Resources for Women and Minority Student Entrepreneurs
U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce (USWCC) The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to “transforming the economics of the women’s market by shattering barriers that have stifled true and sustainable economic growth, directing expansive learning opportunities, and enabling 360° participation and ownership in an influential, powerful marketplace.” Yearly membership for small businesses is $195, giving the business owner access to benefits, including health benefits and retirement planning.
Women’s Venture Fund The Women’s Venture Fund is a non-profit organization that helps women of diverse backgrounds build and run thriving businesses in urban communities. The organization provides training, small business loans, and a network of business advisors to help women reach their business goals.
Minority Business Development Agency Part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, MBDA strives to create a new generation of minority-owned businesses generating $100 million in annual revenues. Their strategic focus is to maximize job creation and global competitiveness for minority-owned businesses and to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.
Business Link North Carolina: Minority Programs BLNC is a division of the Economic Development Partnership of NC and can help you start, grow and maintain your business in North Carolina. The Minority Programs site also includes a list of additional links and resources to support you in starting your business.
US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce USPAACC is a membership organization that assists the economic development of Asian-American firms, offering assistance, networking, business plan development and other resources.
The Asian Entrepreneur Magazine The Asian Entrepreneur has grown to become the world’s most authoritative non-profit digital platform on Asian entrepreneurship. The Asian Entrepreneur hopes to create an open and active community where business experience, innovative ideas and intelligent insights are shared amongst the Asian entrepreneurial community.
National Black Chamber of Commerce The National Black Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the United States and via interaction with the Black Diaspora.
Black Founders Black Founders is an organization that seeks to empower entrepreneurs and provide founders with access to advice, mentorship, and funding. The Black Founders mission is to increase the number of successful black entrepreneurs, particularly in technology.
U.S Small Business Administration: Office of Native American Affairs has the mission to ensure that American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians seeking to create, develop and expand small businesses have full access to the necessary business development and expansion tools available through the Agency’s entrepreneurial development, lending and procurement programs.
Native American Entrepreneurship This series from the Kauffman Foundation elaborates on ways to strengthen entrepreneurship, face financial challenges, and find entrepreneurial opportunities within the Native American community.
US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce USHCC is a membership organization that assists the economic development of Hispanic firms, offering tech assistance, networking, and business plan development assistance.
NALCAB's National Latino Entrepreneurship Program was created to invest in the expansion and coordination of small business assistance programs in predominantly Latino communities across the country.
National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is the business advocate and direct link between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender business owners, corporations, and government, representing the interests of more than 1.4 million LGBT businesses. This is a national organization with local chapters in major cities.
StartOut: Advocacy & Education for LGBT Business Owners A nonprofit organization that aims to create and support LGBT business leaders through networking events, educational outreach, and mentorship opportunities.