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Key Takeaways

  • Joining networking organizations can help you make valuable connections to support your success.
  • Group memberships may provide perks including educational workshops and discounts on travel and business services.
  • Professional organizations exist for women at every stage of business ownership. Keep looking until you find a group that provides the support you need.

Joining a professional organization can help you build your skills, uncover sales opportunities, and learn about tools that improve efficiency. The peers you meet through networking may also have advice to help you solve your latest challenges.

Instead of asking yourself if you can spare the time to network, consider whether you can afford not to. Even if you’ve been in business for many years, connecting with peers can give you the ideas and resources you need to thrive.

Explore these groups for women-owned firms:

  • Women’s Business Centers: This Small Business Administration (SBA) initiative offers mentoring and training at sites throughout the U.S. It provides women at every stage of business ownership with resources and guidance for refining strategy, increasing profitability and obtaining financing. Check the website for a chapter near you.
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council: This membership organization is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the country. The certification process confirms that a business is primarily owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women, enabling these firms to access opportunities reserved for women-owned organizations.
  • Ellevate Network: Members of this networking group can participate in in-person and online events focused on business growth, brand-building, work-life balance and more. The organization also manages a fund that invests in companies run by women or that have women in senior leadership roles. A portion of membership dues are invested in the fund.
  • National Association of Women Business Owners: Along with networking opportunities, this membership organization offers access to online training and discounts on travel, software and other business tools. The group also offers resources and training to advocate on issues affecting business owners.

What to remember

Joining a networking group can help you build skills and relationships that strengthen your business and make you a more effective leader. Make time to research and participate in at least one group, just as you would carve out time for other important tasks.

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