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A Business and Development Guide for Female Entrepreneurs

Women own about 25% of all small businesses, and that market share is growing. Women-led companies experienced a growth rate of more than 16% between 2010 and 2019, versus a growth rate of only about 5% for companies led by men. Women start businesses for the same reason anyone else does: They want to fulfill their vision and have autonomy over their work. However, women are more likely to start a business based on an idea, skill, or hobby they are passionate about. Women face unique challenges when starting their own company, but there are also a wealth of resources designed to help women build a successful business.

Women's Business Resources

  • Association of Women's Business Centers (AWBC): The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) partners with this nonprofit to operate more than 100 Women's Business Centers around the country to support female entrepreneurs.
  • Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE): Women in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont can turn to this organization for support, including microloans, for starting or growing their businesses.
  • The International Association of Women (IAW): Professional development is vital for anyone interested in growing their career or business, and this organization offers a plethora of resources and opportunities.
  • Ladies Who Launch: Digital platforms offer the chance for women entrepreneurs to network with each other no matter where they are located, and this organization harnesses that power.
  • National Association of Mom Entrepreneurs: Moms sometimes need extra support as they start a business while also balancing raising a family, and this organization works to provide that support and understanding.
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO): Founded in 1975, this organization offers a variety of resources as well as both in-person and virtual events to help female business owners thrive.
  • National Women's Business Council (NWBC): The mission of this organization is to advocate for female business owners. They lobby Congress, work with the Small Business Association, and also offer webinars for entrepreneurs.
  • National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC): Some opportunities are only available to women-owned or minority-owned businesses. The NWBOC offers certifications that a business is woman-owned, which is a necessary component for applying for some contracts and grants.

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Business Finances

Miscellaneous Business Resources

  • WBENC Annual Conference: The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) puts on an annual conference that provides educational opportunities for entrepreneurs along with networking opportunities.
  • U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce: The U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce advocates for women-owned businesses and offers a certification accepted by federal contractors.
  • Milestone Circles: This program is designed to help potential entrepreneurs hone their business plans and grow their network.
  • How to Do Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses: Being able to market your business on social media is an essential part of any successful business.

Nandana Guda

Nandana is a digital marketing professional with over nine years of experience working in the SaaS and higher education industries. She is based in Melbourne, Australia and works for Qualtrics Asia Pacific & Japan, focusing on digital campaigns and the company websites for the region.

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