To all the ladies out there who have big dreams and goals — listen up!
Years of taking on so much have led us to believe that we have to do things on our own and that we need to be able to sort through the many hats that we wear without question.
But here’s the thing — we shouldn’t have to take on all of the overwhelming pressures of the world alone. It’s like painting your house, you could do it all on your own, but wouldn’t the process be so much easier with help from others?
Let’s take a look at some of the best organizations that will help you and your business thrive.
Kicking off the show is The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). The only dues-based organization centered around helping women all over the United States with their journeys in entrepreneurship.
Wait… you have to pay for this?
Yes! But don’t let that scare you off. NAWBO provides different packages to choose from based on your needs and where you currently stand in the business world.
11.6 million women-owned businesses are connected through NAWBO — and the best thing is that they have State by State chapters to keep people connected based on location.
Truly one of the top organizations for connections and a variety of resources.
The International Association of Women (IAW) is all about getting women in business connected to resources for professional development.
✓ Business Services
✓ Online Learning
✓ Career Fairs
✓ Job Postings
Just some of the benefits of getting involved with this group.
Wondering if you can join? IAW has three segmented chapters (Western, Central, and Eastern) as well as a global chapter for those overseas — so it’s easy for you to find your spot and get started!
The Office Of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) is a branch of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The mission statement from the SBA website states “The Office of Women’s Business Ownership’s mission is to enable and empower women entrepreneurs through advocacy, outreach, education and support.”
✓ Training Services
✓ Guided Counseling
✓ Procurement Opportunities
✓ Community Outreach
OWBO is big on diversity and helping women of all backgrounds grow successful businesses through advocacy and inclusion.
The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is a non-partisan federal advisory committee.
The really amazing thing about NWBC and its connection to government legislation is the continued representation of women in business.
According to the NWBC website “The National Women’s Business Council (“NWBC” or “Council”) was created under Title IV of H.R. 5050, the Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988, as amended (U.S.C. § 7105, et seq.). Authored by Congressman John LaFalce (D-NY) and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan, H.R. 5050 established NWBC, which operates in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).”
To this day, NWBC concentrates on providing government support for female business owners through a variety of programs, networking opportunities, and education services.
There are women everywhere looking to grow in the world of business and entrepreneurship. The best thing we can do is support one another — join groups, take classes, go to seminars, and build communities.
Let’s empower ourselves and other women to take charge and be powerful leaders in the world.
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