It is said more millionaires were made during the Great Depression than any other time in our nations history. As we stand in the mist of the “Great Recession”, so now is the time to turn that hobby into a business and the dream into reality. It is noted that minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) are among the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. economy and women-owned firms employ about 19 million people and generate $2.5 trillion in annual sales.
With that amount of revenue being generated, resources have been put into to place to ensure the success of Women Owned Business.
Organizations like The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce (www.uswcc.org) founded in 2001, whose purpose is to increase economic growth opportunities for women. As the only national organization of its kind, the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce works in concert with its over 500,000 members, national and local association partners, and key influencers to open doors for women business owners and career professionals.
There are also the American Business Women’s Association (www.abwa.org) a national professional association for women, founded in 1949, with a the mission of which is “to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership; education, networking support and national recognition. This group, in addition to support also publishes the Women in Business, the award-winning national magazine of ABWA, offers articles on a blend of personal and professional development topics. Published six times a year, Women in Business features a continuing education department focused on business and market-relevant topics.
Next there is the National Association of Women Business Owners (www.nawbo.com), is an organization in the United States founded in 1975 that has the purpose of networking the approximately 10.6 million women-owned businesses so as to provide mutual support, share resources, and provide a single voice to help shape economic and public policy. the president of the organization home base is right here in Florida.
Each of these organizations have chapters in each of the 50 states, with the NAWBO having a Miami as well as Ft. Lauderdale chapters. In addition to the established organization set in place to assist women owned business there are also non-traditional forum now in social media outlets: Face book, Linkedin, and Twitter.
All of the organizations listed, offer support, education, training, and insight into the world of entrepreneur. By simply taking the time to research the help available to Women Owned Business, a plethora of information can be found and used. This information helps to creates a solid foundation for Women Entrepreneur to ensure that their goal of opening is business not just succeeds but flourishes in the market.