4 Online Resources for Women Starting a Small Business

Posted August 2, 2013 by Lisa Granshaw in On the Ladder

Over the last few months, I’ve been forming my own business: Media Career Consulting LLC. While learning how to create a limited liability company (LLC) and all the business rules I would need to know, I had a million questions. Luckily there were a number of people I could turn to to ask for advice and when they couldn’t help me, I found a number of amazing resources online.

If you’re a Career Girl interested in starting a small business, here are some great online resources that can help you find answers to your questions, connect with fellow business women, and learn more about the state of women run businesses in the country.

  • U.S. Small Business Association: This is a great place to find answers to a range of small business questions. Here you can learn how to create a business plan, decide which business structure is right for you, and learn about loans. You can also find local business offices in your area that can help you get things set up according to your state and county laws.
  • American Business Women’s Association: This is a member organization that connects business women in various industries and offers resources on how to grow your business through networking and career events. It offers a great way to learn about business opportunities and get support from fellow women entrepreneurs.
  • National Association of Women Business Owners: A dues-based organization that represents women business owners in all industries, the NAWBO offers a number of helpful business resources you can take advantage of. They also sponsor programs and events across the country to connect its members and discuss timely business topics.
  • National Women’s Business Council: This non-partisan federal advisory council is the go-to resource for news on economic issues that are important to women business owners. Here you can read up on the latest research so you can be prepared for the latest ups and downs that will effect your business.

If you’re an entrepreneur, what resources helped you while you were starting your business? Share yours in the comments below!

About the Author

Lisa Granshaw

Lisa Granshaw is a freelance writer and career consultant based in New York City. Her company, Media Career Consulting LLC, offers a variety of consulting services to young professionals interested in a career in the media and communications industry. She began her career as a NBC Page, worked as a production assistant at Nightly News with Brian Williams, and was a producer and writer for the TODAY Show's website. Her work has appeared on The Daily Dot, TODAY.com, Parents.com, Vetstreet, Blastr, and more.