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Entrepreneurship among women continues to expand at a fast pace - women-owned businesses have opened at twice the rate of those owned by men. Whether you're a woman or a man thinking about starting your own business, the resources below can help you no matter what step of the process you are on.
Eweb's Entrepreneurship Education Resources: Help for different audiences such as students, faculty, and entrepreneurs. Managed by St. Louis University.
Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation Entrepreneurship Initiatives: Many students have a true entrepreneurial spirit. The EI informs, supports, and inspires student entrepreneurs. Equally important, it recognizes and awards students for their entrepreneurial spirit and exemplary business plans.
Doing it For Themselves: Women Entrepreneurs
Center for Women & Enterprise: Provides educational programs and business assistance to women entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneur: Features success stories of women entrepreneurs and tips on owning a business.
WomenBiz.gov: Information about selling to the federal government, how to get started, finding your market, and business opportunities.
Women's Business Enterprise National Council: Information about how to get a business to become certified and the benefits associated with certification.
Business Tools for Women: Business tools and information for any woman who wants to start a business of her own.
Entrepreneurial Competitions and Funding
Draper University of Heroes: Learn about a world-class school for innovative young entrepreneurs.
VentureWell: Hosts several national business and technology competitions throughout the year.
General Online Resources
Babson College Center for Entrepreneurial Studies: An index of full-text papers and abstracts from the frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research. Most of the researchers have won awards or have been recognized for their work.
Center for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED): Success stories and links to get started (online manual, search sites, etc.) are included.
Entrepreneurial Insights: Find guides on how to start and grow companies, write business plans, pitch to investors and recruit key talent on this site.
The Entrepreneur Network: Information, contacts and counsel for inventors and entrepreneurs (pre-startup through early stage).
Entrepreneurship.org: Monthly features covering a variety of topics.
Global Entrepreneurship Institute: Provides online informational support for entrepreneurs, business students and faculty interested in starting, running and growing businesses.
MIT Entrepreneurship Center: Specifically focused on technology-based entrepreneurship.
The Top Entrepreneurship Resource Online: Started by a 19 year old college student, offers tips and resources for entrepreneurs of all types.
United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Has information divided into the following areas: Corporate Entrepreneurship, Minority and Women, Entrepreneurship Education, Small Business, Family Business, International Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship in the Arts.
U.S. Business Advisor Home Page: Info about business development, taxes, laws and regulations, international trade, etc.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Essential information on filing patents and trademarks, as well an archive/index of currently-held patents.
U.S. Small Business Administration: Learn how to start, grow, finance a business. Information about business opportunities and business disaster assistance is also available.
WSJ Small Business Resources: Recent articles on trends, resources, and reference materials specifically geared for the small business owner.
Pioneer Valley Community Resources
The Capital Network: A community that has been educating and connecting entrepreneurs with investors for over 20 years.
Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network: Provides high-quality, in-depth counseling, training and capital access which contributes to the entrepreneurial growth of small businesses throughout Massachusetts. Our services are delivered through a network of skilled professional staff supported by a federal, state, and higher education consortium as well as several partnerships.
SCORE: SCORE's goal is to help entrepreneurs overcome obstacles in order to successfully start and grow their businesses. Experienced mentors at SCORE provide invaluable insights, resources and know-how to help entrepreneurs live their dreams of business ownership.
Virtual Student Business Incubator: The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts Student Business Incubator (SBI), administered by the STCC Entrepreneurial Institute, located in the Scibelli Enterprise Center, is the 'hatchery' where new entrepreneurial start-ups, created by high school and college students, are nurtured.
WNEC Center for Innovation andEntrepreneurship: The Western New England College Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship was established to provide graduate business and law students with an opportunity to provide practical consultation to entrepreneurs starting new and building existing small businesses in the community. This initiative strengthens current alliances within the community to use the combined resources of our School of Law and School of Business to foster new business development.
Echoing Green: Documents news, trends, and the true life of social entrepreneurs.
Net Impacts: An international nonprofit organization whose mission is to make a positive impact on society by growing and strengthening a community of leaders who use business to improve the world.
Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship: The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship identifies a select community of social entrepreneurs and engages it in shaping global, regional and industry agendas that improve the state of the world.
Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprise: Provides information about what social entrepreneurship is as well as tips on how to get connected to the growing community of social entrepreneurs.
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Strategies, tools and ideas for nonprofits, foundations and socially responsible businesses.
TED Talk: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: Women entrepreneurs, example not exception