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
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
Lobbying group in Washington
Discounts on NAWBO-sponsored services such as Federal Express
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
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
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