Women Business Owners Resource Book

Are you starting a business or already on your own? Here is a must-have roster of women-friendly contacts

government and other funding sources as well as a job bank and information line. Also available is a national directory of more than 300 member clubs. Annual membership dues are $75.

American Woman’s Economic Development Corp.
74 Vanderbilt Ave., Suite 320 New York, NY 10169 800-222-AWED www.womenconnect.com/awed
AWED provides training courses on starting a business, growing existing businesses and accessing capital. Annual membership dues: regular member, $55; supporting member, $65 (includes benefits and one free business counseling session); and contributing member, $85 (includes two free networking events and business counseling sessions).

National Association of Women Business Owners
1100 Wayne Ave., Suite 830 Silver Spring, MD 20910 800-55-NAWBO 301-608-2596 (fax) www.nawbo.org
An organization for women entrepreneurs, NAWBO has international affiliates and supports an angel network that matches women entrepreneurs with private investors. Members can sell their products and services online through Women’s Connections (www.women connect.com). They can also post a home page on NAWBO’s Web site. Annual membership dues: emerging business owner, $50; established business owner and supporting member, $75; and sustaining member, $250 (includes voting rights, participation in congressional testimony and leadership training). There is a one-time registration fee of $25.

Association of Black Women Entrepreneurs
P.O. Box 49368 Los Angeles, CA 90049 213-624-8639
ABWE hosts bimonthly networking meetings, entrepreneurial workshops and seminars. It also publishes a quarterly newsletter and provides private consultations with industry experts on legal, financial and management issues. The membership fee is $60 annually and includes a free listing in the national quarterly newsletter. A low-cost interest lending program is also available with Founders National Bank.

Small Business Administration Office of Financial Assistance
409 Third St. SW, suite 4400 Washington, DC 20024 800-8ASK-SBA www.sba.gov/financing
The Office of Financial Assistance offers three viable options for entrepreneurs looking to start or expand their businesses. The women’s pre-qualification loan program is available to entrepreneurs seeking $50,000-$250,000 in capital. Low Doc (low documentation) loans of up to $100,000 are available through a simplified application process with an average three-day turnaround. SBA-affiliated micro loans are offered to business owners seeking $500-$25,000.

Welle Fargo Bank National Business Banking Center P.O. Box 340214 Sacramento, CA 95834-0214 800-35-WELLS, ext. 120
Wells Fargo Bank has ear-marked a hefty $10 billion in revolving and unsecured loans for women entrepreneurs for a 10-year period. Loans between $5,000 and $50,000 are available to qualifying loan candidates who’ve been in business at least three years; they must show a profit.

Women’s Enterprise Development Corp. 100 W. Broadway, Suite 500 Long Beach, CA 90802 502-983-3747 562-983-3750 (fax)
WEDC offers entrepreneurial training, hosts seminars, provides financial education and loan referral services, publishes a quarterly newsletter and offers one-on-one small business counseling. The 12-week course on starting a business costs $240; the 26-week course on managing your business, $525. Scholarships are also available.
National Federation of Black Women Business Owners

1500 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 34 Washington, DC 20005 202-833-3450 202-331-7822 (fax)
NFBWBO is a networking group that targets women entrepreneurs and corporate professionals. It hosts workshops, provides a referral service for financial assistance and publishes a quarterly newsletter. Membership dues are $100 for established women-owned businesses, $25 for start-ups,

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