National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
Find a wealth of resources for women business owners including the NAWBO SmartBrief, news and business articles, membership directory, and business resources. Browse through our Advocacy section to discover policy issues relating to women business owners, and NAWBO’s position on these issues.
US Chamber of Commerce
This is a good source of general business information. Select Meet your Elected Officials from the middle of the home page.
The Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce
A non-profit business organization of highly influential and diverse women and men dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of women through avenues of leadership, education, advocacy, and mentoring.
Small Business Administration (SBA)
An independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.
The Center for Women’s Business Research
The Center for Women’s Business Research is the go-to source on the trends, characteristics, achievements, and challenges of women business owners and their enterprises. Our research enables America’s top corporations, government policy-makers, associations, and advocacy organizations to make informed, progressive decisions about programs and policies designed to reach and benefit women entrepreneurs.
The Office of Small Business Development Centers
Provides management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations. The program is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments and is an integral component of Entrepreneurial Development’s network of training and counseling services.
Government & Public Policy Resources
Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)
The nation’s largest bipartisan public policy organization that advocates for and on behalf of women business owners and women in business on economic issues.
National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)
Mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses.
The SBA Office of Advocacy
It contains a great deal of information and many articles on small business issues and their status.
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THOMAS – The Library of Congress Online Resource
Read the actual language of federal bills, obtain status information, congressional record, schedule, committee info, etc. If searching for a specific Bill, please have the actual Bill Number on hand prior to going here.
Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Certification
The Statewide HUB Program provides HUB certification for minority and woman-owned businesses in the State of Texas. In accordance with Texas law, each state agency shall make a good faith effort to utilize HUBs in contracts for construction, services (including professional and consulting services) and commodities purchases.
Benefit & Tax Resources
Policy and Taxation Group
Policy and Taxation Group is dedicated to the elimination of the estate and gift taxes (”death taxes”) and the elimination of the destructive effect that those taxes have on families, family businesses, job creation, the national economy and government revenues.
Certification & Education Resources
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
WBENC works to foster diversity in the world of commerce with programs and policies designed to expand opportunities and eliminate barriers in the marketplace for women business owners. WBENC works with representatives of corporations to encourage the utilization and expansion of supplier/vendor diversity programs.
Women Business Owner (NWBOC)
Provides a national certification program for women-owned businesses. The certification, called “Woman Business Enterprise” (WBE) Certification, ensures that a private, for-profit company is truly owned and controlled by a woman or women.
National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB)
Our mission is to support members through a comprehensive program of advocacy, training and technical assistance, communication, and the promotion of strategic partnerships for the advancement of our nation’s workforce.
International Partnerships Resources
Women Entrepreneurs of Canada (WEC)
A hub that supports numerous initiatives to support the growth of women owned businesses on the local, national and international level – including research, trade mission, conferences, documentaries, resource manuals and events.
Les Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises Mondiales (FCEM)
Promotes and reinforces women’s entrepreneurship worldwide.
Network of Entrepreneurial Women World-Wide (NEWWW)
Purposes to raise the profile of women entrepreneurs at the national and international levels; to promote business, training and leadership opportunities for representation by women entrepreneurs on any public policy issues affecting them. The focus of NEWWW is on fostering business relationships internationally and sharing business knowledge, making use of available technology.
Global Summit for Women (GSW)
An annual meeting attended by women from the fields of entrepreneurism/women business owners, corporate directors and government officials. NAWBO is an official sponsor/partner of GSW, although it provides no direct funding to GSW.
The International Alliance for Women (TIAW)
Serves as the global umbrella organization that unites, supports and promotes professional women and their networks to work together, share resources and leverage ideas.
The America-China Women Business Leaders Conference
The first and only event in America, which exclusively promotes partnerships and friendships between accomplished women entrepreneurs and executives from the U.S. and China, by bringing together women business executives from both countries.