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Top Business Women Organizations, Programs and Foundations

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There are many organizations and foundations that help women. Usually, their goal is to help women attend college, get a job, get free daycare, and/or deal with emotional or physical abuse. However, there are also many organizations that empower women to start successful businesses. Typically, they offer professional networking, education and training, and/or business facilities or centers that can be used.

Here are some of the top organizations:

* American Business Women's Association (ABWA): This organization brings together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.

* Business and Professional Women (BPW) International: the most influential international networks of business and professional women with affiliates in 95 countries in five continents. They offer personal development programs for members such as mentoring, leadership training and e-Business training.

* Black Girls Code: This program's vision is to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.

* Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA): an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that promotes the growth of minority and women-owned business through the mobilization and advancement of public and private sector programs, policy, and research. Their goal is to link such businesses with the capital, contracts, and markets they need to grow.

* Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC): the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. Their mission is to fuel economic growth globally through access to opportunities, by identifying, certifying and facilitating development of women-owned businesses.

* DigitalUNdivided (DID): This organization leads high potential Black and Latinx women founders through the startup pipeline - from the beginning of the startup funnel (idea) into the innovation ecosystem. Their work falls into three primary areas: incubate, research, and community. They have already built 52 companies, invested $25 million, and created more than 2,000 founders of new companies.

* Association of Women's Business Centers (WBCs): works to secure economic justice and entrepreneurial opportunities for women by supporting and sustaining a national network of more than 100 Women’s Business Centers (WBC). These centers help women succeed in business by providing training, mentoring, business development, and financing opportunities to over 145,000 women entrepreneurs each year.

* Girl Develop It: Provides affordable and judgment-free opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development. Through in-person classes and community support, women of diverse backgrounds can achieve their technology goals, build confidence in their careers and their every day lives, and improve their business and leadership skills.

* National Association of Professional Women (NAPW): This vibrant networking community provides a personal forum for women entrepreneurs to promote their business, product or service, share ideas and expand their network. Chapter Presidents often invite guest speakers to Chapter meetings, enriching the breadth and depth of each other's professional knowledge.

* SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership: Administered by the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), the Office of Women’s Business Ownership’s mission is to enable and empower women entrepreneurs through advocacy, outreach, education and support. Through the management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, entrepreneurs, especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged, are offered comprehensive training and counseling on a vast array of topics in many languages to help them start and grow their own businesses.

* National Women's Business Council (NWBC): a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. The Council is the government’s only independent voice for women entrepreneurs.

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