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Finding Support & Guidance

Finding a mentor and learning how to network is critical to business success. Peer advisory groups can help you make better business decisions. As you grow your company, you'll want to tap the expertise of successful women entrepreneurs who have already navigated the entrepreneurial journey.

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Finding Support & Guidance

Finding a mentor and learning how to network is critical to business success. Peer advisory groups can help you make better business decisions. As you grow your company, you'll want to tap the expertise of successful women entrepreneurs who have already navigated the entrepreneurial journey.

Researchers say seven major cities in Texas - including Austin, pictured above - are prime for entrepreneurs looking to launch. (Credit: MaxPixel)

This is the Best State to Start Up In. These 4 Women Entrepreneurs Agree

Researchers say seven major cities in this larger-than-life state are prime for entrepreneurs looking to launch. Here are several female founders who are proving them right.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama's memoir, "Becoming," emphasizes how important mentors and strong female role models have been in her life. (Credit: Barack Obama Presidential Library)

Michelle Obama’s Record-Breaking Memoir Celebrates a Valuable Resource for Ambitious Women

Michelle Obama’s new book, “Becoming,” is flying off the proverbial shelves – and reinforcing the positive effects of having female role models to its millions of readers.

Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey - better known as Chloe x Halle - are rising stars thanks to superstar mentor Beyonce. Talk about women helping women. (Credit: Chloe x Halle Facebook page)

Chloe X Halle Went From YouTube to the Grammys, Thanks to Beyoncé

The singing sisters’ career was launched when Queen Bey herself took notice of their tight harmonies and rich vocals in their YouTube videos.

Dominique Reighard-Brooks with her mother, Dellon Reighard. Reighard-Brooks says her mother taught her invaluable lessons by setting an entrepreneurial example. (Credit: E.E. Ward)

A Top Model Turned Top Entrepreneur Reflects on 3 Lessons Her Mother Taught Her

Dominique Reighard-Brooks, once a successful model and entertainer, now co-owns moving company E.E. Ward, the oldest black-owned business in America.

From loan delays to suspended contracts, women business owners say the government shutdown is hampering business. (Credit: Andy Feliciotti on Unsplash)

What the Shutdown Means to Business Owners: ‘Time Kills Deals’

We asked women entrepreneurs how the longest government shutdown in the nation’s history is affecting their businesses.

8 Ways Women Entrepreneurs Stay Motivated on Tough Days

How to Stay Inspired When You Really Need a Boost

We asked more than 30 women entrepreneurs what they do to stay motivated in their business on those inevitable tough days. Their answers will inspire you.

Interview with Donna Karan, Urban Zen founder and fashion business legend

Donna Karan Opens Up About Fashion, Failure and the Force That Drives Her

During a recent conversation, the iconic fashion designer turned social entrepreneur urged women just starting out in business to tune in to their gifts and where they’re being guided.

How 4 Women Entrepreneurs Boosted Growth With the Help of Founder Community. (Credit: Project Entrepreneur Twitter)

How 4 Women Entrepreneurs Saved ‘6 Months of Errors’ and Scaled Their Businesses

Four participants in Rent the Runway’s accelerator, Project Entrepreneur, discuss how being connected to women mentors and cohorts gave them hope for the future, and a roadmap to growth.

Rent the Runway’s Project Entrepreneur accelerator is giving women entrepreneurs a network to fuel success. (Credit: Project Entrepreneur Facebook page)

Why Rent the Runway’s Founders Launched a Startup Accelerator for Women Entrepreneurs

The entrepreneurial duo behind the fashion startup know firsthand the importance of a strong, supportive network. Through Project Entrepreneur, they want to make sure other women have one, too.

If You’re Tired of Working From Starbucks, You Might Want to Try This Elegant Alternative Workplace

That favorite restaurant, where you’ve enjoyed dinner? It might just be the best place to do your remote work.

If you don't like networking, remember it's quality over quantity. (Credit: Rawpixel on Unsplash)

Networking Tips for Those Who Seriously Dislike Networking

How do you network if you’re an introvert, or simply quiet and reserved? Patricia Lenkov has the answer.

You Don’t Need to Go It Alone. How to Build an Advisory Board

You Don’t Need to Go It Alone. How to Build an Advisory Board

Patricia Lenkov of Agility Executive Search says outside advisors can bring your small business the experience and wisdom that you may be missing.

Springboard Enterprises trains female founders through its online accelerator, and engages them through live events. (Credit: Springboard Enterprises on Flickr)

Can’t Move for an Accelerator? Springboard Enterprises Coaches Female Founders Virtually

Online accelerator Springboard Enterprises has connected hundreds of women entrepreneurs to its network of experts who have “been there, run that.”

Participants of Techstars Austin, one of the business accelerator's 40 offerings, listen in on important startup lessons. (Credit: Rodney Martinez, Techstars Facebook page.)

Techstars Is On the Hunt for Brilliant Startups With 1 Key Trait. Do You Have It?

The Boulder, Colo.-based tech accelerator looks for all-star teams when deciding who to accept into its 40 international business programs.

A look at several organizations helping LGBT entrepreneurs find success and each other

Hand Holders and Community Builders

A look at several organizations helping LGBT entrepreneurs find success and one another.

Other Resources

The U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA has an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations through which it provides services to entrepreneurs. Women’s Business Centers are outposts of the SBA that assist women in starting and growing businesses.

National Women’s Business Council
NWBC is a non-partisan federal advisory council that provides independent advice and counsel to the president, Congress and the SBA on economic issues of importance to women business owners.

SCORE
SCORE provides workshops and mentors through more than 300 chapters in the U.S. that deploy more than 10,000 volunteers. The nonprofit is supported by the SBA and has been helping entrepreneurs for over 50 years.

National Association of Women Business Owners
NAWBO is a membership-based organization designed to support and empower women entrepreneurs through networking and resources.

Ellevate Network
Ellevate is a global professional women’s network dedicated to the economic engagement of women worldwide with more than 40 chapters It hosts educational and networking events and publishes articles online.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
Goldman Sachs’ program supports small business owners through educational partnerships with local colleges around the U.S. and U.K., with one-on-one advice from experienced business professionals and by working with mission-driven lenders to expand access to capital.

My Own Business
My Own Business is nonprofit organization that provides business courses to help aspiring entrepreneurs start companies.

WEConnect International
WEConnect is a corporate-led nonprofit that connects women business owners globally and identifies, educates, registers and certifies women-owned businesses.

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
WBENC is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and an advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs.

Women 2.0
Women 2.0 is a media company that offers content, community and city meet-ups to aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Its mission is to increase the number of female founders of tech startups.

Women in Cloud
Women in Cloud is an initiative to inspire, empower and accelerate the growth of women-led technology companies. Led by Ignite WA with partners Microsoft, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Meylah, it offers a network, summit event and accelerator.

More Resources For…

  • Future female STEM employees and entrepreneurs.
  • LGBT business owners.
  • Female entrepreneurs from minority groups, including black, Latina and Asian women.

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