A business guide for Black women: looking to start your own business? Here is a must-have list of people to contact for money, technical assistance and sisterly advice.

Author:Shakespeare, Tonia L.
Position:Business information services - The Rise of the Black Woman Entrepreneur - Cover Story - Directory

Looking to start your own business? Here is a must-have list of people to contact for money, technical assistance and sisterly advice.

ANYONE WHO'S EVER TRIED IT KNOWS THAT starting a business is no easy task. It requires an enormous amount of dedication, discipline and due diligence--not to mention money, time and energy. What keeps the successful going is the knowledge that the payoff can be enormous.

Unfortunately, too many women have their efforts thwarted by inexperience, poor planning and/or a lack of financing. Here is a list of essentials that will help you from becoming one of those casualties. This resource list includes books, organizations, financial institutions and technology vehicles, all geared to advancing the entrepreneurial empowerment of women.


Top Entrepreneurial Organizations

These organizations will help you gain knowledge, increase your collective buying power and strengthen your relationships with other businesswomen. They offer an array of services from entrepreneurial workshops to loans by mail, and can provide you and your company with a number of cost-saving benefits.

National Association of Black Women Entrepreneurs Inc., P.O. Box 1375, Detroit, MI 48231; 810-356-3686; fax: 810-354-3793

Business workshops

Information services

Franchise opportunities

NABWE newsletter

National conference, Oct. 18-20

National Association of Women Business Owners, 1100 Wayne Ave., Suite 830, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 301-608-2590; fax: 301-608-2590

Monthly meetings

Lobbying group in Washington

Discounts on NAWBO-sponsored services such as Federal Express

Bimonthly newsletter

Membership directory

Research foundation

50 U.S. chapters and 33 international association affiliates

National Association for Female Executives, 30 Irving Pl., 5th Fl., New York, NY 10003; 212-477-2200

Group medical insurance coverage

Discounted hotel and long-distance telephone services

Loans by mail

Subscription to Executive Female

Access to NAFE Business Basics Program 200 local chapter affiliates

American Woman's Economic Development Corp., 71 Vanderbilt Ave., Suite 320, New York, NY 10169; 212-692-9100

Entrepreneurial training

Business workshops

Seminars held in New York and Los Angeles chapters

Women's Business Development Center, 8 S. Michigan, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60603; 312-853-3477; fax: 312-853-0145

Individualized consulting

Business training

Loan assistance

10th Annual Entrepreneurial Woman's Conference, Sept. 12

Business and Professional Women/USA, BPW/USA Membership Activation Dept., 2012 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-293-1100; fax: 202-861-0298


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