SHE Matters

Our Top 5 Recommended Resources for Women-Owned Businesses

The time to finalize our New Year’s resolutions has arrived and — regardless of whether you’re an aspiring female entrepreneur or the existing owner of a women-led business — we’re willing to bet your bottom line is a part of the big picture.

What’s more, we want to see you thrive.

That’s why, if you’ve found yourself on the hunt for resources and organizations that will give you the year-end boost you need, we recommend the following five:

  1. Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO)

Having recently celebrated 30 years’ worth of business-related impact, the AEO’s vision “is for every individual in the U.S. to have access to resources and services for creating wealth, assets, and healthy communities through business ownership.”

Specifically, the AEO is focused on providing economic assistance and resources for entrepreneurs who are historically underserved, which includes many women — especially women of color. Thus, we highly recommend this organization.

  1. Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC)

The AWBC “works to secure economic justice and entrepreneurial opportunities for women by supporting and sustaining a national network of over 100 Women’s Business Centers.”

This non-profit organization assists a reported 150,000 female entrepreneurs every year. If you’re looking for mentorship or training, financing opportunities, and/or development resources, we highly recommend the AWBC.

  1. National Association of Women’s Business Owners (NAWBO)

“The National Association of Women Business Owners is an organization in the United States founded in 1975 that has the purpose of networking the approximately 10.6 million women-owned businesses,” according to the organization’s website, “so as to provide mutual support, share resources, and provide a single voice to help shape economic and public policy.”

No matter where you are located in the United States, NAWBO is there for you. With nationwide chapters that support women across all industries, you can consider this organization your “one-stop shop” for all things business development-oriented.

  1. Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO)

Created through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), “The Office of Women’s Business Ownership’s mission is to enable and empower women entrepreneurs through advocacy, outreach, education and support.”

With a particular focus on “women who are economically or socially disadvantaged,” this government-provided resource is committed to training and counseling new female entrepreneurs. Additionally, its services are offered in a variety of languages.

  1. Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

The mission of the WBENC “is to fuel economic growth globally by identifying, certifying, and facilitating the development of women-owned businesses.”

After 25 years of operation, amassing a network of over 450 organizations, and partnering with a curated 14 regional partners, the WBENC remains committed to closing the gap between women-led businesses and their male counterparts.

Last but not least, we’d be honored if you kept us in mind.

Here at Mad Men Marketing, we provide industry-leading marketing solutions to women-led businesses. What’s more, we’d love to hear your story and share it with our community!

Do you want to see your business highlighted? Or do you have someone else in mind? We’d love to know! Please reach out to us or visit our S.H.E. Matters page to send in a submission for our review, and stay tuned here for more information.