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The Coca-Cola Company's 5 by 20 Initiative
About the 5by20 Initiative: The Coca-Cola Company strives to economically empower 5 million women by 2020. Its Supplier Training and Empowerment Program (STEP) features online assessment to help you if you want to do business with The Coca-Cola Company as an entrepreneur or expand your current business. http://supplierdiversity.coke.com/SitePages/5by20.aspx
Additional Tools and Resources:
- Small Business Association
- SBA - Local Offices & Assistance
- SCORE: 12 Steps to Starting A Restaurant
- SCORE: Business Planning & Financial Statement Templates
- MIT 100K Competition
- Forbes List of Biggest Small Business Competitions
- How to Value a Business
- Minority and Women Owned Business - MWBE.com
- The 25 Tools Every Entrepreneur Should Know About
- 400 Awesome Free Things for Entrepreneurs
Funding Resources for 2019
As the largest independent startup community, Startup Grind actively supports and connects over 2,000,000 entrepreneurs in more than 600 chapters. By offering education, inspirational encouragement, media, networking opportunities and access to funding, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs across the globe build their businesses.
Pipeline Angels is a company with a deep passion to increase the number of women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs. Pipeline Angel’s commitment to expand and diversify angel investing has been successful. Since 2011, hundreds of graduates from the company’s Angel Investor Bootcamp have made investments of over $6 million in 70 companies through their Pitch Summit process. Pipeline is currently accepting applications for support.
Create & Cultivate
Create & Cultivate is an online platform and offline conference for women looking to create & cultivate the career of their dreams. Create & Cultivate facilitates a year-round conversation on the challenges facing today’s employment ad business challenges through their online platform. Through their hugely popular conferences held around the country, Create & Cultivate gathers the next generation of entrepreneurs and bosses to spark conversation around such topics as building a business to raising capital. These gatherings also provide unique networking opportunities, insightful workshops, and mentor sessions. Included among the A list conference speakers are Martha Stewart, Kim Kardashian, Issa Rae, Gloria Steinem and many more.
*Ladies Who Launch
Ladies Who Launch was founded with the mission to celebrate and empower women entrepreneurs on Main Street versus Wall Street. Their sole intention is to provide inspiration and advice to women entrepreneurs. From templates for business and marketing plans to free advice and inspiring stories of other female entrepreneurs, Ladies Who Launch provides inspiration as well as practical advice to women entrepreneurs.
BusinessUSA's mission is to help small businesses and exporters navigate the world of Government regulations by connecting them to services and relevant information. The organization special support programs for women-owned businesses, including specialized certification courses for businesses that show at least 51% female ownership, are just some of the resources provided. bUSA can also help you find the cash for inventory, equipment, marketing, plus more.
As the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, SCORE is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. With unique programs for women seeking to kick start their businesses, SCORE specializes in providing education and mentoring to entrepreneurs.
*Goldman Sachs 10000 Women
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative is a global initiative that fosters economic growth by providing women entrepreneurs around the world with a business and management education, mentoring and networking, and access to capital. Through Goldman Sachs’ Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility, the Goldman Sachs Foundation, IFC, and other investors contribute up to $600 million to enable approximately 100,000 women entrepreneurs to access capital.
*Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration in partnership with the Office of Women's Business Ownership and other organizations strives to provide the best possible resources to women entrepreneurs who are interested in starting a business, applying for a business loan, finding government contracting opportunities, or expanding an existing business.
The National Association for Female Executives has women executives, professionals and business owners as members that carry forward NAFE's mission- to provide the best resources, advocacy and networking opportunities to help other women advance in business.
The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) has emerged as a thought leader on women's business issues. It is committed to strengthening the wealth-creating capacity of women with the help of strategic partnerships with corporate partners and other non-profit organizations and public policy advocacy.
The Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) is a national non-profit organization founded to secure economic justice and entrepreneurial opportunities for women by supporting and sustaining a national network of over 100 Women’s Business Centers (WBC). WBCs help women succeed in business by providing training, mentoring, business development and financing opportunities to over 140,000 women entrepreneurs each year in every state in the union.
Established in May 1997, WomanOwned.com has grown to serve over 3.5 million women business owners from around the world. Woman Owned provides online business information and networking assistance as well as a number of resources for setting up, running, and growing businesses.
With a mission to build a better future where access to capital is simple, transparent and fair, Bond Street brings a comprehensive collection of resources that offer support specifically for women entrepreneurs in the form of investment, community support or professional advice. Standing on the belief that Entrepreneurs are the foundation for growth in our economy, Bond Street operates the Small Business Resource Center – A comprehensive gathering to help you make more informed decisions about growing your small business.
*Women's Business Development Council
The mission of the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) is to support economic prosperity for women and strengthen communities through entrepreneurial and financial education services that create and grow sustainable jobs and businesses across Connecticut. From starting or growing a business to increasing income, the Women’s Business Development Council drives business success by providing a strong foundation to women-owned businesses by coaching and counseling women on their financial needs through their seminars and long-term financial coaching.
*Million Dollar Women
Million Dollar Women (MDW), has a mission of helping one million women get to $1M in revenues. To achieve this, MDW offers an online business program, the MDW Masterclass, and the annual Million Dollar Women Summit for 200 high-growth women entrepreneurs in New York City. MDW founder, Julia Pimsleur is the author of the best-selling book Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big.
*Women Startup Lab
Women Startup Lab started as an interest group in and quickly grew into an accelerator focused on supporting female entrepreneurs who have a bold vision to lead the wave of innovation and change that is required for growth and competitiveness in today’s economy. With a focus on CEO development, transformative coaching & company growth, the Women Startup Lab has an active global community of over 20,000 women entrepreneurs, investors, industry experts and active supporters.
Y Combinator is an accelerator that helps startups with seed funding by helping them find investors and sometimes even acquirers the startups once they are ready to move on to the next stage of funding. The process provides an opportunity for the startups to move to Silicon Valley for 3 months, during which time, they work intensively to get the company into the best possible shape and refine their pitch to investors. Each cycle culminates in Demo Day when the startups present their companies to a carefully selected, invite-only audience. Regardless of the outcome, the Y Combinator alumni network continues to help participating entrepreneurs for the life of their company, and beyond.
The Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) is a nationally recognized leader in the field of women’s economic development, founded to provide programs and services women-owned businesses. The WBDC serves clients by providing technical assistance, financial support and various customized business development services. Since inception, the WBDC has served over 85,000 women, held more than 13,000 entrepreneurial training workshops, secured over $82 million in financing, and facilitated more than $1 billion in government and corporate contracts.
Chic CEO is a trusted online resource for women entrepreneurs that provide information on practical how-tos, tools, techniques and a networking community designed to inspire women entrepreneurs. With over 100,000 women subscribers, Chic CEO is spreading the female entrepreneurship message on a national level.
Founded in Silicon Valley in 1999, Astia focuses on providing capital, support, connections and guidance to highly innovative, women-led ventures around the globe. Astia’s model provides unparalleled access to capital and advice at all stages of growth through to exit.
Detroit Kitchen Connect
Detroit Kitchen Connect is an Eastern Market Corporation program that supports a diverse group of entrepreneurs doing what they love and contributing to Detroit’s growing good food system. In collaboration with local partners, Detroit Kitchen Connect seeks to make kitchens more accessible and turn neighborhoods into food entrepreneurship hubs. This is made possible through technical assistance, workshops, and other startup services.
BLUE1647(TM) is an award-winning network of education and technology innovation platforms that foster economic development in technology and 21st Century skills through people development, workforce development and Business Acceleration. As a beacon of resource, BLUE1647 provides impactful individuals the resources to realize their ideas for a better world. The BLUE1647 community is a vibrant example of how creative professionals, entrepreneurs, change-makers, and nonprofits can come together to make a meaningful, lasting impact.
LACI has a mission to empower startups, convene partnerships, and build community by unlocking innovation, transforming markets with partnerships and enhancing community networks inside our campus and out in our neighborhoods.
37 Angels is a community of women investors with the mission to educate early-stage investors and train more women to become investors. Founded by longtime entrepreneur, Columbia business school adjunct professor and Pipeline alumna Angela Lee, 37 Angels offers investor bootcamps (both online and in NYC) to learn the art of angel investing. And, female (and male) founders can apply for a chance to pitch the 37 angels network in NYC.
Digital Undivided leads high potential Black and Latinx women founders through the startup pipeline. Programs include various networking events and a 26-week incubator program known as #ProjectDiane - a research initiative focused on women of color and tech entrepreneurship. Digital Undivided’s mantra is, “We’re all about investing where others won’t, and the organization is doubling down on opportunities that others consider small bets.”
*Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women
The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program helps women-owned businesses with $2M in revenue or above scale quickly. It’s a national competition and executive education program that includes year-round education, networking, and events. A global initiative, the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program supports successful women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale and provides them with the support, resources and access they need to accelerate their growth.
*Female Founders Fund
The Female Founders Fund was launched in 2014 to invest in early-stage female-founded technology companies. The specific areas of focus of Female Founders Fund include e-commerce, web-enabled services/products, marketplaces, and various platforms.
SoGal Ventures defines itself as the first female-led millennial venture capital firm. With a mission to redefine the next generation of founders and funders and a belief in the power of diversity, borderless business, and human-centric design, they invest in pre-seed to Series A startups in the U.S. and Asia with female founders or otherwise diverse founding teams.
*Tory Burch Foundation
The Tory Burch Foundation aims to empower female entrepreneurs through capital, education, and fellowship programs. Their capital program with Bank of America helps provide access to affordable loans through Community Lenders. With a commitment to opening up access to capital, advancing entrepreneurial education and network opportunities, the foundation provides women small-business owners with business and management education. And, the Tory Burch Fellows Program includes workshops, a year of support, a $10,000 award, and a chance to pitch for a $100,000 grant.
*Women’s Business Center
There are over 100 Women’s Business Centers located throughout the US to help women start and grow small business centers. These educational centers are run by the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Women’s Business Ownership. Their goal is to “level the playing field” for women entrepreneurs. Check out the SBA website to find a WBC near you.
*Women’s Venture Fund
Women’s Venture Fund Founded in 1994, (WVF) is a nonprofit organization that helps women establish businesses in urban communities with business development programs, advisory services, technical assistance, and funding (in NYC metro area). To date, they’ve served over 17,000 firms and have helped launch more than 3,200 small businesses.
*Women Who Startup
Women Who Startup is a network of female entrepreneurs that are supported by accelerators and investors in Denver, Colorado. The organization provides a network, a platform, multiple sources of collaboration and rapid-learning to female entrepreneurs and innovators who are committed to building successful companies. Additionally, Women Who Startup holds regular basecamp events in Denver and Boulder, and there’s also Women Who Startup Radio, an awesome podcast featuring insightful and inspiring interviews with female entrepreneurs.
*The BOSS Network
BOSS, "Bringing Out Successful Sisters," is a networking platform and membership organization for primarily African American women entrepreneurs and professionals. With a mission is to promote the small business spirit and professional development of multicultural women, the community supports each other through online and event-based networking. As a collective, The BOSS Network supports women in their journey to become independent and successful in their endeavors utilizing networking.