Small Business Administration (SBA)
The U.S. Small Business Administration through the Office of Womens Business Ownership provides grant funding and support for the BrightBridge Women’s Business Center.
Appalachian Regional Commission
ARC provides grant funding through the Start$mart program to provide outreach, education and training to new and existing entrepreneurs through seminars and individual counseling sessions in the Tennessee counties of Grundy, Meigs, Bledsoe, Bradley, Marion, McMinn, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie.
National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
This national womens business owner membership organization promotes personal and professional growth through leadership training and development, developing mentoring relationships with successful women in similar businesses, and opportunities for networking.
Online Womens Business Center
The U.S. Small Business Administration provides this website for women in business to access information concerning business principles and practices, federal contracts, international trade opportunities, networking, technology training, management techniques, market research, and technical assistance.
Procurement Marketing and Access Network (PRO-Net)
Pro-Net is a U.S. Small Business Administration program that is an electronic gateway of procurement information for and about small businesses. It is a search engine for contracting officers, a marketing tool for small firms and a link” to procurement opportunities and important information. The site is designed to be a virtual one-stop-procurement-shop. Pro-Net is an Internet-based database of information on more than 195,000 small, disadvantaged, 8(a), HUBZone, and women-owned businesses. It is open to all small firms seeking federal, state and private contracts.
Angel Capital Electronic Network (ACE-Net)
ACE-Net is a nationwide secure Internet database listing that provides information to angel investors (small investors) on small, dynamic, growing businesses seeking $250,000 to $5 million in equity financing. In addition, ACE-Net provides ongoing training and research to enhance the business skills of entrepreneurs and small investors. It was developed with the guidance of experienced angels, SBICs and VCs to promote the access of entrepreneurs to seed and startup capital and to enhance the role of smaller investors in the venture capital market.
National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC)
NWBOC is a national not-for-profit corporation that was the first organization to launch a national certification program for woman owned and controlled businesses. As a result, this certification provides women suppliers the opportunity to compete in the procurement process of private businesses and governmental agencies. Over 200 private and public agencies now accept NWBOC certification.
Chattanooga Business Development Center Small Business Incubator
The Chattanooga Business Development Center is the largest business incubator in the Southeast and ranks among the top six percent of all business incubators in the US, based on square footage and number of companies served. Since the center began operating in 1988, 85 percent of its tenants have made a success of their businesses. The center, which is located in a 125,000-square-foot facility, offers below commercial rate rental space for offices and manufacturing, support services and counseling. Tenants also have access to the services of the Small Business Resource Center and the Small Business Development Center, both located within the center facility.
Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
The U.S. Small Business Administration sponsors this program which exists in each state to provide basic business counseling and management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer individual counseling, conduct seminars and training sessions, sponsor conferences, provide information electronically as well as in person and by telephone, and, in general, assist anyone seeking advice about operating a small business. The SBDCs in the region served by the Southeast Women’s Business Center are:
North Carolina www.sbtdc.org
Tennessee Small Business Development Center (Chattanooga)
Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE)
The Service Corp of Retired Executives is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration that is dedicated to aiding in the formation, growth, and success of small businesses nationwide. SCORE members provide free counseling, advising and mentoring to aspiring entrepreneurs and current business owners.
National Women’s Business Council (NWBC)
The National Women’s Business Council is a bi-partisan Federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. Its mission is to promote bold initiatives, policies and programs designed to support women’s business enterprises at all stages of development in the public and private sector marketplaces, from start-up to success to significance.