10 Must-See Resources for Women-Owned Small Businesses

Do you know, 1,821 new women-owned businesses were launched each day in the U.S. in 2018? That level of activity is creating a need for more information that can help women entrepreneurs. If you’re one of those business owners (or plan to be this year), here are 10 must-see resources to help you start or grow your business. 

Awesome Women Entrepreneurs

Looking to connect with other women entrepreneurs? Awesome Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) chapters facilitate casual, social programs where you can talk shop. Currently there are seven dues-based chapters, but AWE is looking to start one in your area. They also offer a fee-based, six-month virtual Mastermind group where you partner with six other women to work on individual business goals. And there’s free content on their podcast and blog

Ellevate

This is a membership-based organization whose offerings include in-person and online events, along with hand-picked small group networking opportunities online. But the Resources tab on its website includes a number of free tools including articles, a podcast and videos on a variety of topics. One video helps you answer the question, “What Do You Do?” That’s an important skill for business owners prospecting for new business opportunities.

Girlboss

This website targets millennial women with tools and networking opportunities to “own their futures.” Sign up for free and get content on a variety of work and lifestyle topics. The Girlboss Radio podcast interviews successful women. A recent episode features an interview with Suzy Roo on how to determine whether your startup has potential.

Ladies Who Launch

This organization seeks to empower women entrepreneurs on Main Street, not Wall Street. They sponsor worldwide events to foster local conversations so women business owners can connect and support each other as they launch their business. But you don’t have to attend an event to reap the benefits. They offer recaps and additional content on their Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

Mompreneurs Blog

Entrepreneur Magazine created their Mompreneur News Center for women entrepreneurs who seek to balance the demands of being a parent and owning a business. The blog curates content on topics like time management, work-life balance, and generating more business. One article offers productivity tips from a prolific mompreneur.

NAWBO Resources

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is a dues-based organization providing an online library for networking, best practice sharing, and education aimed at women. Included is a newsletter and information on conferences. You can try it out for free by creating a short member profile. 

NWBC Research

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is a non-partisan federal advisory committee providing independent advice and policy recommendations on economic issues. Their research reports provide insights on topics of interest to women-owned businesses. A recent one focuses on challenges and opportunities faced by women entrepreneurs in rural areas.  

Side Hustle Pro Podcast

This weekly podcast highlights black women entrepreneurs who scale their “side hustle” into a profitable business. Note: 64% of new businesses are started by women of color. A recent podcast profiled Rochelle Porter who launched her lifestyle brand specializing in responsibly made fashion and home décor, all while holding down a steady consulting business.

SBA Resources for Women-Owned Businesses 

The Small Business Administration (SBA) can help you start a new business or compete in your market for federal contracts. Local Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) provide training, counseling and funding opportunities specifically for women. Find your nearest center. There are also resources for women who identify as Native American, a veteran or LGBT.

WBENC Resources

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) facilitates the development of women-owned businesses by providing education, support and tools. For example, the WBENC blog shares best practices, entrepreneur news, success stories and links to grant opportunities. They also offer fee-based certification that provides additional benefits.

Women-owned businesses are becoming one of the fastest growing segments for small businesses. Take a look at these resources and get some ideas to charge your women entrepreneurial spirit (or forward this to your favorite women business owner).