Women who want to start a business for themselves sometimes feel they have no support. The truth, however, is that there are tons of resources and lots of support out there for women business owners. The key is knowing how to find them. Following is a list specific and general resources for women owned businesses.
Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA is an excellent resource for all small business owners, including women who are starting or have already started their own business. Not only do they help participating lenders offer loans for women business owners, but they also run the Office of Women’s Business Ownership which offers additional support.
The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) boasts 7.000 members and 80 U.S. chapters as of 2010. They endeavor to support issues of public policy that affect women business owners and to ensure the voices of women in business are heard.
The Women’s Small Business Association (WSBA) helps women develop the knowledge and skills needed for success as an entrepreneur.
There are many lenders out there that offer loans for women business owners. They offer special lending programs designed specifically for women in business, and of course women are eligible to apply for regular small business loans as well. Biz2Credit has a network of over 1,200 lenders that offer various types of small business financing to all types of business owners.
On Thursday, March 6, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET, Biz2Credit will present The Venus and Mars of Small Business Finance, a webinar focusing on topics such as business formation, raising capital, and other small business topics. Free registration here.