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Astia
Astia is a unique, international not-for-profit organization that provides innovative programs to ensure companies can gain access to capital, achieve and sustain high-growth, and develop the executive leadership of the founding team.

Center for Women's Business Research
The Center For Women's Business Research, founded as the National Foundation for Women Business Owners, is the premier source of knowledge about women business owners and their enterprises worldwide. This non-profit is located in Washington, DC.

The Committee of 200
The Committee of 200 is the professional organization of women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders running large companies or divisions. The organization capitalizes on the power, success and influence of businesswomen in the global economy. Membership is by invitation only.

Kauffman Center
The Kauffman Foundation is the only large American foundation to focus on entrepreneurship and has more than twelve years of in-depth experience in the field.

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
NAWBO is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs in all industries. Their mission is to propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. The association has over 8,000 members in nearly 80 chapters nationwide, and is affiliated with Les Femmes Chefs d'Entreprises Mondiales (World Association of Women Entrepreneurs) in 35 countries . This non-profit's national office is in the Washington, DC area.

North Texas RCIC
The NTRCIC's mission is to accelerate the growth of the North Texas technology based economy by identifying, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs, investors, universities, government, and business.

Online WBC
A resource site that provides woman business owners links to grants, valuation services, professional business plan writers, and how to incorporate your business.

The SCORE Association
The SCORE Association (Service Corps of Retired Executives), "Counselors to America's Small Business," is a non-profit association comprised of 10,500 volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. and its territories. There are 389 SCORE chapters in urban, suburban and rural communities. SCORE members are trained to serve as counselors, advisors, and mentors to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. These services are offered at no fee, as a community service.

U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created by Congress in 1953 to help America's entrepreneurs form successful small enterprises. Today, SBA offices in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, offer financing, training and advocacy for small firms. The SBA web site has an extensive content for the small business owner.

Springboard Enterprises
A national not-for-profit organization dedicated to accelerating women’s access to the equity markets. The organization produces programs that educate, showcase and support entrepreneurs as they seek equity capital and grow their companies.

WomenBiz.gov
WomenBiz.gov is the gateway for women-owned businesses selling to the federal government. It is organized to target the five specific stages that a woman business owner should go through as she begins to explore whether the federal government is the right customer for her.

Women's Business Enterprises National Council
The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC, pronounced "wee-bank) is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for women's business enterprises in America's major business markets. In partnership with women's business organizations throughout the United States, WBENC provides access to a national standard of certification and provides information on certified women's businesses to purchasing managers through an Internet database -- WBENCLink.

Women's Leadership Exchange
The Women's Leadership Exchange (WLE) offers all-day business conferences for the established woman business owner. WLE provides knowledge, tools and connections to help women grow their businesses.

Women's Business Council Southwest
The Women's Business Council - Southwest offers certification, procurement, networking and educational programs that help Women Business Enterprises (WBE) grow. The programs are offered throughout a four-state region, which includes north Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

Women's Business Enterprise Alliance
The Women's Business Enterprise Alliance, a nationally recognized purchasing council, is a pacesetter in helping women business enterprises grow and develop. WBEA is strongly committed to increasing opportunities for women-owned businesses and providing qualified suppliers to corporate and government purchasers. Headquartered in Houston, the Women's Business Enterprise Alliance serves a 94-county Texas region with programs, activities, and educational opportunities designed to support and promote women-owned enterprises.