Resources for Women Entrepreneurs

SCORE has assembled this list of hotlinks to useful Web sites for women entrepreneurs.

Alliance of Business Women International
ABWI is a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 to encourage and support businesswomen involved or interested in international trade opportunities.

American Business Women’s Association
ABWA’s mission is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.

Association for Enterprise Opportunity  (AEO)
AEO provide entrepreneurs with training and technical assistance, micro-loans, access to market services and training, and/or economic literacy and asset development services.

Association of Women's Business Centers (AWBC)
The AWBC supports entrepreneurship among women as a way to achieve economic self-sufficiency, create wealth and participate in economic development through education, training, mentoring, business development and financing opportunities.

Athena Foundation

The Athena Foundation pairs woman-owned businesses with a group of local mentors who serve as a panel of advisors. Advisors work with business owners for one year, free of charge.

Business Utility Zone Gateway (BuzGate)
The site has a section devoted to supporting women’s efforts in starting, growing and succeeding in business.  They offer free online tools and a virtual business incubator.

Center for Women’s Business Research
The Center for Women's Business Research provides groundbreaking research to document the economic and social contributions of women-owned firms, as well as consulting and public relations services to maximize the benefits of that knowledge.

Center for Women and Enterprise: Community Entrepreneurs Program
The Center for Women and Enterprise’s Community Entrepreneurs Program is an entrepreneurship training program designed for women who intend to start their own business to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Committee of 200
The mission of the Committee of 200 is to exemplify and promote entrepreneurship and corporate leadership among women.  Each member has attained or exceeded a specific level of success tied to revenues and industry recognition.

Count Me In
Count Me In champions the cause of women's economic independence by providing access to business loans, consultation and education.

Digital Women

Digital Women is an international online community for women who are looking for a place to gather free resources, business tips, home business ideas, and a place to network.

Direct Selling Women's Association
The Direct Selling Women's Association is an international association that works to unite direct sellers around a shared vision of personal and financial success.
eWomen Network is a membership-based women's networking organization in North America whose mission is to help women and their businesses succeed.

Franchise Solutions for Women
A resource for women interested in buying their own business or franchise. The site includes interviews with women franchise owners.

Home-Based Working Moms

Home-Based Working Moms is a professional association and online community of parents who work at home and those who aspire to do so.

Inc. Life Resources
In addition to providing resources and information on business and corporate life, Inc.’s Life Resource Center also focuses on the home-based entrepreneur and offers articles and tools on how to balance the demands of work and home.

Inc. Women In Business
Inc.’s Women in Business section provides advice and resources for woman-owned businesses, home businesses and female company leaders.

KeyBank's Small Business Services for Women is dedicated to female business owners and provides information on how to secure funding, forecast sales and manage accounts payable.

Ladies Who Launch is a diverse community of entrepreneurial women in various fields who find community, inspiration and support from Ladies Who Launch both online and through events and Incubators across the US and Canada.

Make Mine A Million $ Business Program
The program provides a combination of money, mentoring and marketing tools that women entrepreneurs need to help grow their businesses to a million dollars in revenue and beyond.

Mom Inventors

Mom Inventors was founded to facilitate all stages of the invention process for female entrepreneurs. On their Web site, they offer tools and resources to guide and inspire entrepreneurial success. They also maintain an online store.

Text Box: Mompreneurs Online
Mompreneurs Online offers business ideas, strategies and networking opportunities for work-at-home moms.

National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)
NAFE provides resources and services to women through education, networking and public policy.

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

NAWBO is a membership organization that provides resources and networking opportunities for women in business.

National Women Business Owners Corporation
A national not-for-profit corporation, NWBOC was established to increase competition for corporate and government contracts through implementation of an economic development strategy for women business owners.

National Women's Business Council (NWBC)
The NWBC is a bi-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations. The Council's mission is to promote policies and programs designed to support women's business enterprises.

Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT)

OWIT is a nonprofit, professional organization designed to promote women doing business in international trade by providing networking and educational opportunities.

Rich Woman

Rich Woman is devoted to increasing financial freedom by promoting entrepreneurial education and financial literacy among women.  The site includes investment advice, forums, blogs, articles, networking opportunities and other resources.

Springboard Enterprises
Springboard Enterprises is a nonprofit that aims to increase women business owners' participation in equity capital markets. Springboard offers education, mentoring programs and connections with investors and business development professionals.

United States Women’s Chamber of Commerce

As the strategic force of the Women's Ownership Movement, the USWCC was established to amplify the economic opportunities and impact of women.

WebMomz is an online resource dedicated to empowering women in the areas of business, personal growth and family life.
This site provides business information and networking assistance, as well as a number of tools and resources for female entrepreneurs. The site also includes a search engine of women business owners from numerous countries and industries.
Formerly known as Women Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century, is a federal, one-stop shop for information and resources.

Women Entrepreneur

An online division of Entrepreneur magazine, Women Entrepreneur provides a wealth of information, advice and resources specifically for businesswomen. 

Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)
Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) is a national bi-partisan public policy organization representing more than 500,000 women in business (and women business owners) nationwide.

Women Presidents' Organization
Women Presidents' Organization (WPO) is for women whose businesses annually gross over two million dollars. The organization has forty-nine chapters in thirty-six cities throughout the U.S.
Womensbiz is a free online magazine for women in all stages and types of business.

Women’s Business Center

Each center provides assistance and training in finance, management, marketing, and procurement.  They also address topics such as home-based businesses and many are intermediaries for the SBA’s micro-loans and loan prequalification programs.

Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
WBENC is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for women's business enterprises in America's major business markets.

Women’s Venture Fund
The Women’s Venture Fund is a nonprofit organization that offers entrepreneurial skills training, small business loans and a network of business advisors to women of diverse backgrounds in order to establish thriving businesses in urban communities.

Working Mother
The online version of Working Mother magazine covers work and life issues important to career-committed mothers.  The site also provides resources and information for female entrepreneurs and has a Franchise Guide.

World Association for Women Entrepreneurs (Le Femme de Chefs de Enterprise Mondiales, FCEM)
FCEM is nonprofit, non-governmental organization whose keys goals are to create awareness and reinforce the visibility of female business owners, foster professional growth and promote solidarity among female entrepreneurs worldwide.