Earlier this week, we shared what an exciting time it is for women-owned businesses. But we also discovered how much room there is for improvement and growth. These resources are designed to bring the ladyboss to full strength.

Golden Seeds invests in women-owned businesses, especially in their early stages where growth potential is at its maximum. Loretta McCarthy, Managing Partner of Golden Seeds, has a positive view of women-owned businesses and their likelihood of attracting investors, “This is a good time as a woman to start a business and seek funding. The world is tuned into the fact that if they’re not listening to women-led businesses, they’re missing out on great opportunities.”

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council offers certification to ladyboss businesses. This is not just a piece of paper to hang on the wall. A certification from WBENC opens doors to economic growth and opportunities for female entrepreneurs.

If you’re looking for a wide range of resources in one place, these are the most comprehensive places to visit:

The Small Business Administration has a site specifically aimed toward helping women grow their businesses, including the Office of Women’s Business Ownership and local Women’s Business Centers.

The Story Exchange offers a “Entrepreneur Toolbox” that lists funding, networking, and business resources for women. To add your story to their arsenal, visit their form!

As you peruse these sites, you’ll see that many resources like the Women’s Funding Network bolster women from the root, helping us to raise girls to ladyboss levels worldwide. But few resources specifically grant or loan actual, countable cash to women in the business arena. This isn’t intended as a sales plug, but small, non-traditional lenders, like ourselves, are the most likely to provide quick and easy funding to female entrepreneurs.

As Sheryl Sandburg says, “We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.”

 

Recommended Reading

Shark Tales: How I Turned $1000 into a Billion Dollar Business by Barbara Corcoran