning opportunities through the organization’s 60 chapters nationwide, online resources and offline events and conferences.
- Women 2.0: With a goal to increase the number of women-run startups, Women 2.0 creates content, community and events for aspiring and current innovators in technology. Seeking to strengthen technology businesses by connecting, inspiring and educating the next generation of female technology leaders, Women 2.0 hosts events, meetups, pitch competitions, Google hangouts with investors and more.
- Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO): This is a nonprofit membership organization for women presidents of multimillion-dollar companies. Each chapter is moderated by a professional facilitator who owns her own business and leads a peer advisory group to help members get their companies to the next level.
- Women Who Tech: This group holds regular “telesummit” conferences that bring together women in technology to share their knowledge and experience. The goal is to provide a supportive network for women in technology by giving women a platform to share their talents, experiences, and insights. The organization is also developing a database of women tech experts who can serve as resources for the media to improve exposure of women in technology.
- Women’s Leadership Exchange: With a goal to create more women leaders in the entrepreneurial, corporate and nonprofit worlds, WLE helps provide the knowledge and connections women need to succeed. The group’s conferences feature experts, business coaches and interactive programming and are held in major markets around the U.S. There is also a website with resources, teleconferences, an enewsletter and a leadership development program.
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