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American Business Women's Association
The American Business Women's Association strives to provide a quality experience for members both on a national and local level.

American Women's Economic Development Corp

Association of Women's Business Centers
AWBC members represent women business owners through women business centers in rural and metropolitan communities providing support and services to a range of women business owners and entrepreneurs securing rounds of venture capital.

Business and Professional Women/USA
Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation is creating successful workplaces by focusing on issues that impact women, families and employers. Successful Workplacesare those that embrace and practice diversity, equity and work life balance. Through its groundbreaking research and unique role as a neutral convener of employers and employees, BPW Foundation strives to redefine today’s workplace.

Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit membership organization working globally with businesses and the professions to build inclusive workplaces and expand opportunities for women and business.

Center for Women's Business Research
The Center for Women's Business Research provides data-driven knowledge that advances the economic, social and political impact of women business owners and their enterprises. This data driven knowledge provides the business imperative for embracing women business owners as customers, suppliers, community leaders, public policy influencers and role models for business leadership.

Count Me In - Micro Lending
At Count Me In, we believe in YOU! Our mission is to promote economic independence and the growth of women owned businesses. Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence is the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources, business education and community support for women entrepreneurs seeking to grow micro businesses to million dollar enterprises.

Digital Women
Digital Women® provides small business tools for women including loan and grant information for business startup and women entrepreneurs.

EnterpriseWorks provides education, training and mentoring that prepare challenged populations to achieve self-sufficiency and exercise social responsibility.

Enterprising Women
We are a community of women, more than 10 million strong and counting, in which each individual is a pioneer, a trailblazer, an innovator, and a visionary. These are today’s women entrepreneurs, and they account for nearly half of all small businesses in America and continue to start businesses in record numbers all over the globe.

FCEM - Les Femmes Chefs d'Enterprises Mondiales
The worldwide network of women entrepreneursPromoting and reinforcing women’s entrepreneurial initiative worldwide.

tInternational Institute for Women Entrepreneurs
Women want independence! We get it. Studies cite this as the number one reason women give when asked why they go into business for themselves. Our experience working with women entrepreneurs bears this out.  The International Institute for Women Entrepreneurs (IIWE) at St. Kate’s understands the needs of women entrepreneurs.  We provide a wide range of professional development programs, resources, tools, and mentorship focused on the professional and personal leadership development of women entrepreneurs and business executives.

IRS - Small Businesses

Minnesota Women's Press
Minnesota Women's Press, Inc. mission is to tell stories in ways that create community and encourage change.

Minority Business Entrepreneur
MBE magazine is published bi-monthly by Minority Business Entrepreneurand serves as a nationwide forum for minority and women business owners, corporations and government agencies concerned with minority enterprise development.

National NAWBO
Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of America's more than 10 million women-owned businesses representing the fastest growing segment of the economy.

National Women's Business Council
The National Women's Business Council is a bi-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. The Council's mission is to promote bold initiatives, policies and programs designed to support women's business enterprises at all stages of development in the public and private sector marketplaces -- from start-up to success to significance.

National Women Business Owners Corporation
The National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC) has led the way for women business owners to obtain WBE Certification. Created in 1995, NWBOC was established to increase competition for corporate and government contracts through implementation of a national certification program for women business owners. The development of our national Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) certification program, sponsored by IBM, involved cooperation and input from over 700 public and private sector individuals. The result was the creation of the WBE Application, the process, and the NWBOC Standards and Procedures.

One Nation News
Black Heart, Inc. is the only multicultural media company in Minnesota. Our target populations are African Americans, African expatriates, Hispanics, Asians and American Indians, mixed race individuals and families.

Pioneer Press

Quantum Leaps, Inc.
Quantum Leaps helps fuel the global growth of women’s enterprise development through bold strategic initiatives, and identification and sharing of best practices. Facilitating women’s access to markets is a major focus.

Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as 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. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.

Springboard Enterprises
Springboard educates, showcases and supports women entrepreneurs as they seek capital and build their businesses.  We promote women's entrepreneurial development through alliances, partnerships and direct programming. This includes targeted education and coaching initiatives, strategic connections with investors, community and venture capital forums that showcase some of the most talented and innovative women-led companies. Our web-based Learning Center, local workshops and seminars, and membership program service a wide audience of exceptionally talented women leading growth businesses.

Star Tribune

The Committee of 200
The primary mission of C200 and its Foundation is to foster, celebrate and advance women's leadership in business. Our membership organization offers current leaders access to unique programming plus an unparalleled professional and personal network of their peers. Through targeted outreach and support to future leaders, the C200 Foundation also helps to ensure that women will continue to take evermore significant and visible leadership roles.

The National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science (IWITTS)
IWITTS provides the tools to successfully integrate women into male-dominated careers -- such as technology and law enforcement -- via our training, publications, products, e-strategies, and research projects. We work nationally and our audience includes educational institutions, police departments, employers, and women and girls themselves.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

U.S. Census Bureau

Upsize Magazine
Upsize is a magazine and online resource center with a single mission: to help Minnesota's small-business owners build bigger and more profitable companies, and to connect CEOs with the people, products and ideas they need to grow.

Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW)
Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) works nationally and in its home community of Washington, DC to build pathways to economic independence for America's families, women, and girls. WOW has a distinctive history in changing the landscape of women and work.

Women's Business Development Center - Minnesota
The above is a link to the Women’s Business Development Center-Minnesota. They are the local certification agency for WBENC, one of the most widely-recognized certification entities for woman-owned businesses.

Women's Business Enterprise National Council
The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America's corporations. It also is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. 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 Employed
Women Employed has one passion: to make life better for working women. We believe that all women deserve full and fair economic opportunities. That means better career options and higher pay, more opportunities for training and education, and strict enforcement of fair employment laws.

Women Entrepreneurs, Inc. (WE Inc.)
WE Inc. is a a project of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) -- a prominent advocacy and research organization dedicated to protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship. WE Inc. aims is to improve and enhance the economic climate for women's entrepreneurship. By advocating for policy solutions that encourage business ownership by women, and providing information and resources to entrepreneurs at all stages of their business development, WE Inc. works to increase economic opportunity and financial security for those seeking the rewarding and challenging path of business ownership.

Women Impacting Public Policy
The Voice for Women in Business in our Nation’s Capital, Women Impacting Public Policy, Inc. (WIPP) is a national bi-partisan public policy organization that advocates for and on behalf of women and minorities in business in the legislative processes of our nation, creating economic opportunities and building bridges and alliances to other small business organizations. Through WIPP, our collective voice makes a powerful impact on Capitol Hill and with the Administration.

Women in Technology International (WITI)
WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity.

Women Presidents' Organization
The WPO is a non-profit membership organization for women presidents of multimillion dollar companies. Members of the WPO take part in professionally-facilitated peer advisory groups in order to coax the "genius out of the group" and grow their business to the next level.

Women's Leadership Exchange (WLE)
Women's Leadership Exchange® (WLE) is a social entrepreneurship organization founded by and for successful businesswomen. Recognizing the unique challenges facing women in business – whether they are leading their own companies or are leaders in the corporate, government or not-for-profit sectors, WLE offers a program that helps them fill the information gap and provides a venue for building connections that will facilitate their success in business and in life.
The National Women's Business Council (NWBC), sponsor of, is a bi-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. Members of NWBC are prominent women business owners and leaders of women's business organizations.

Work4Women provides tools, strategies and a virtual community to help increase women and girls' integration and retention in high-wage jobs that are considered nontraditional for women.

WomenVenture is a leader in providing the tools and support to help you start and grow your business, find a new job, or develop a new career path.  WomenVenture serves women - and men (in most programs) - of all economic and ethnic backgrounds. In its three decade history, 90,000 women and men have been served.