Being a woman in business is always inspiring. It’s exciting, empowering, and a way to build the life you’ve always wanted. Yet, it can still come with its challenges. Luckily, this is where resources for female entrepreneurs come in.
When you’re working for yourself, it’s such a relief to know that you’re not alone. Knowing that there are groups, organisations and websites to support you is empowering. So if you’re reading to take your business to the next level, these ideas are what you’ll want to turn to.
The Small Business Administration is a leading organisation in the USA that offers a wealth of support for startups and small businesses. The SBA provides funding resources, learning tools, and mentorship options. The Women’s Business Center is an integral part of the SBA, made up of one hundred centres all over America. SBA centres provide an eclectic mix of advice and resources for female entrepreneurs to help them thrive, grow, and blossom.
NAWBO has supported aspiring and established female entrepreneurs for over 40 years. The organization has chapters all across the US. Each chapter works as a networking facility and centre. NAWBO hosts a variety of different events throughout the year. Currently, all of these events are hosted virtually. Event themes include the NAWBO Virtual Leadership Academy and Leading Your Business Through Change & Uncertainty.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women is a thriving network of over one hundred academic and non-profit centres. In collaboration with IFC, the Goldman Sachs Foundation donates $600 million to support aspiring female business leaders. They regularly support women from a diverse range of countries, from Egypt to India with their academic and non-profit partners. And over 30 of the world’s leading business schools have been a part of the 10,000 Women program.
SCORE is an organisation made up of business experts and volunteer mentors. They have one core goal – to help start-ups and small businesses to achieve their dreams. SCORE provides excellent mentoring opportunities by pairing aspiring entrepreneurs with established business experts. Their full range of services can be accessed online. Besides mentoring, SCORE hosts webinars and provides a rich library of resources for female entrepreneurs.
Female Founder Stories is made up of interviews and insights from the YCombinator alumni. YCombinator offers funding options to support women in business. Find a plethora of aspiring tales from female founders on their site along with support with finding new investors for your business. There’s nothing like success stories from women who have been there to inspire you and encourage your own drive to succeed too!
And some final food for thought before you go. Don't forget about your very own resource – your website.
We live in a very digital-driven world. Your website is the essence of who you are in business. And so, you’ll want to make sure it’s as strong as it can be. Working on the user experience, with someone like click4assistance.co.uk, and adding in customer service chats can be perfect for you here. Because a chic and well thought out website could be all it takes to help your bloom in the business world.
What resources do you turn to as a woman in business? Do you have any favourites? Share your recommendations with the SOCIÉTÉ community in the comments below.