Business Resources for Women Entrepreneurs

There are hundreds of organizations, websites, and blogs devoted specifically to helping women develop and grow a business. Whether you're looking for ideas, information on home-based businesses, start-up advice, or seed money, use the Internet to help you find what you need.

Our favorite online resources

  • National Association of Women Business Owners. Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of America's more than 10 million women-owned businesses representing the fastest growing segment of the economy.
  • Center for Women's Business Research. The Center for Women's Business Research provides data-driven knowledge that advances the economic, social and political impact of women business owners and their enterprises. This data driven knowledge provides the business imperative for embracing women business owners as customers, suppliers, community leaders, public policy influencers and role models for business leadership.
  • The Reinvention Institute. The Reinvention Institute™ is a dynamic organization devoted to helping successful professionals and companies transform their businesses, their careers, or their lives.
  • National Women's Business Council. The National Women's Business Council is a bi-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. The Council's mission is to promote bold initiatives, policies and programs designed to support women's business enterprises at all stages of development in the public and private sector marketplaces -- from start-up to success to significance.
  • Women's Business Center. The Women's Business Center is a non-profit organization established in 1995, to support entrepreneurial women as they begin and grow their businesses. The WBC grew out of a series of seminars held in the 1990s that were designed to help women start their own businesses. The WBC is physically located in Portsmouth but offers programs and services across the region of New Hampshire, northern Massachusetts and southern Maine.
  • Office of Women's Business Ownership. The Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) exists to establish and oversee a network of Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) throughout the United States and its territories. Through the management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, entrepreneurs, especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged, are offered comprehensive training and counseling on a vast array of topics in many languages to help them start and grow their own businesses.
  • Business Owner's Toolkit. With an emphasis on problem-solving dating back to 1995, Business Owner’s Toolkit® offers more than 5,000 pages of free cost-cutting tips, step-by-step checklists, real-life case studies, startup advice, and business templates to small business owners and entrepreneurs. The site also offers a monthly newsletter, up-to-date news topics, and Ask Alice!, a column that closely follows industry trends and provides trusted advice to inquiring site visitors.