There are many agencies that specifically support the growth and sustainability of minority and women-owned businesses. How can women leverage being a woman-owned business?
No matter the industry or category of business you are looking to start, the decision to take the plunge can be tough, yet exhilarating. However, in today’s economic climate, there is no reason to go at it alone or start from scratch. There is an array of government agencies, private entities, and nonprofit organizations trying to bridge social and financial gaps with help directed specifically at minority women entrepreneurs. Finding the right resources takes diligence and creativity–qualities that successful business owners tend to have. The services offered are varied, and are more than sufficient to help get you on your entrepreneurial way or accelerate the growth of your business. They include:
– Small Business Administration
– Service Corp of Retired Executives
– Small Business Development Centers
– National Women’s Business Council
– Minority Business Development Agency
– Women’s Business Centers
– Certifying agencies — NMSDC, WBENC, etc.
– Supplier Diversity/MWBE (Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise) Programs–corporate, higher education, and so forth
Why is it important to support other women entrepreneurs?
The success of women entrepreneurs is one of the greatest ways to increase the investment in and the success of other women in business. As with any other community, you tend to understand and are more empathetic towards the challenges other women in business face, since they mirror your own. You can also share great resources and reciprocal support. After all, sharing and caring are in our DNA.
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Karima Mariama-Arthur, Esq. is the founder and CEO of WordSmithRapport, an international consulting firm specializing in professional development. Follow her on Twitter: @WSRapport or visit her website, WordSmithRapport.com.