Are you a woman entrepreneur with an innovative idea and the ability to scale? Are you wondering how to access resources that can help you in comprehensive ways? It can be a challenge to know where to begin in your search for funding and support. It’s important to focus on organizations that fit your unique enterprise and manner of doing things. There’s assistance out there if you know where to look. Here are a few resources to consider.
1. The SBA
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is well-known for helping women get funding and resources in the early stages of their enterprises. From SBA loans to education, mentoring to technical assistance, this government agency is a one-stop-shop for advice and empowerment. The SBA’s Women’s Business Centers help to level the playing field for enterprising females.
2. Eileen Fisher Woman-Owned Business Grant
As part of the Eileen Fisher clothing brand, the Woman-Owned Business Grant program gives support for innovative programs that positively affect women and girls, women-owned businesses, the environment, and social change. Awards have been $100,000 in past years.
3. WEConnect International
WEConnect International describes itself as an organization “connecting women’s enterprises with market opportunity.” Based in Washington, DC, it’s a membership-based, global nonprofit that connects businesses owned by women worldwide, from retailers to suppliers. It provides sophisticated services for its high-end clientele.
3. The BOSS Network
BOSS (Bringing Out Successful Sisters) is a highly regarded, cost-effective membership organization and networking platform primarily for African American women professionals and business owners. Lifetime membership is $299, with no hidden or recurring fees. It’s been named by Forbes as a Top 10 entrepreneurial website for women.
DWEN (Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network) has the tagline “Women empowering what’s next.” Its membership consists of thousands of high-achieving influential women with powerful connections. It offers plentiful networking and funding opportunities and a tiered approach to becoming a member.
Astia is a global nonprofit that identifies and invests in women-owned startups with high potential. Its review system is based on personal referrals. They screen approximately a thousand startup applications a year using an innovative, bias-free process. Astia Angels (investing), Astia Fund (financing), and Astia Edge (assistance for Black and LatinX business owners) are the three vehicles for the company.
Whether you’re exploring SBA loans or networking groups, there are plenty of useful resources to check out. Keep these options in mind as you plan.