$10 for students and $300 for women business organizations.
Enterprising Web Sites
Looking for an easy way to access information and find business contacts? Go online. To start your Web hunting, here are a few must hits:
www.bizwomen.com. Four online newsletters covering such areas as finance, technology and business. Also includes MOM. (my online mentor) program.
Sponsored by the Women’s information Exchange, this site contains a listing of all types of women’s organizations.
www.hbwm.com. Information for home-based working moms.
www.smallbizsuny.edu. Nationwide list of small business development centers.
www.irs.ustreas.gov/prod/cover.html. Official site of the Internal Revenue Service. Answers to most frequently asked questions are also posted.
www.women.com. Leading network of sites targeted to women. Includes Women’s Wire, an online publication addressing areas such as entrepreneurship, personal finance, careers and lifestyle.
www.isquare.com. Small Business Advisor Site, contains a resource list and a newsletter.
www.franchise1.com. Provides a list of trade show events, articles and a comprehensive directory of franchise companies.
www.workingsolo.com. The Web site of Terri Lonier, author of Working Solo and other small business books.
Show Me The Money!
Securing financing remains the most difficult hurdle for sister CEOs to overcome, especially when they have little or no credit history or collateral to get traditional bank loans. The following funding sources are targeted to women seeking seed money and expansion capital:
Blue Chip Venture Co.
2000 PNC Center 201 E. Fifth St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 800-775-1812 513-723-2306 (fax)
The Blue Chip Opportunity Fund invests in minority- and women-owned companies in various industries. The fund provides both start-ups and existing companies with $250,000 to $1.2 million in financing.
2049 Century Park E., Suite 1100 Los Angeles, CA 90067 800-930-3993 310-279-1979 (fax) www.womeninc.com
In addition to providing seminars, discounted services and products to business women, Women Inc. offers micro and small business loans up to $1 million. A national financial network provides funding for members. ..IA.-
Knowledge Is Power!
Reading is fundamental when it comes to any business venture. The following is a list of books on achieving business success:
The Women’s New Selling Game by Carole Hyatt, McGraw Hill; $14.95. Offers tips on how to sharpen your selling skills and gain greater responsibility and financial reward.
Business Capital for Women: An Essential Handbook for Entrepreneurs by Emily Card and Adam Miller, MacMillan; $16.95. Offers a comprehensive guide to resources available for women who are looking for money to start or expand a business.
Money Smart Secrets for the Self-Employed by Linda Stern, Random House; $20. Discusses ways to cut business costs, debt collection and other small business expenses.
The Home Office and Small Business Answer Book by Janet Attard, Henry Holt; $19.95. This reference book is in question-and-answer format. Provides information on public relations, time management and other facets of running a business.
Minding Her Own Business: The Self-Employed Woman’s Guide to Taxes and Record keeping by Jan Zobel, East Hill Press; $16.95. This guide addresses pressing tax issues from keeping track of business expenses and understanding deductible expenses to handling employees and independent contractors and filing taxes.
Mompreneurs: A Mother’s Practical Step-By-Step Guide to Work-At-Home Success by Ellen H. Parlapiano and Patricia Cobe, Berkley Books; $13. Provides