If you are a female small business owner, the pool of information and resources available to help you advance your business is growing, and many of these resources are available online for free.
Here is a collection of 28 resources for women in small business to explore in order to learn, grow, and develop business opportunities. The resources listed here include professional organizations, networking groups, informational websites, conferences and events, government organizations, membership clubs, and support groups.
The American Business Women’s Association brings together businesswomen of diverse occupations and provides opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.
The Center for Women’s Leadership is dedicated to empowering women leaders, at Babson College and around the world, to create value by exploring best practices for women’s leadership, and providing innovative and action-oriented programs, outreach activities, and research.
The BOSS Network is a female empowerment alliance dedicated to highlighting women and creating opportunities for growth by working toward one simple goal — to build relationships and networks that structure a foundation where women feel supported in their holistic lives.
Catalyst is the leading non-profit membership organization working globally with businesses and the professions to build inclusive workplaces and expand opportunities for women in business.
The Committee of 200 fosters, celebrates and advances women’s leadership in business by offering current leaders access to unique programming plus an unparalleled professional and personal network of their peers.
eWomenNetwork, Inc. is committed to helping women and their businesses achieve, succeed and thrive in the new economy through a loyal, dedicated community of women-owned businesses, corporate professionals and entrepreneurs who want to support and network with other dynamic women.
ForbesWoman is a website created by Forbes for today’s women in business to share ideas about work, life, balance, career, leadership, relationships, health, style, beauty, and personal finance.
FreelanceMom is a support network for women working from home, helping members locate freelance work from home jobs, providing home business ideas, and sharing Internet marketing strategies to help working moms make smart decisions in business.
Entrepreneur’s Mompreneur Center was created for mom entrepreneurs who balance work and life on a daily basis, and teaches them how to manage time, generate business ideas, balance business and family, and grow their businesses.
The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. promotes and protects the interests of women of color business owners and professionals through community service and social activism.
The National Organization of Women Business Owners is an organization that represents the interests of female entrepreneurs across all industries and leverages the nation’s wide-ranging community of entrepreneurial women into an influential voice and dynamic leadership roles.
The National Women Business Owners Corporation aims to increase competition for corporate and government contracts through implementation of a national certification program for women who own businesses — the national Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) certification program.
The National Women’s Business Council is a bi-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners.
The Office of Women’s Business Ownership establishes and oversees a network of Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) throughout the United States and its territories that offer comprehensive training and counseling on a vast array of topics to help women start and grow their own businesses.
TED, a small non-profit that provides global conferences focused on “ideas worth spreading,” has a collection of videos tagged for women that include a variety of topics that support women in small business.
The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce uses a platform of influence, innovation, and opportunity to help members grow successful businesses and careers.
WomanOwned provides the information, tools, networking opportunities and advice that have helped hundreds of thousands of women succeed in business.
Women About Biz provides a community of women interested in personal development and business growth with access to teleclasses, networking events, conferences, opportunities, and training.
Women Construction Owners and Executives is an organization that promotes the growth of female owners and executives in the construction industry through publicity, education, advocacy, and business services.
Women in Technology International is an organization developed to provide access to and support from other professional women working in all sectors of technology, empowering women in business and technology to achieve unimagined possibilities.
Women on Business provides news and information women need to be successful in the business world from today’s thought leaders.
The Women Presidents’ Organization is a non-profit membership organization for women presidents of multimillion-dollar companies.
The Women’s Business Conference is a full-day event that offers networking opportunities, business-related educational sessions for a wide range of interests and levels of experience, keynote addresses, one-on-one counseling by SBA business development specialists, industry-specific roundtable discussions, an exhibitor hall, and a networking lunch.
Women’s Business Development Center
The Women’s Business Development Center is one of the largest women’s business assistance centers in the United States, nationally and internationally recognized for responsive, innovative, and effective programs and advocacy efforts. With locations in Chicago and Philadelphia, the WBDC fosters the development and retention of successful business owners by delivering resources that enable individuals to start new businesses and grow existing businesses
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC is also the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations.
The Women’s Business Exchange empowers women to grow personally and professionally by providing opportunities for networking, professional education, leadership training, mentoring, and exposure to community issues.
The Women’s Venture Fund helps women entrepreneurs start, build and grow their own businesses by providing courses, counseling, credit, and resources.
WomenEntrepreneur.com is an online magazine that provides advice from leading female experts from across the country and supports female entrepreneurs in their business endeavors.