October is National Women's Small Business Month, a time to celebrate the growth, accomplishments and ingenuity of our nation's women small business owners and the vital role they play in our economy. The latest numbers regarding women in business can't be ignored. The 10 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. hold tremendous value, employing 8.4 million employees, and generate over $ 1.4 trillion in sales, according to the National Women's Business Council (NWBC). While these numbers are encouraging for female entrepreneurs, women still tend to be underrepresented in the business world making up only 38 percent of all businesses. Women have to fight harder than other entrepreneurs to succeed, but they do have advocates, associations and resources that can help.
We have put together a few that we thought you might find helpful and encouraging.
The Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) is a nationally recognized leader in the field of women's economic development. The organization was founded in 1986 to provide services and programs to support and accelerate women's business ownership and strengthen the impact of women on the economy by creating jobs, fueling economic growth and building strong communities.
The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, operated, and controlled by women in the United States. WBENC, a national non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the county. WBENC is also the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America's corporations.
Women Owned is an initiative from the WBENC and WeConnect International to create a movement of support for Women Owned businesses. They support female entrepreneurs and those who do business with them by raising awareness for why, where, and how to buy Women owned. Sign up for their weekly email newsletter, Women Owned Wednesday, that offers fresh content and inspiration celebrating Women Owned Businesses. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for product and business features, Women Owned product round ups, interviews with amazing business owners and more.
The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) boosts members and their entrepreneurial capacity by providing resources and referrals that expand their reach and promote their success. NAWBO's user generated articles library is a growing and diversified archive of timely information that is immediately usable and crafted by knowledge experts. Their membership directory connects members to meaningful conversations about entrepreneurship, leadership, important policy issues as well as chapter happenings and tips on achieving work life balance.
Ted Talks has a special collection of talks on the topic of Women in business. These talks help empower women into going after what they want, especially in the workplace. From asking to promotions or raises to asserting yourself, these talks can help women entrepreneurs find their voice and place in the business world. Check our Adam Galinsky's "How to speak up for yourself".
Girlboss Radio was created by the founder of NastyGal, Sofia Amoruso, and offers weekly podcasts highlighting women who've make their mark in their industries. In the podcast, listeners can receive advice from these fearless leaders'experiences and learn how to become flawlessly fearless themselves.
She Takes on the World has been listed on Forbes’s “Top 100 Websites for Women” four times and on ForbesWoman’s “Top 10 Entrepreneurial Sites for Women”. She Takes on the World helps women build their businesses or brands, offers advice from experts, discusses finances and much more.
“Own It: The Power of Women at Work” by Sallie Krawcheck is a career playbook in the era of new-wave feminism. Sallie Krawcheck offers new sets of rules for women in business. These rules, however, help them use their strengths and skills to their advantage in order to build on the power they already hold.
Sheryl Sandberg and co-writer Nell Scovell’s “Lean In: Women, work, and the Will to Lead” received top positions in international bestseller lists. In the book, Sandberg discusses her experiences working in some of the world’s most successful businesses, how women can help themselves succeed in their industries and how they can effect change on a larger, universal scale.
“Breaking into the Boys’ Club: 8 Ways for Women to Get Ahead in Business” helps women in business face office face challenges through extensive research, compelling stories, quizzes and advice. What’s more is that they offer extra advice for black women who face even more challenges in the working world.
Twist is proud to be 100% woman owned and is certified by the WBENC. We hope that you will help us build a movement of support for Women Owned businesses by following these simple steps;
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