AFEUSA knows that through association, there be success when starting, maintaining and growing a business. True entrepreneurs aren’t just born, they are created. They are inspired, supported and nurtured by those around them every day. Continually exposing individuals to the freedoms that come from being a contributing member of society through the self-discipline and dedication of entrepreneurship is an honor we don’t take lightly. In fact, we take it so seriously that we recognize that there are many deserving organizations that will have a much farther reach when supported financially in addition to providing them a platform to engage in the topics that matter to them most. AFEUSA is committed to funding local and national organizations that continue to educate and strengthen entrepreneurs.

We invite you to learn more about what your community is doing to grow small businesses and certainly hope that you will share any organizations we’ve not yet listed.

Have a success story? Let us feature that story in an upcoming article. Success through Association starts with AFEUSA.

ALABAMA

SCORE

https://www.score.org/

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education, and mentorship. They have been helping businesses for over fifty years and are supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship (WBCNA)

http://catalystcenter.org/

The Catalyst Center was founded in 2003 and has been a driver for economic growth and job creation in Huntsville and surrounding areas. They provide support for entrepreneurs and business owners in every stage of growth, which includes business education, personalized one-on-one coaching, and networking opportunities that build valuable business relationships.

Women’s Business Alliance

http://womensbusinessalliance.org/

Founded in 1993 as the Women’s Business Assistance Center. They offer assistance and training in business planning and development, marketing assistance and lending preparation. Networking opportunities are available for established and startup businesses.

Alabama Small Business Development Consortium (SBDC)

http://asbdc.org/

SBDC network is a statewide, inter-institutional program to enhance economic growth in Alabama by providing management and technical assistance to small businesses. Business advising services are provided free of charge to small business owners.

ALASKA

Anchorage Economic Development Corporation

http://aedcweb.com

AEDC provides industry expertise and economic resources to both large corporations and growing companies interested in locating or expanding their business in Anchorage. We produce trusted employment data and economic research that provides a clear snapshot of the city’s economy.

Alaska Small Business Development Center

https://aksbdc.org

(SBDC) provides no-cost advising services and low cost educational programs to entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business. SBDC business advisors work with entrepreneurs in confidential, one-to-one sessions in the areas of management, marketing, sales, finance, accounting and other disciplines required for small business growth, expansion and innovation.

American Indian Business Leaders

http://www.aibl.org

AIBL is the only American Indian non-profit organization solely dedicated to empowering business students in the United States. The mission of AIBL is to increase the representation of American Indians and Alaska Natives in business and entrepreneurial ventures through education and leadership development opportunities.

ARIZONA

The Arizona Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) 

http://www.azsbdc.net

Arizona’s largest most comprehensive and accessible statewide source of assistance for small businesses in every stage of development. The Network consists of two teams – the Arizona Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) which provide tools, training and one-on-one business counseling, and the Arizona Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) which help businesses seeking federal, state and local contracting opportunities.

Arizona Small Business Association

http://www.asba.com/

The goal of the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) is to empower Arizona’s business community to achieve their dreams.  To accomplish this, they focus on four key fundamentals of business: effective small business education, dynamic professional connections, essential support resources, and public policy.

Arizona Women’s Education and Entrepreneur Center (AWEEC)

http://aweecenter.org/

AWEEc provides education and resources through their business training and workshops. They offer one-on-one counseling, online programs, mentoring and support networks to increase success, support women, and provide assistance to women entrepreneurs.

YWCA Southern Arizona

http://www.ywcatucson.org

YWCA is on a mission and partners with 250 local associations of The Women’s Center for Economic Opportunity (WCEO) offers a playing field for women in business and at work, through leadership training and workforce readiness programs. Microbusiness Advancement Center (MAC) is building a local economy that works for everyone, through support for entrepreneurs and strategic investment in economic development.

Chicanos Por La Causa, LLC

https://www.cplc.org

One of the largest nonprofits in the Southwest, provide a hand-up, not a hand-out to help low-income and at-risk populations become self-sufficient. The program provides business loans along with technical assistance to small businesses that do not qualify for traditional bank financing. The program focuses on serving businesses located in low income communities as well as minority and women owned businesses.

Greater Phoenix SCORE

https://greaterphoenix.score.org/

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. They have Volunteer MENTORS who share their expertise across 62 industries. Free, confidential business MENTORING in person or via email. Free business TOOLS, templates and tips here online. Inexpensive or free business WORKSHOPS (locally) and webinars (online 24/7). Their 320+ chapters hold events and workshops locally across the U.S. and its territories, and match up entrepreneurs with local, volunteer mentors.

Entrepreneurs ‘N Fuego

http://www.thetopfoundation.org and http://www.theofficepile.com

Entrepreneurs ‘N Fuego, a project of The TOP Foundation, a non-profit organization, is the First Multimedia Broadcast Show for entrepreneurs in Arizona. The mission is to empower, cultivate, and educate culturally diverse entrepreneurs by providing funding, access to capital, office space, and technical assistance during the initial stages of their business development. They are dedicated to providing support and advocacy for the many diverse members of the community, especially entrepreneurs from the LGBTQ community, low-income families, veterans, and those with disabilities.

SEED SPOT

https://seedspot.org

SEED SPOT is an organization deeply rooted in the community. A 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting all social entrepreneurs creating a product, service, or technology that improves lives or makes the world a better place. SEED SPOT supports entrepreneurs by surrounding them with the right access to resources, mentors, business fundamentals, community partners, capital sources, and anything they need to succeed.

The Indus Entrepreneurs

http://arizona.tie.org/

TiE is a non-profit, global community welcoming entrepreneurs from all over the world. We believe in the power of ideas to change the face of entrepreneurship and growing business through our five pillars; mentoring, networking, education, incubating and funding. TiE was founded in 1992 by a group of successful entrepreneurs and is currently the world’s largest entrepreneurial organization out there. With programs like TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) and Mentor Match, they are reaching out and fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders

http://www.acelphoenix.org

The Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders, is a non-profit organization providing Asian American professionals opportunities to work together to enhance Asian American leadership in our careers, communities and the local government that we live and serve in.

ARKANSAS

Arkansas EDC | Small & Minority Business Division

http://www.arkansasedc.com/divisions/small-and-minority-business

The Small and Minority Business division promotes the growth and sustainability of small and minority business enterprises by providing them with real world technical and professional assistance, certification, procurement, networking, capital and contracting opportunities while utilizing our partners in state and federal government, higher education, lending institutions and the private sector. Their main goal is to help these small and minority business enterprises contribute to the economic growth in Arkansas.

Arkansas Capital

https://arcapital.com

Arkansas Capital is a private, non-profit lending corporation dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs in Arkansas through partnerships with the lending community. Since 1957, Arkansas Capital and its affiliates have helped provide flexible financing products of over $1.5 billion in capital through 1,300+ loans to help meet the needs of customers from small businesses to large scale operations.

The Venture Center

https://www.venturecenter.co

The Venture Center helps startups obtain customer validation and reach viability through systematic programming, premium mentorship that leverages best practices in lean methodology, and strategic acceleration with an eye on reaching scale and creating measurable economic impact.

CALIFORNIA

StartOut Community

https://startout.org

StartOut connects LGBTQ entrepreneurs to empower great leaders and businesses. Learning, growing, sharing, and enriching your business is at the heart of StartOut’s mission. Their goal is to create jobs and prosperity for LGBTQ individuals and the local communities they contribute to, and to be recognized and respected for those efforts. StartOut’s main programs are networking, access to capital, mentorship, and education.

Do Good LA

http://www.dogoodla.org

Do Good LA is the go-to resource for those interested in knowing about or supporting social entrepreneurism in Los Angeles and Southern California. It is an online directory, a community, and a facilitator. Look at it as the traffic director that leads you to your next avenue or destination. Do Good LA is for social entrepreneurs, whether they work for nonprofits or businesses, inventors of products that have humanitarian applications, students and professors, board members and retirees, policy makers, those who provide goods or services to social entrepreneurs, and for donors and investors.

The Social Enterprise Alliance

http://www.sealosangeles.org

The mission of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance is to support and advance the field of social enterprise in the Los Angeles region through networking, training, public education, and advocacy. Their long term priorities are to develop an extensive network of LA-based social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, social investors, and all other individuals and organizations interested in social enterprise. Entrepreneurs will be supported through mentorship, financial support, trainings, and more.

Entreprenuers Organization

https://www.eonetwork.org

EO was founded to help leading business owners on their path to greater professional success and personal fulfillment. EO is a global community that enriches members’ lives through dynamic peer-to-peer learning, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and connections to experts. EO is the world’s most influential community of entrepreneurs, supporting today’s business owners in all aspects of their entrepreneurial journey.

Founders Space

http://www.foundersspace.com/

Founders Space is the world’s leading Global Incubator + Accelerator. With over 50 partners in 22 countries, we have built an international startup community. Founders Space is ranked a Top 10 Incubator in Forbes and Inc. Magazine. They offer comprehensive program taught by entrepreneurs who’ve done it all. A community of founders who are passionate about helping one another. Co-working space to collaborate with your cohorts during the program. Network of top advisors, growth hackers, lawyers, angels & marketing pros

Access to our events, lectures and workshops for 12 months!

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

http://www.rencenter.org/

The mission of Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center is to empower and increase the entrepreneurial capacities of socially and economically diverse women and men, and thereby strengthen our communities through the creation of sustainable new businesses, new jobs, and the promotion of financial self-sufficiency.

The Alchemist Accelerator

http://alchemistaccelerator.com

The Alchemist Accelerator is an accelerator exclusively for startups whose revenue comes from enterprises, not consumers. They are passionate about the needs of enterprise seed ventures, and believe they are different enough to warrant a program specifically for them. The accelerator focuses on enterprise customer development, sales (direct and online), market validation, and a structured path to fundraising. AA has the most sought after advisor faculty, guest lecturers, venture capitalists, and Fortune 100 customers primed to be resources for you.

The Passion Co.

http://www.thepassion.co/

The Passion offers in-person community based programs to help you pursue your dreams, and experiences to connect you with other like-minded individuals, including Passion Talks, Shine and soon Passion Dinners. Their programs and workshops are offered at General Assembly and Stanford University, and our organization has been featured in Forbes and Women 2.0.

Techstars

http://www.techstars.com/

Techstars is for life — their global ecosystem of founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners work together to create a network of support that lasts throughout your entrepreneurial journey. They make entrepreneurship accessible by opening doors to capital, mentorship, marketing, business development, customer acquisition, and talent recruitment.

Y Combinator

https://www.ycombinator.com/

Twice a year they invest a small amount of money ($120k) in a large number of startups (recently 105).

Black Founders http://blackfounders.com/ Black Founders is creating an ecosystem that stimulates tech entrepreneurship and fosters economic growth. Developing global programs that equip entrepreneurs, inspire innovation, and allow share resources.

Comcast Ventures

http://www.comcastventures.com

Work with entrepreneurs who have ideas that will shift industries and impact the way people interact with their worlds. By combining the best characteristics of traditional venture funds with the technical insight, scale and experience of a strategic investor, CV offers a best-in-class value proposition for entrepreneurs, portfolio companies, partnering investors, and the Comcast family of companies.

Hidden Genius Project

http://www.hiddengeniusproject.org

The Hidden Genius Project seeks to reveal the true potential of black male youth and transform their communities from the inside out. Through student-centered, project-based approach, they invest in young black men, give them access to technology training, and plug them into an ecosystem of innovation and empowerment. The founders established a program that connects these young men with the skills, mentors, and experiences that they need to become high-performing entrepreneurs and technologists in a 21st century, global economy.

Hack the Hood

http://www.hackthehood.org

At Hack the Hood, people of color find the opportunity to fulfill their potential as entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders of society.

Code 2040 http://www.code2040.org/ Creates access, awareness and opportunities” toward “educational, professional and entrepreneurial success in technology” for blacks and Latinas.

The Power of She

http://www.willowtreeroots.org/the-power-of-she

The Power of SHE (Shaping & Honing Entrepreneurs), works with young women in the Sacramento, California region between the ages of 17-23 year old in vulnerable communities with high potential youth manifest their business ideas from ideation, business plan creation, marketing and finances culminating in a showcase opportunity in front of potential investors.

COLORADO

Blackstone Entrepreneur Network

https://www.bencolorado.org/

The Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (“BEN” or “the Network”) in Colorado is funded by a $3 million gift from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation to the State of Colorado and is administered by the University of Colorado’s Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. They curate a collaborative group of experienced business experts who have “been there, and done that.” They are ready to give back and share what they have learned along the way so that the next generation of companies can go big in Colorado.

Pledge 1% Colorado

http://pledge1colorado.org/

Pledge 1% Colorado is a network of Colorado entrepreneurs who share a common commitment to giving back to their communities. Members pledge 1% of equity, annual profits, employee time, or company product to nonprofits of their choosing. Join us and make the community a key stakeholder in your company. It’s an easy way to #givefirst. Since its first member exit in 2008, Pledge 1% Colorado has provided more than $5 million in community funding for Front Range area nonprofits and hundreds of hours of volunteer service. Together, we’re a catalyst for change, making Colorado communities stronger.

Camber Outdoors

https://camberoutdoors.org/pitchfest/

Created to inspire and drive innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship among women with a passion for the outdoors. Women-led small businesses can apply to showcase their work and growth plans to some of the active-outdoor industry’s most influential CEOs, entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders.

Unreasonable Institute

http://unreasonableinstitute.org

Provide entrepreneurs what they need to create scalable solutions to the world’s greatest problems. We exist to help entrepreneurs solve our world’s greatest problems.

CONNECTICUT

Innovation Destination: Hartford

http://www.innovationhartford.com

Innovation Destination: Hartford (IDH) represents a coalition of entrepreneurs and service professions dedicated to enhancing the Hartford region’s ability to support startups and second-stage entrepreneurs. IDH website facilitates connections for entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch and grow a business.

HYPE-Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs

https://www.hypehartford.com

HYPE members are very involved in the community! As part of HYPE’s mission to help young professionals become better engaged in community life, expand professional and social opportunities, and become ambassadors for the Hartford Region, HYPE encourages cross-collaboration among agencies and organizations that offer opportunities to volunteer in the community.

The Women’s Business Development Council

http://www.ctwbdc.org/  

A non-profit organization that aims to educate and empower potential male and female entrepreneurs.

Small Business Development Centers Connecticut

http://ctsbdc.com/

A free advisory service that aids startups and established small businesses.

SCORE Norwalk

https://fairfieldcounty.score.org/  

Find out how to grow your business from these local experts. This  national nonprofit was started by Congress in 1964 to teach entrepreneurship and to grow small businesses.

DELAWARE

Claymont Community Center

http://www.claymontcenter.org

The Center’s vision is to create a community where all people have their basic needs met and can grow to achieve their full potential. Committed to providing residents of Claymont and the surrounding areas with a variety of health and human services, educational opportunities, and recreational activities.

Rolling Revolution

https://www.rollingrev.com/

The Rolling Revolution is the exclusive hub of contact for anyone looking to jump into the  Food truck industry, connect with mobile vendors, and discuss legislative changes and improvements within the industry.  Event organizers, site managers in need of alternative eating and shopping options.

Delaware Jaycees

http://delawarejaycees.org  

The Mission is to contribute to the advancement of the global community by providing the opportunity for young people to develop the leadership skills, social responsibility, entrepreneurship and fellowship necessary to create positive change.

FLORIDA

Wise Tribe

http://wisetribe.us

WiseTribe is an education nonprofit that empowers individuals as engaged citizens through collaborative learning opportunities. WiseTribe’s primary offering is our 4Cs, a combined process of connection, collaboration, co-creation and celebration that unites people from diverse backgrounds.

Minority Chamber of Commerce

https://minoritychamber.net  

A National Business Association non-profit organization. We are membership-driven and our core mission includes business education, networking, and facilitating trade and investment worldwide. The Chamber was incorporated on September 1, 2001. The MCC is a vehicle through which to promote, maintain and sustain economic progress for Minority-owned business enterprises in the Miami Dade County area.

Hispanic Business Initiative Fund

http://hbiffl.com/

HBIF is the leading Hispanic economic development, nonprofit organization specialized in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs trying to establish or expand their business in Florida.

Florida Association of Minority Business Enterprise Officials

http://www.fambeo.com/

To provide professional development, information and networking opportunities to supplier diversity professionals and historically underutilized businesses.

GrowFL

http://www.growfl.com

GrowFL was created in 2009 as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida. By providing strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research, Peer Learning and Leadership Development, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity.

The Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center

https://www.enterpriseflorida.com

The Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center is an online directory of resource agencies that serve entrepreneurs like you, organized for each stage of your business.

The Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, Inc.

http://www.c-e-o.org

CEO informs, supports, and inspires college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation. With a diverse entrepreneurial community and global network, CEO provides student entrepreneurs with opportunities, events, chapter activities and conferences to help start businesses.

Bunker Labs

https://bunkerlabs.org

Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation. Through local chapters organized in cities across the nation, Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military veterans start and grow businesses.

GEORGIA

Accion

http://www.accioneast.org/

A private non-profit organization that provides credit and business training to microentrepreneurs, low and moderate income self-employed women and men.

Amen, Inc.

http://www.aultec.org

A Christian based organization whose goal is to help individuals in the recovering and general communities, to overcome barriers that prevent entrepreneurial opportunities.

Atlanta Development Authority

http://www.investatlanta.com/

A catalyst for residential and commercial economic vitality in Atlanta and provides gap financing to small businesses in the city of Atlanta.

Bronner Business Institute

http://www.nhbbi.org/

A faith-based educational and spiritual ministry designed to assist and equip entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners within the Word of Faith Family Worship Center and in the Kingdom of God to successfully launch new businesses and expand existing businesses.

Dekalb Microenterprise Institute

http://www.debco.org

A community based entrepreneurial initiative created to provide business development training and financial services to Dekalb county residents who would like to start or expand a business.

Goergia Minority Supplier Development Council

http://gmsdc.org/

A non-profit organization that foster and expand mutually beneficial economic opportunities between certified minority business enterprises, corporations, and government entities within the state of Georgia.

HAWAII

HiBEAM

http://hibeam.org/

HiBEAM, a not-for-profit organization, was created to help launch and build high growth Hawaii technology, biotechnology and life sciences companies by providing expert professional advice and access to funding sources.

Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawaii

http://www.efhawaii.org/

EF create and foster connections and resources that empower entrepreneurs to give back from the onset of their business–which strengthens both their business and their community.

IDAHO

One Stone

http://onestone.org

One Stone is a student-led and directed nonprofit that makes students better leaders and the world a better place. Their program empowers high school students to learn and practice 21st century skills through experiential service, innovative initiatives, social entrepreneurship, and the radical reinvention of learning.

Economic Opportunity by Jannus

http://www.ceojannus.org

EO Business development services help people and families increase income through self-employment. People can learn business basics in a safe, culturally sensitive environment free of complicated terms and judgment. Our expert help is right for many kinds of businesses including in-home child care, farming & food, retail, service and transportation.

Philanthropy Northwest

https://philanthropynw.org

Committed to helping community foundations succeed in their work. Through workshops, events, publications and networking opportunities, Philanthropy Northwest helps community foundation staff and trustees stay connected to the issues that affect their communities.

ILLINOIS

StartOut Community

https://startout.org

StartOut connects LGBTQ entrepreneurs to empower great leaders and businesses. Learning, growing, sharing, and enriching your business is at the heart of StartOut’s mission. Their goal is to create jobs and prosperity for LGBTQ individuals and the local communities they contribute to, and to be recognized and respected for those efforts. StartOut’s main programs are networking, access to capital, mentorship, and education.

Future Founders

https://futurefounders.com

Future Founders immerses youth in experiences that inspire and empower them to create their own opportunity. To date, their programs have served over 30,000 youth. Join us as we empower the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs.

UP Connecticut

http://www.up.co/

UP supports new ventures, provides resources for entrepreneurs, and connects the community. UP Connecticut is a part of a global movement dedicated to ensuring that anyone can experience entrepreneurship, no matter where they live.

1871

https://1871.com

1871 was created to support Chicago’s digital startup community. Since that time, it has become the hub for the city’s thriving technology and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Today 1871 is the home of more than 400 early-stage, high-growth digital startups.

Bunker Labs

https://bunkerlabs.org

Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation. Through local chapters organized in cities across the nation, Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military veterans start and grow businesses.

Good City

https://goodcitychicago.org

The mission of Goodcity is to identify and then support high potential community-based entrepreneurs working to solve complex problems in their community.

Women’s Business Development Center

https://www.wbdc.org

The mission of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is to provide services and programs that support and accelerate women’s business ownership and strengthen their impact on the economy.

INDIANA

Kheprw Institute

http://kheprw.org

Kheprw Institute (KI) is a community organization that works to create a more just, equitable, human-centered world by nurturing youth and young adults to be leaders, critical thinkers and doers who see the people in any community as the most valuable assets and are committed to working with marginalized communities to bring about change that leads to empowered self-sustainable communities.

Venture Club of Indiana

http://www.ventureclub.org/

The Venture Club of Indiana provides networking opportunities, education, and support to entrepreneurs and the innovation-minded, early-stage investors, and those who work with them through monthly meetings and special events.

IOWA

Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship

http://www.isupjcenter.org/

The catalyst that brings together the people and ideas necessary for launching and growing successful enterprises. Whether the undertaking is a student initiated enterprise, a new small business, a high technology start-up, or a corporate spin-off, the Pappajohn Center provides assistance and resources to aid the development process and support the entire launch of a new venture.

EDC Accelerating Iowa Business

http://www.edcinc.org

Incorporated in 2003, EDC is a community-sponsored business accelerator. EDC’s mission is to provide economic growth through the creation and expansion of high-impact Iowa businesses. From start-ups to well-established entities, EDC is focused on fostering innovation and creating vital and diversified entrepreneurial communities.

FemCity Des Moine

https://www.femcity.com

FemCity is the business hub for women locally and globally all immersed in positivity. We are an innovative community that catapults businesses to the next level while providing the support needed for small business owners. Whether you are starting out in business, have been in business for years or just thinking about going into business, we are here for you.

Elevate

https://www.wdmchamber.org

Elevate is a group formed by West Des Moines Chamber that provides a distinctive platform for members to connect and learn from other community leaders from various industries and civic organizations throughout the state. Elevate’s goal is to raise awareness of the role equity plays in both work and home life and seeks to increase collaboration among community members and professionals to achieve a desirable work-life balance.

Women of Worth

http://findyourwow.com

Women of Worth empowers women business-owners to live lives of significance. WOW hosts a monthly luncheon providing business owners an opportunity to network and welcomes women at every stage of their careers, from students through retired professionals.

Iowa Venture Capital Association

http://www.iowaventure.org/

The IVCA is a non-profit organization with 30 member companies who influence and contribute to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the State of Iowa.

KANSAS

Youth Entrepreneurs

https://youthentrepreneurs.org

YE ignites passion for business education and entrepreneurship, and provides the practical experience necessary to apply it to real life situations.

NetWork Kansas

https://www.networkkansas.com

The NetWork Kansas Referral Center is a free service for entrepreneurs and small business owners who are interested in starting or growing a business in Kansas. A staff of experienced referral coordinators guides clients through the basic legal requirements that affect their particular business and connects them to resources that offer expertise, education, and financial assistance.

Enterprise Center in Johnson County

http://www.ecjc.com

A non-profit organization that connects entrepreneurs with the resources they need to grow and scale. They select local entrepreneurs in their early stages of development and provide them with support, financial education, mentoring, consulting and affordable work space to position them for venture development and commercialization.

KENTUCKY

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Kentucky

http://nawbokentucky.org

NAWBO is THE essential community for all women business owners with a diverse group of members supporting, encouraging, teaching and sharing with each other. NAWBO is a non-profit organization that supports, provides resources, aids opportunities and forms partnerships among the woman-owned business community. While NAWBO is a world-wide organization, NAWBO Kentucky serves Kentucky and the Southern Indiana area.

Sustainable Business Ventures

http://www.sbventures.org

(SBV) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and is a social enterprise that provides technical assistance, training, and support entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs/individuals wanting to start a business, and small business owners. SBV encourages the development of social entrepreneurs and social enterprises.

SBDC Kentucky

https://www.ksbdc.org

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Northern Kentucky at Northern Kentucky University provides one-on-one consultations at no cost to existing and potential entrepreneurs in Northern Kentucky.

Square1

http://go.startatsquare1.com

SQUARE1 is an entrepreneur education and business accelerator services company that provides resources to a broad range of individuals interested in turning ideas and research into business startups.

LOUSIANA

Legacy Formation International

http://www.legacyformation.com/

Connect young adults with exemplary mentors for the purpose of unleashing their potential. They create opportunities for young adults to tap into the wisdom of the experienced and provide platforms for them to find their voice.

PowerMoves

http://www.powermovesusa.org/

PowerMoves is a national initiative to deploy innovative ideas, fresh approaches, and an overall commitment to equity and diversity as a growth strategy to address the generational obstacles that prevent minority entrepreneurship. Featuring pitch competitions, networking events and fellowship opportunities, PowerMoves showcases and supports talented minority entrepreneurs, and connects them to a national network of capital, advisors and support.

IDEA Village

http://ideavillage.org/

Targeting under-served populations in New Orleans, IDEA Village offers support to early-stage entrepreneurs. The program includes training, mentoring, peer-to-peer learning, coaching from investment professionals and access to pro bono lawyers, bankers and other experts.

MAINE

Maine Angels

http://www.maineangels.org

The Maine Angels are accredited private equity investors who help entrepreneurs by investing in and mentoring early stage companies. Their goal is to make sound investments in promising New England entrepreneurs with an emphasis on Maine businesses.

Maine Center for Entreprenuerial Development

http://www.mced.biz

MCED is helping entrepreneurs re-invent the Maine economy by providing them with resources to build innovative world-class companies.  Over our 15+ years we have accelerated the growth of hundreds of companies, established the largest community of mentors in Maine, and continue to offer the very best training, advice and connections.

Maine Women’s Fund

http://www.mainewomensfund.org/

The Maine Women’s Fund is a public foundation that transforms the lives of Maine women and girls through strategic grantmaking, community engagement and support to nonprofit organizations dedicated to social change.

MARYLAND

SEED SPOT

https://seedspot.org

SEED SPOT is an organization deeply rooted in the community. A 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting all social entrepreneurs creating a product, service, or technology that improves lives or makes the world a better place. SEED SPOT supports entrepreneurs by surrounding them with the right access to resources, mentors, business fundamentals, community partners, capital sources, and anything they need to succeed.

Entrepreneur’s Exchange, Inc

http://www.eebiz.org

Entrepreneur’s Exchange, Inc is a non-profit organization located in Annapolis, Maryland. Its mission is to provide encouragement, support, education, information exchange and marketing exposure to business owners or individuals with the entrepreneurial spirit.

Maryland Capital

http://www.marylandcapital.org/

Maryland Capital Enterprises empowers businesses to grow, to create jobs and generate wealth on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and across the state of Maryland. MCE offers businesses access to the resources they need to start or grow their business.

MASSACHUSETTS

The Possible Project

https://possibleproject.org/

The Possible Project works to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in their students, developing the social-emotional skills necessary to work collaboratively and solve problems in a high-level career path. They guide students through a dynamic curriculum, including hands-on work experience and individualized career planning, to develop the personal qualities that predict future professional success.

Womentum

https://www.womentum.io

Womentum is a pay-it-forward nonprofit crowdfunding platform that enables anyone to donate to women entrepreneurs around the world.

MassChallenge

http://boston.masschallenge.org/

One of the world’s largest startup accelerators, MassChallenge supports high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with mentorship, office space, education, access to a vast network and other resources during four months of acceleration.

Venture Well

https://venturewell.org/

VentureWell developed the Accelerating Startup Partnerships and Investment Readiness (ASPIRE) program to focus on manufactured products. The organization supports the development of hardware innovations and ventures that bring those products to market.

MICHIGAN

Edward Lowe Foundation

edwardlowe.org

Initiatives are focused on second-stage companies — growth-oriented firms that have moved beyond  startup but haven’t yet reached maturity. Our peer learning, leadership education and strategic information programs are geared to help these companies continue growing. We also educate communities about the unique challenges second-stagers face, how to work with them — and how to develop the kind of culture they need to flourish.

Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs

http://www.mafedetroit.org/

(MAFE) is an award-winning nonprofit organization committed to supporting and promoting the economic growth and advancement of women entrepreneurs in Michigan.  MAFE supports the entrepreneurial development among women at all levels of entrepreneurship, from start-up to mature businesses.

Entrepreneur Institute

http://yourfoundationforbusiness.org

The Entrepreneur Institute of Mid-Michigan’s primary objective is to provide small businessed and entrepreneurs with, access to capital, business plan development training and networking opportunitites.  As an entrepreneurial resource for Ingham, Eaton, Clinton and Shiawassee Counties, we strive to economically strengthen the businesses, entrepreneurs and communities we serve.

MINNESOTA

Women Venture

https://www.womenventure.org

For more than three decades, WomenVenture has provided women of all ages, cultures, races and income levels with the tools and resources to achieve economic success through small business ownership.

Entrepreneur Fund

https://www.entrepreneurfund.org/

The Entrepreneur Fund, Inc. is a private nonprofit organization that provides financing and strategic support to help people starting or expanding a business in northeastern Minnesota.

The Northspan Group Inc.

http://www.northspan.org

The Northspan Group, Inc., is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and diversification of the economy in the upper Midwest. Northspan offers a full array of professional business and community development services.

MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi Small Business Development Center

http://www.mssbdc.org/

The MSBDC can be used to Register Your Business, Obtain a Business License and Tax Number, assist with Insurance and Legal Forms, and seek out Grants.  They operate as a partner with the Small Business Administration.

District Export Council

http://www.districtexportcouncil.org/

The District Export Councils contribute leadership and international trade expertise to complement the U.S. commercial service’s export promotion efforts through counseling businesses on the exporting process and conducting trade education and community outreach.

Mississippi Minority Business Alliance, INC.

https://mmba.us

The purpose of WBCM is to provide technical assistance to women entrepreneurs, both nascent and established who are primarily located in Mississippi. Their target market comprises of female entrepreneurs in all types of businesses; from startup to ground floor operations, to fully operational across the entire state of Mississippi.

MISSOURI

1 Million Cups

http://www.1millioncups.com

1 Million Cups is a free, national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.

Bunker Labs

https://bunkerlabs.org

Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation. Through local chapters organized in cities across the nation, Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military veterans start and grow businesses.

St. Louis Makes

http://stlouismakes.org

St. Louis Makes provides networking, education and analysis programs, which connect and train makers, inventors and manufacturing companies through best practices in product management, new product development and business development.

The Balsa Foundation

http://www.balsafoundation.org/

The BALSA Foundation’s mission is to promote social equity and prosperity in the St. Louis region by empowering first-time entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. They fulfill this mission by (1) maintaining an online, step-by-step guide to starting a business, (2) providing free feedback from experts to anyone with a business idea, (3) providing cash grants, mentorship, and donations of professional services to first time entrepreneurs who need and will benefit from them the most.

MONTANA

American Indian Business Leaders

http://www.aibl.org

AIBL is the only American Indian non-profit organization solely dedicated to empowering business students in the United States. The mission of AIBL is to increase the representation of American Indians and Alaska Natives in business and entrepreneurial ventures through education and leadership development opportunities.

Montana Women’s Entrepreneurs

http://montanawbc.org/

The Montana WBC is focused on providing confidential business counseling and training services to women entrepreneurs and is a critical resource to those who are economically or socially disadvantaged.

Powerhouse Montana

http://www.powerhousemt.org

PowerHouse Montana is a new initiative of the Women’s Foundation of Montana with two goals in mind: (1) connecting Montana women with the resources, mentors and opportunities they need to create thriving businesses and thriving lives, (2) increasing the number of Montana women in leadership by providing a go-to source for organizations and companies looking for their next CEO or board chair.

One Montana

http://onemontana.org

Montana Teenpreneur Challenge is an investment in Montana’s next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders. Developed by One Montana as an offshoot of the organization’s highly successful Rural-Urban Student and Entrepreneur Exchange program, Montana Teenpreneur Challenge is a statewide contest open to all high school students and designed to celebrate their skills as business developers, real-world problem solvers, and persuasive communicators.

NEBRASKA

The Start Center

http://startcenteromaha.org

The Start Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that uses economics to empower communities with long-term economic sustainability. We are an entrepreneurial and economic growth agency that welcomes all people from all walks of life.

Grow Nebraska

http://www.grownebraska.org

GROW Nebraska is a non-­profit organization. Our focus is developing a stronger landscape for entrepreneurship in Nebraska. GROW Nebraska™ started with 81 members and now has more than 400 members situated throughout the state.

Omaha Small Business Network

osbnbtc.org

Omaha Small Business Network is dedicated to bringing local small business owners, entrepreneurs and nonprofits the tools needed to become successful and sustainable entities.

NEVADA

Chicanos Por La Causa, LLC

https://www.cplc.org

As one of the largest nonprofits in the Southwest, they provide a hand-up, not a hand-out to help low-income and at-risk populations become self-sufficient. CPLC consistently pursues the development of programs and services key to the creation of sustainable economic opportunities. Provides economic opportunities for small and emerging businesses in Arizona and Nevada.

Latin Chamber of Commerce

http://lvlcc.com/

The Latin Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic group of business and community leaders that are focused on promoting Hispanic commerce, community, and culture in one of the top 20 largest cities in the United States.

Entrepreneurship Nevada

http://enevada.org

Entrepreneurship Nevada is bringing together passionate entrepreneurs to create a viable ecosystem. An ecosystem that creates and nourishes entrepreneurs and their ventures in Northern Nevada.

Entrepreneurs Assembly

http://ea-nv.org/

Entrepreneurs Assembly a Nevada not-for-profit corporation dedicated to Educating and Facilitating entrepreneurs in creating and growing their businesses.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Alpha Loft

http://alphaloft.org

Alpha Loft supports and provides resources to entrepreneurs, improving their prospects for successfully launching and scaling innovation-based businesses. Alpha Loft’s success means a strong entrepreneurial culture in NH, creating companies and high quality jobs. In addition to high value programming, events, advice, and mentoring, Alpha Loft has locations in Durham, Portsmouth, and Manchester where entrepreneurs can start and build their companies.

Center of Women’s Business Advancement

http://cwbanh.com/

Offers networking, technical assistance, training, and support to a diverse mix of women entrepreneurs and business owners in New Hampshire.

Center for Women & Enterprise

http://www.cweonline.org/

The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) works with the U.S. Small Business Administration in NH to help current and prospective women entrepreneurs start and grow their own businesses.

BizGen

http://biz-gen.org/

An entrepreneurship pitch competition for high school students designed to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs. Student teams are mentored by professionals and pitch to real entrepreneurs for prize money to get their ideas going!

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

https://www.nhcf.org

Strives to tap into the energy and resources of entrepreneurs, making philanthropy part of the DNA of doing business in New Hampshire. Our goal is to involve entrepreneurs, company management, employees, and investors in philanthropy as a way to support New Hampshire’s quality of life and the health of our communities for the long term.

NEW JERSEY

TiE New Jersey

http://njphilly.tie.org/

TiE is a non-profit, global community welcoming entrepreneurs from all over the world. We believe in the power of ideas to change the face of entrepreneurship and growing business through our five pillars; mentoring, networking, education, incubating and funding.

New Jersey Economic Development Authority

http://www.njeda.com

If you are a business in need of financing to grow in New Jersey, a not-for-profit organization seeking capital to expand community services, a municipality looking to attract a major corporation within your boundaries, or a developer requiring funds for a major redevelopment project, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) is ready to put its resources to work for you.

Northeast NJ SCORE

https://northeastnj.score.org/

Welcome to the Northeast NJ chapter of SCORE, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping emerging and existing small businesses maximize their potential for success.

NEW MEXICO

WESST

https://www.wesst.org/

WESST is a statewide small business development and training organization committed to growing New Mexico’s economy by cultivating entrepreneurship. They help businesses start, grow and thrive and can work with businesses at any stage of development, in a wide variety of industries. WESST has the tools, talent, and techniques to help New Mexico owners succeed.

FemCity

https://www.femcity.com

FemCity is the business hub for women locally and globally all immersed in positivity. We are an innovative community that catapults businesses to the next level while providing the support needed for small business owners. Whether you are starting out in business, have been in business for years or just thinking about going into business, we are here for you.

The National Center for Social Entrepreneurs

http://www.nationalcenterforsocialentrepreneurs.org

The National Center for Social Entrepreneurs mission is to increase the effectiveness and financial self-sufficiency of the nonprofit sector by helping nonprofits think and act in a more entrepreneurial manner, while maintaining a focus on their mission.

The Loan Fund

http://www.loanfund.org/

Private, not-for-profit alternative lender that works to improve the economic and social conditions of New Mexicans by providing loans, training, business consulting and mentoring to entrepreneurs, small-business owners, other non-profit organizations and Native American tribes and enterprises. We are the only alternative lender/Community Development Financial Institution in the state that makes loans to non-profit organizations.

New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA)

http://www.nmsbaprogram.org/

(NMSBA) Program allows New Mexico small businesses facing a technical challenge to access the unique expertise and capabilities of Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories. At no cost to the business, small businesses with a technical challenge can seek assistance from lab scientists or engineers for projects that require testing, design consultation and access to special equipment or facilities.

NEW YORK

Women’s Business Center at Canisius College

http://thewomensbusinesscenter.com

Empowers entrepreneurs to succeed through education, connections and community. There are multiple options to help you get what you need for your business at any stage. They do this by developing leaders, fostering opportunities, and building collaboration.

Comcast Ventures

http://www.comcastventures.com

Work with entrepreneurs who have ideas that will shift industries and impact the way people interact with their worlds. By combining the best characteristics of traditional venture funds with the technical insight, scale and experience of a strategic investor, CV offers a best-in-class value proposition for entrepreneurs, portfolio companies, partnering investors, and the Comcast family of companies.

StartOut Community

https://startout.org

StartOut connects LGBTQ entrepreneurs to empower great leaders and businesses. Learning, growing, sharing, and enriching your business is at the heart of StartOut’s mission. Their goal is to create jobs and prosperity for LGBTQ individuals and the local communities they contribute to, and to be recognized and respected for those efforts. StartOut’s main programs are networking, access to capital, mentorship, and education.

The Story Exchange

http://thestoryexchange.org

The Story Exchange is a nonprofit media organization dedicated to telling the personal and professional stories of women business owners — and to exploring the role of entrepreneurship in advancing women’s economic independence.

V-Wise

http://vwise.vets.syr.edu/

V-WISE provides a pathway into entrepreneurship for the under-served target audience of female veterans and military wives. It is led by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University.

NORTH CAROLINA

Bunker Labs

https://bunkerlabs.org

Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation. Through local chapters organized in cities across the nation, Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military veterans start and grow businesses.

FemCity

https://www.femcity.com

FemCity is the business hub for women locally and globally all immersed in positivity. We are an innovative community that catapults businesses to the next level while providing the support needed for small business owners. Whether you are starting out in business, have been in business for years or just thinking about going into business, we are here for you.

NORTH DAKOTA

Dakota Foundation

http://dakotafoundation.org

The Dakota Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 by A. Bart Holaday to focus his philanthropic efforts on initiatives that foster social entrepreneurship and enhance self-sufficiency initially in the states of North Dakota and New Mexico.

Center for Technology & Business

http://trainingnd.com

Building North Dakota’s economic future by fostering an entrepreneurial environment through innovation, technology, training, leadership and business development.

OHIO

Bunker Labs

https://bunkerlabs.org

Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation. Through local chapters organized in cities across the nation, Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military veterans start and grow businesses.

Cintrifuse

http://www.cintrifuse.com/

Cintrifuse is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) partnership that exists to build a sustainable tech-based economy for the Greater Cincinnati region. Their purpose is to advocate for entrepreneurs leading high-growth tech startups. Through the construction and maintenance of an Active Network of BigCos, universities, investors and startups, we are turning Cincinnati into the premier destination for startups ad innovation in the Midwest.

The Circuit

https://www.thecircuit.net/

The Circuit provides education, networking opportunities, an online sales channel, advocacy to government, and access to early-stage capital for its members and the entire IT community in our region.

Flywheel: Social Enterprise Hub

http://flywheelcincinnati.org

Flywheel: Social Enterprise Hub works alongside nonprofits to design sustainable enterprises and community leaders to create an ecosystem where they will thrive. Resources include the social accelerator Elevator.

Queen City Angels

http://www.qca.com

A group of experienced entrepreneurs, CEOs, and investors committed to helping the region’s entrepreneur ecosystem.

Bad Girl Ventures

http://www.badgirlventures.com/

Founded in 2010 as an educational and micro-finance non-profit organization, Bad Girl Ventures (BGV) is dedicated to inspiring and supporting female entrepreneurs in key areas of their business. BGV enables bold women to start and sustain well-managed and profitable businesses through our business education classes, guidance from mentors and coaches, and access to debt capital. BGV currently has offices in Cincinnati and Cleveland, OH.

Mortar

http://wearemortar.com/

MORTAR’s mission is to enable under-served entrepreneurs and businesses to succeed; creating opportunities to build communities through entrepreneurship. By targeting underserved and redeveloping communities, we’re offering these non-traditional entrepreneurs the opportunity to use their inherent talents to not just make a dollar, but to positively participate in the rise of Cincinnati. Mortar also offers Brick, a pop-up shop for entrepreneurs on Vine Street.

OKLAHOMA

Greater Oklahoma City

http://www.greateroklahomacity.com

GrowInOKC is a great resource for entrepreneurs in the greater Oklahoma City. GrowInOKC offers articles, business launch plans and framework, and planning tools to help new entrepreneurs in the process of launching their startup.

Oklahoma Small Business Development Center

http://www.osbdc.org/

The Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OSBDC) is the state’s business assistance network dedicated to facilitate growth for Oklahoma’s businesses. The center has helped over 150,000 businesses. It is led by State Director Bill Carter.

OREGON

World Pulse

https://www.worldpulse.com

A growing social network connecting over 25,000 people from 190 countries who are impacting more than 2.9 million lives and creating a world where all women thrive.

Asian Women In Business

http://www.awib.org

(AWIB) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization with the primary mission of assisting Asian women entrepreneurs and professionals. Over the years, AWIB, a dynamic organization, has expanded its mission to address issues affecting Asian Americans on the corporate level; and Asian women in the legal arena; and has established a scholarship program for undergraduates which promotes and rewards demonstrated leadership. AWIB also serves on various task forces and boards to promote the inclusion of minority and women owned businesses and professionals.

Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN)

www.oen.org

The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) is the largest entrepreneur assistance organization in the state of Oregon. OEN fosters the flow of entrepreneurial ideas, services, and capital to entrepreneurs and helps connect emerging Northwest businesses to growth-stimulating expertise and valuable resources.

Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME)

www.oame.org

Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME) is a non-profit, tax exempt organization with a mission to promote and develop entrepreneurship and economic development for ethnic minorities in the State of Oregon & SW Washington.

PENNSYLVANIA

Comcast Ventures

http://www.comcastventures.com

Work with entrepreneurs who have ideas that will shift industries and impact the way people interact with their worlds. By combining the best characteristics of traditional venture funds with the technical insight, scale and experience of a strategic investor, CV offers a best-in-class value proposition for entrepreneurs, portfolio companies, partnering investors, and the Comcast family of companies.

Bunker Labs

https://bunkerlabs.org

Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation. Through local chapters organized in cities across the nation, Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military veterans start and grow businesses.

Young Entrepreneurs Society

http://www.justsay-yes.org

The mission is to create the next generation of financially literate entrepreneurs through educational training, professional guidance, and long-term mentoring.

Women’s Business Development Center

http://www.womensbdc.org

Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) fosters the development and retention of successful businesses by delivering resources that enable individuals to start new businesses and grow existing ones. While the center is dedicated to the economic empowerment of women, the services are open to all individuals.

RHODE ISLAND

Práctico Innovation

http://practicoinnovation.com

We believe that 21st century business challenges require ideas that solve real business problems with real world solutions. Práctico Innovation is a private company structured to discover creative and practical innovative ideas often hidden in plain sight communities of underrepresented entrepreneurs. Linking science and technology to these ideas, allows for current business owners and entrepreneurs in these communities to achieve growth and profitability.

FemCity

https://www.femcity.com

FemCity is the business hub for women locally and globally all immersed in positivity. We are an innovative community that catapults businesses to the next level while providing the support needed for small business owners. Whether you are starting out in business, have been in business for years or just thinking about going into business, we are here for you.

Rhode Island Commodores

http://www.ricommodores.com

Rhode Island Commodores are a non-profit, non-partisan organization with the purpose “to assist and stimulate economic enterprise within Rhode Island by direct action through education, economic promotion and hospitality.” Their mission is to focus on the cooperation and promotion of resources within Rhode Island.

Center for Women & Enterprise

www.cweonline.org

The Center for Women & Enterprise is a nationally known nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people start and grow their businesses. CWE has worked with more than 30,200 Massachusetts and Rhode Island entrepreneurs since 1995. They provide opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase professional success, personal growth and financial independence.

RI SCORE

https://ri.score.org/

Rhode Island SCORE is one of the 364 Chapters  of the national SCORE organization  that operate under the auspices of the SBA. Their mission as volunteers is to share our cross-industry expertise to mentor the small companies of Rhode Island and surrounding region in the best practices of all facets of business management.

SOUTH CAROLINA

FemCity

https://www.femcity.com

FemCity is the business hub for women locally and globally all immersed in positivity. We are an innovative community that catapults businesses to the next level while providing the support needed for small business owners. Whether you are starting out in business, have been in business for years or just thinking about going into business, we are here for you.

SC Women’s Business Center

http://www.c4women.org

The South Carolina Women’s Business Center (SCWBC) program seeks to promote and encourage economic security and self-reliance for women and families through entrepreneurial instruction and financial education.  This program provides confidential one-on-one business coaching, training workshops and networking opportunities for women entrepreneurs at all levels.

The South Caroline Commission for Minority Affairs

http://cma.sc.gov/minority-business-support/

The CMA’s Micro-Business Development Program supports the expansion of micro-businesses as a means to foster economic prosperity among ethnic minorities.

Minority Business Development Center Agency

http://www.columbiambdacenter.com/

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center assists Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) that generate a minimum of $1M in annual revenue with access to contracts and capital, strategic business counseling, export-readiness, and marketing.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Enterprise Institute

http://www.sdei.org/

The Enterprise Institute is a private, non-profit corporation that provides customized business development, commercialization, and market research services to entrepreneurs, inventors, and startup companies in South Dakota. Our mission is to assist South Dakota’s emerging growth entrepreneurs.

Face it Together

http://www.wefaceittogether.org

A team of social entrepreneurs who reject the status quo and bring a meaningful and sustainable solution to our nation’s top public health crisis.

South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity

http://www.bhsu.edu/sdceo/Home.aspx

Provides business assistance and training to current and prospective entrepreneurs, from start up to expansion, to foster economic development in SD. While services are available to all those interested in entrepreneurship, there is a special emphasis on women, women veterans, Native Americans, socially and/or economically disadvantaged and youth entrepreneurs.

Small Business Innovation Research

https://www.sbir.gov/

Provides increased opportunities for small businesses to meet federal research and development needs, increase employment, foster and encourage participation in technological innovation by socially and economically disadvantaged persons, increase private-sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal research and development.

South Dakota Community Foundation

https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/

Promotes philanthropy and receives and administers charitable gifts and invests in a wide range of programs promoting the social and economic wellbeing of South Dakotans.

TENNESSEE

Bunker Labs

https://bunkerlabs.org

Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation. Through local chapters organized in cities across the nation, Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military veterans start and grow businesses.

The Society of Entrepreneurs

http://www.soememphis.com/

The organization’s purpose is to promote the general welfare of the community, contribute to the public good, and foster education. The Society of Entrepreneurs supports the creation, development, and implementation of programs that encourage the efforts of entrepreneurs in businesses, and in local, national and international communities.

Launch Tennessee

http://launchtn.org/

Launch Tennessee’s goal is to make our state the best place in the Southeast to start and grow a business. LT works to foster collaboration among entrepreneurs, the business community, capital sources and all other stakeholders necessary for growing new businesses.

Northwest TN Entrepreneur Center http://www.ntecconnect.com The Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center (NTEC), a 501(c)(3) organization in Martin, Tennessee, hosts programs designed to focus on innovation, commercialization, investment, technology, and entrepreneurship in Northwest Tennessee.

TEXAS

StartOut Community

https://startout.org

StartOut connects LGBTQ entrepreneurs to empower great leaders and businesses. Learning, growing, sharing, and enriching your business is at the heart of StartOut’s mission. Their goal is to create jobs and prosperity for LGBTQ individuals and the local communities they contribute to, and to be recognized and respected for those efforts. StartOut’s main programs are networking, access to capital, mentorship, and education.

Forté Foundation

http://www.fortefoundation.org

Forté Foundation is a non-profit consortium of leading companies and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities, and a community of successful women.

Bunker Labs

https://bunkerlabs.org

Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation. Through local chapters organized in cities across the nation, Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military veterans start and grow businesses.

UTAH

Mentors International

https://mentorsinternational.org

The mission is to make a lasting difference in your life by helping you serve those in extreme poverty in a self-sustaining way through business training, character development, and financial services.

VERMONT

Business and Professional Women-Vermont

http://www.vermontbpw.org/

(BPW) promotes full participation, equity and economic self-sufficiency for working women through advocacy, education and information. They elevate the standards for women in business and in the professions. Promote the interest of business and professional women. Bring about a spirit of cooperation among business and professional women of the United States, and extend opportunities to business and professional women through education along the lines of industrial, scientific and vocational activities.

Burlington Young Professionals

http://www.vermont.org

The BYP’s mission is to help revitalize Vermont’s economy and society based on the founding principle that people are at the heart of what makes businesses and communities work well.

Launch VT

http://www.launchvt.com

LaunchVT provides resources and exposure opportunities for your business. We are one piece of a thriving ecosystem here in Vermont, and we encourage you to seek out as many partners and opportunities for connection as you can. We have provided additional resources in Vermont to help you grow your business or get your idea started.

Vermont Venture Network

http://www.vermontventurenetwork.org

Vermont Venture Network (VVN) is the place to find your one-stop calendar for all events of interest to all participants in the Vermont entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Mercy Connections

http://mercyconnections.org

Mercy Connections is an educational values-driven non-profit organization living the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy with an enduring concern for women. By compassionately nurturing self sufficiency through education, mentoring and community, people are empowered to make significant life changes.

Vermont Community Loan Fund

http://www.investinvermont.org/

The Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF) is an organization that offers loans to community-based nonprofit organizations, affordable housing projects, community-wide economic development strategies, businesses that use Vermont’s resources, and businesses located in Burlington’s Old North End. The VCLF also provides financial consultation and development services to ensure that borrowers have all the resources they may need to achieve their goals.

VIRGINIA

FINCA International

http://www.finca.org

For over 30 years, FINCA has provided millions of low-income people access to loans and other financial services. The empowerment of women is one of FINCA’s core commitments and part of our vision for the future. We are dedicated to ensuring we measure our progress on reaching women with life-changing financial services.

Community Business Partnership

http://www.cbponline.org

Community Business Partnership, CBP is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization working in collaboration with a number of local, regional and national organizations to promote small business growth in our communities.

Virginia SBDC

http://www.virginiasbdc.org/

The Virginia SBDC Network is the largest and most effective provider of customized counseling and education for small businesses in the Commonwealth. You can meet in private with a certified business analyst to discuss your specific issues. Or you can attend small-group trainings for in-depth presentations on critical management topics.

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

https://www.nfte.com

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures.

WASHINGTON

Community Empowerment Network (CEN)

http://www.endruralpoverty.org/

Community Empowerment Network (CEN) is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that fosters grassroots community development and sustainable livelihoods by empowering communities and their residents to break the cycle of poverty.

Black Dot

http://www.blackdotunion.com/

Black Dot is a culturally responsive community for Black entrepreneurs. They Provide space, knowledge, and support for creatives to operate and grow their business

WEST VIRGINIA

The EdVenture Group

http://www.theedventuregroup.org

The EdVenture Group has managed over $11 million in federal, state, and private funds to produce and deliver education and business projects, programs, and workshops for over a decade. These programs have included youth leadership initiatives, life balance restoration programs, innovative education programs centered on 21st Century Skills, and many more.

The Hub West Virginia

http://wvhub.org

The Hub, has worked in dozens of communities to coach community members through a process that helps them identify leaders and assets; develop plans and set goals; and connect with a wide network of resources to meet those goals. The Hub’s work in communities has contributed to revitalizing communities such as Buckhannon, Thomas, Shinnston, Grafton, Matewan and others.

The Lemelson Foundation

http://www.lemelson.org/

Placing a special focus on entrepreneurs who are also inventors, the Lemelson Foundation draws attention to accomplished inventors, mentors young inventors, and distributes information that emphasizes the relevance of inventors and their inventions in our society.

WISCONSIN

Bunker Labs

https://bunkerlabs.org

Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation. Through local chapters organized in cities across the nation, Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military veterans start and grow businesses.

Capital Entrepreneurs

http://www.capitalentrepreneurs.com

Capital Entrepreneurs acts as the “social fabric” that connects the Madison entrepreneurial community through our networking and social events.

Wisconsin Economic Development Association

http://www.weda.org/

WEDA is Wisconsin’s Voice for Economic Development. Our statewide association is a 420+ member organization whose primary objective is to increase the effectiveness of individuals involved in the practice of economic development in Wisconsin

WYOMING

Wyoming SBDC Network

http://www.wyomingsbdc.org/

The Wyoming SBDC Network is a partnership between the University of Wyoming (UW), the Wyoming Business Council (WBC), and the U.S. Small Business Administration offering an enormous amount of business expertise and specialties to help you think about, launch, grow, reinvent, or exit your business.

Wyoming Women’s Business Center

http://www.wyomingwomen.org/

Through business counseling and training, the Wyoming Women’s Business Center (WWBC) provides current and prospective women business owners with the resources to solve their business challenges.