SMALL BUSINESS CENTER
There are a ton of programs, businesses, and organizations – both on a national level and in the tri-state area – to help women business owners address a variety of challenges when pursuing entrepreneurship. Many of these resources are free and available to anyone, while some come with requirements and/or fees.
The resources listed below include non-profits, professional organizations, social and networking groups, informational websites, and government organizations offering extensive networking and educational opportunities and business tools for women entrepreneurs.
Check out our comprehensive list of resources and challenge yourself to find at least one new opportunity to learn, connect, advance your entrepreneurial pursuits and/or grow your own small business.
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RESOURCES FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS & SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce (USWCC)
The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to “transforming the economics of the women’s market by shattering barriers that have stifled true and sustainable economic growth, directing expansive learning opportunities, and enabling 360° participation and ownership in an influential, powerful marketplace.” Yearly membership for small businesses is $195, giving the business owner access to several valuable benefits, such as health benefits and retirement planning counseling and solutions.
American Business Women’s Association (ABWA)
The American Business Women’s Association provides women business owners with a combination of professional networking, extensive education and training opportunities, and support. Basic membership currently costs $90/ year.
National Organization of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
The National Organization of Women Business Owners is a dues-based membership organization (about $150 per year in most cases) that represents the interests of women entrepreneurs throughout America. The site’s resource center has several helpful articles and links.
National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC)
The National Women Business Owners Corporation offers a national certification program for women business owners to ensure that the business is really owned and operated by one or more women.
Office of Women’s Business Ownership
The Office of Women’s Business Ownership is a program of the SBA that establishes and directs a network of Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) throughout the United States. Woman entrepreneurs can access comprehensive training and counseling to help start and grow their own businesses.
Women’s Business Exchange (WBE)
The Women’s Business Exchange is a women’s empowerment organization helping women entrepreneurs grow personally and professionally by providing opportunities for networking, professional education, leadership training, and mentoring.
Women’s Venture Fund
The Women’s Venture Fund is a non-profit organization that helps women of diverse backgrounds build and run thriving businesses in urban communities. The organization provides training, small business loans, and a network of business advisors to help women reach their business goals.
Womenetics connects and inspires women in their personal and professional lives. The site provides informative content, events and a community to help women develop business and personal relationships.
Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network
Based on a program to help lower income women start and run their own businesses, this membership organization offers numerous, helpful online resources, events, and classes. Yearly membership for a business is $50.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCES
New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce1524 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10031
Greater New York Chamber of Commerce20 West 44th Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10036
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce1120 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce25 Elm Pl, Brooklyn, New York 11201
Queens Chamber of Commerce7520 Astoria Blvd, East Elmhurst, New York 11370
Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce Inc.PO Box 365, Bellmore, NY 11710
The Business Council of Westchester800 Westchester Ave, S-310, Rye Brook, NY 10573
Staten Island Chamber of Commerce130 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10301
Bronx Chamber of Commerce1200 Waters Pl, Ste 106, Bronx, New York 10461
Chamber On-the-Go is a mobile business support program presented in partnership with the Department of Small Business Services, the NYC Council, and the five NYC Chambers of Commerce, which helps New York City small business owners like you access free services without leaving your storefront.
To see when Chamber On-the-Go will be visiting your neighborhood, please contact your local Chamber of Commerce:
Bronx Chamber of Commerce
1200 Waters Pl., Ste. 106
Bronx, NY 10461
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
1120 Avenue of Americas, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Queens Chamber of Commerce
75-20 Astoria Blvd. Suite 140
Jackson Heights, NY 11370
Staten Island Chamber of Commerce
130 Bay Street
Staten Island, New York 10301
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
335 Adams Street, Suite 2700
Brooklyn, NY 11201