Yesterday was International Women’s Day celebrated around the world. Today, I’m highlighting some organizations and nonprofits that can help you learn, plan, and start a business.
There are a growing number of organizations around the world that support women entrepreneurs with education, resources, tools, mentors, and even funding.
Through the kindness of others and these organizations, I’ve received free education and support on starting my own business. I also met a business mentor who has become a trusted friend and colleague throughout the years.
If you’re interested in learning more about nonprofit organizations that empower women entrepreneurs, hope you enjoy this note.
What organizations or nonprofits have helped you? Have you inquired about entrepreneurship with an organization before?
Cartier Women’s Initiative
The Cartier Women’s Initiative (CWI) is a Paris based organization that provides a global network of women entrepreneurs with access to education, tools, resources, and funding through their global entrepreneurship program.
I previously served as Subject Matter Expert on Technology Marketing and was impressed by the organization, community, and resources that they give to women entrepreneurs.
This is truly an impressive global initiative that Cartier has taken on and it’s beneficial in many ways. More companies can learn from Cartier’s lead with their work on CWI and the attention they show.
Connecting with other women entrepreneurs around the world online through COVID has been a great experience. I also had the opportunity to mentor other women as they were starting or scaling their business with marketing technology.
The global aspect makes this a focused, educational, and transformative experience for women entrepreneurs on every level. Apply for their global program which takes applicants once a year.
Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global
For a global perspective and educational materials, I recommend Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global (WEGG) for women entrepreneurs.
WEGG is a Chicago based nonprofit that connects women to education, resources, and webinars that help you grow with a global presence. I’ve attended a number of their webinars that are informative, friendly, and packed with valuable information for your business.
Everyone I’ve interacted with at WEGG is positive, upbeat, and focused.
I like hearing other women entrepreneurs share their stories of starting up, selling, and even quitting. The more we’re honest about our experiences, the more opportunities for growth there are with ourselves, and those coming after us. There’s no shame in trying, failing, or testing your business idea.
Definitely check them out for a supportive and nurturing environment.
Dell Women Entrepreneurs Network
The Dell Women Entrepreneurs Network (DWEN) is a great organization for connecting with other women entrepreneurs on a local and global level.
DWEN’s website and platform has evolved since I first started interacting with them a couple years ago. The website has a gamification aspect now where you can earn badges.
You can create an account and connect with other women or join local chapters. I joined the Washington DC chapter and attended a couple of their events. DWEN also has monthly events with free webinars for women entrepreneurs to help you start, stay motivated, and organized.
Tory Burch Foundation
Many people know the Tory Burch brand for her work. Did you know that she also has a nonprofit called the Tory Burch Foundation that empowers more women entrepreneurs?
The website is entirely focused on empowering more women entrepreneurs with a library of content on resources, capital, and webinars. The emails are well designed with valuable content making it easy to learn in your inbox.
I’m still grateful to have attended the Tory Burch Foundation event last year in New York City. It was such an empowering event with a variety of topics that affect women from every age range, diversity, and culture.
Check out the Tory Burch Foundation online and download their free business planner to get started.
If you’re American, check out SCORE to find a business mentor. It’s a free service paid through our tax dollars to help grow more entrepreneurs and small businesses in America. You can find a mentor with previous experience in your field of business.
I have to admit that I was skeptical and wasn’t sure what to expect years ago.
I wanted to find a business mentor who previously owned a marketing business, could freely brainstorm, and discuss business ideas with industry knowledge.
My business mentor is based in Texas and has been with me for the last couple of years. He’s someone I greatly appreciate and has become a friend and colleague.
It turned out to be a good experience for me.
No matter the stage of your business, check out these organizations to get started and get the ball rolling. Sometimes the scariest part is simply starting and reaching out with your business idea. You’ll be surprised by how much support there is out there.
Have you inquired about entrepreneurship with an organization before? Why do you want to start a business?