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- ADVERTISING, BRANDING & PROMOTION
- MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS SUPPORT
- BUSINESS LISTS
- CATALOG & INTERNET MARKETING
- LEGAL RESOURCES
- LIABILITY INSURANCE
- NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS & LABEL CONTENT
- INGREDIENT ASSISTANCE
- PRODUCE MARKETING
- QUALITY ISSUES
- UNIFORM PRODUCT CODE
- RESOURCES FOR WOMEN AND MINORITY ENTREPRENUERS
- FREELANCE WORK
Rogers-Suleski and Associates
Contact: Carl Lindblad
464 Hillside Road
Needham, MA 02494
Contact: Rebekah Collinsworth
533 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403
email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: accountfully.com
Accountfully is an outsourced accounting and bookkeeping team that focuses on working with CPG clients and food entrepreneurs. Our team reviews and discusses their inventory and financials on a regular basis so they know when it’s time to fulfill orders, test new sales channels, and restock inventory. We standardize SKUs, report on cash flow, assist in the collections process and account for MCBs, trade discounts and other fees discounted from retailer and distributor relationships.
Primary Focus: Bookkeeping, accounting, tax prep, and strategic financial growth
A La Carte Connections
Contact: Rachel Zemser, MS, CCS
email: email@example.com; Website: theintrepidculinologist.com
Primary Focus: As Founder and CEO of A La Carte Connections, LLC, Rachel travels throughout the U.S. working with both large and small startup companies. She assists them with their food science and R&D. Rachel is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists and the Restaurant Chefs Association. Rachel knows specialty food processing (making, producing, manufacturing)! And she is a proud Sponsor of Food Entrepreneur Magazine.
Contact: Richard Gray
150 Central Park South, Suite 3210
New York, NY 10019-1566
212-247-1800; Fax: 212-247-2231
email: firstname.lastname@example.org: Website: arichinc.com
Primary Focus: Arich is one of the country’s leading strategy organizations focusing on direct-to-consumer marketing programs and business model development for mid-sized businesses.
Contact: Mimi Fix, author, instructor, consultant
email: Mimi@BakingFix.com; Website: BakingFix.com
Primary Focus: Baking Fix has thirty years of experience in home and commercial baking, and operating home-based businesses and retail storefronts. Our advice is built upon experience and basic business principles. We have an excellent understanding of the type of baking you do and can suggest many ways to ease your schedule while increasing your profit.
• new food entrepreneurs
• test kitchen, recipe and product development
• production issues, troubleshooting, solutions to everyday problems
Bang Pound Dot, LLC
Contact: Coline LeConte
15732 Los Gatos Blvd. #443
Los Gatos, CA 95032
email: email@example.com; Website: bangpounddot.com
Primary focus: Brand. Package. Develop. Bang Pound Dot is an all-inclusive brand, design and development agency specializing in companies who produce specialty foods and beverages.
Bayview Consulting Group LLC
Contact: Michael J. Fougere, Principal
2113 Castillo Street Unit B
Santa Barbara CA, 93105
843-467-7032; Website: bayviewconsultinggroup.com
Primary Focus: Bayview Consulting Group is The Outsourced Operations Experts. From kitchen to commercialization and beyond, we have over 20+ years building successful business strategies using Contract Manufacturers and Third Party Logistics providers. Our areas of expertise include Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Quality, Regulatory Compliance and Certifications with an entrepreneurial spirited client base from start-ups through early-stage companies.
Contact: John Roberts
Carlsbad, CA 92009
email: JRoberts@BlackpointManagement.com; Website: BackPointManagement.com
Primary Focus: Serving specialty food and beverage marketers with analysis, advice, planning, and execution.
– Expand your capabilities
– Identify opportunities
– Develop action plans
– Increase sales and profits
Deb Mazzaferro (aka Coach Maz) is the go-to-sales and marketing strategist in the specialty food industry. With her single-minded attention to revenue growth, she has consulted with over 160 companies on all facets of building and sustaining highly profitable specialty food products.
Backed by a successful career as a National Sales Manager, she expertly guides companies in establishing a results-oriented sales process that meets or exceeds industry standards.
Using Deb’s unique team building approach, her clients can implement an ideal strategy that delivers all the desired financials with an action plan specifically designed for their product and resources.
Deb has perfected a unique 2-day workshop that unites all stakeholders and aligns their roles. This proprietary approach was perfected as she completed an intense Gestalt coach training program accredited by the International Coaching Federation. Coach Maz acknowledges: “This extensive two-year accreditation was the best thing that I ever did for my clients and myself. It showed me how to ensure my clients had the tools to stay on the path to success. Most specialty foods start off with great intentions, but the majority fall off the tracks without the focus to unite the entire team along with the business’s objectives and the primary goal of revenue generation.”
Coach Maz has been a featured speaker at many major specialty food events including the Specialty Food Association’s Fancy Food Shows, The Vermont Specialty Food Association, The Virginia Department of Ag Specialty Food Summit and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise conferences.
Her latest book, “Have the Most Successful Tradeshow Ever” is an industry bible and available at Growing Your Specialty Food Business.
She plays the links with a 22 handicap, with many enjoying her contributions at the 19th hole. Purely for fun she is both a Sommelier and an accomplished cook.
You can reach Coach Maz at Deb@CoachMaz.com or 941-359-8599 for a free one-hour consultation or go to www.CoachMaz.co to learn more.
Empire Marketing Network, Inc.
Contact: Mark Lichter
12079 Long Lake Drive
Owings Mill, MD 21117
410-581-1139: Fax: 40-581-5391
email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: empiremarketingnetwork.net
Primary Focus: Cost effective guidance that will generate new business and manage established customer bases. Our marketing knowledge and credibility, and our broker and distributor relationships, are an invaluable asset.
Primary Focus: Online costing program designed for start-up food entrepreneurs. This company provides food processors, beverage makers, restaurant operators and caterers with valuable insight into all their production costs to help them make better business decisions.
Food and Drink Resources, LLC
Contact: Scott Randolph and Zach Calkins
6555 South Kenton Street, Suite 302
Centennial, CO 80111
email: contactFDR@foodanddrinkresources.com; Website: foodanddrinkresources.com
• New Product Screening and Qualification
• Focus Groups
• Product Sensory testing
• Trend Data
• Insights Generation and Concept Feedback
• Ideate and Iterate with FDR Chefs
Contact: David Hill
4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd. #739
Portland, OR 97214
Primary focus: Food Methods helps food entrepreneurs to overcome the complexity of cost management solutions, regulatory compliance services, training, and other business resources.
Good Egg Marketing
Contact: Myrna Greenfield
32 Cheshire Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 0230
email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Primary Focus: Good Egg Marketing helps good businesses grow. We provide business and marketing services for small and mid-sized start-ups, farms, and food entrepreneurs. We specialize in business coaching, market research, branding, strategy, and online marketing.
Contact: Michael Graley
Whittier, California 90609
email: email@example.com; Website: graleymarketing.com
Primary Focus: Graley Marketing covers the entire retail markets for over 35 years. Our primary focus is building standing business and relationships. They cover the Hawaiian marketplace.
Hope DeLong & Associates, LLC
Contact: Hope DeLong
707 Presidential Drive
Boynton Beach, FL 33435-2431
561-309-7098; Office: 561-336-4040; Fax: 561-737-0762
email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: hopedelong.com
Primary Focus: A full-service product development company, providing comprehensive or selected services to start up food manufacturers. Over 24 years of experience in food product development, scale-up, and production start-ups. Full-service marketing and strategic planning nationwide.
Hurley Associates Growth Partners
Contact: Sean Hurley
Primary Focus: We have a proven process for growing companies from any stage. We analyze your company, quickly determine the viability of your products, and work with you to achieve success. Save time, money and access industry expertise.
Katz Marketing Solutions
Contact: Tammy Katz, CEO & Founder
295 South Dawson Avenue
Columbus, OH 43209
email: email@example.com; Website: katzmarketingsolutions.com
Primary Focus: Offers brand development and marketing and has revitalized numerous Fortune 500 brands. Services offered include brand positioning and distribution, channel management, licensing, marketing planning and staffing and new product development.
Contact: Jonathan Raduns
Office: 856-344-5680; Direct: 585-750-0182
email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: merchandisefood.com
Primary Focus: We advise specialty food retailers, independent grocery stores, farm markets, and butcher shops grow profitably through improved merchandising strategy, new products, and general retail and operations consulting.
Natural Products Consulting Institute
Contact: Bob Burke
8 Cobblestone Lane
Andover, MA 01810
978-975-9902; Fax: 978-975-4502
email: email@example.com; Website: naturalconsulting.com
Primary Focus: Bringing natural, organic and specialty to market across most categories and all classes of trade. Please see www.naturalconsulting.com. Also, conducts sales, financing and operations seminars and networking events. Publish the Natural Products Field Manual and Sales Manager’s Handbook.
On The Shelf Food Business Consulting
Contact: Jill Beaman and Susan Denzer
email Jill@otsfoodconsulting.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Primary focus: On The shelf is a boutique consulting company supporting specialty food entrepreneurs in bringing products to market. We are a team of creative food business consultant with experience in recipe development and commercialization and have worked with clients in every food category on the shelf. Whether a concept, proved recipe or somewhere in between, we assist clients across the country in getting their products market ready.t
Parker Development, Inc.
Contact: Jack Parker, CFS
288 Newton Sparta Road
Newton, NJ 07860
email: email@example.com; Website:pdifoods.com
• Product Development
• Packaging Development
• Allergen Testing/Laboratory Analysis
• Shelf Life Testing
• Ingredient Sourcing
• Equipment needs
• Distribution Assistance
• Kosher and Halal issues
• Labeling Compliance
Contact: Scott Sanders, Client Partner
24 Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110
email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: revenuearchitects.com
Primary focus: Designing strategies, systems, and programs to help companies deliver predictable revenue. Our work is supported by pricing research, trade promotion analysis and optimization, and general business measurement. We use scanner data our clients provide from Nielsen/IRI/SPINS and also conduct custom survey research to provide consumer-driven insights.
Sage Food Group
Contact: Tim Sullivan
PO Box 1597
Grass Valley, CA 95945
email: email@example.com; Website:sagefoodgroup.com
Tim Sullivan of Sage Food Group has 20 years experience running an FDA-inspected specialty food manufacturing plant. He works with startups, emerging and established companies.
His real-world experience includes:
• Branded products
• Product development
• Ingredient and packaging sourcing
• Distributor economics
• Goals Assessment: What do you want to achieve? Is your concept viable?
• Cost of Goods Sold (COGS): The foundation for a profitable business.
• Production: Methods and efficiencies.
• Increasing Sales: Where, how and at what cost?
• Industry Advisor: We act as your navigator, answer your questions and provide experience-based guidance.
Small Food Business
Contact: Jenifer Lewis
email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: smallfoodbiz.com
Primary Focus: Consulting and coaching including:
• Coaching & Consulting.
• e-Books & Quick Reference Guides.
• Cost & Pricing Tools.
• Webinars and On Demand Online Classes.
The Condiment Marketing Company
Contact: Sara Lancaster
Denver, CO 80237
email: email@example.com; Website: condimentmarketing.com
Primary Focus: We make food brands look BIG on the web and appealing to retailers. Our team specializes in online content creation and marketing — think blogging, email marketing, social media and food blogger/media outreach.
The Food Startups
Contact: Jeff Ostlund, CEO
300 Rolling Oaks Drive #283
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: thefoodstartups.com
Note: This company addresses multiple business development challenges including broker relationships, brand and design development, co-packing assistance, direction and fulfillment, packaging design, and package/label assistance and compliance.
Primary Focus: This company specializes in conventional, organic, non-gmo, gluten-free, and keto products ideal for the natural food industry. We focus on launching new innovative products so we do small runs as well as large, source ingredients if necessary, and manage production runs to make sure the product is produced with quality and efficiency. We are experts on launching brands for customers of all sizes. We also offer project management that includes, but not limited to recipe development, graphic design, packaging, sourcing, logistics, marketing, and even sales for e-commerce, Amazon, and retail. Reach out and let them help you launch and/or produce your product efficiently.
Specialties: dried goods, snack, cookies, bars, and bites.
The Launching Pad & Company
Contact: Carol Coutrier
P.O. Box 34
Groton, MA 01450
email: email@example.com; Website: thelaunchingpadandcompany.com
TRM Food Consultants
Contact: Toni Manning
P.O. Box 339
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website trmfoodconsultants.us
Primary Focus: Label review for regulatory compliance of FDA food products, product development / Problem solving for sauces and condiments and assistance with Food Safety concerns. We specialize in small and start-up companies.
ADVERTISING, BRANDING & PROMOTION
DINE – The Food and Drink Agency
Contact: Chris Cornyn, Principal
1501 Mariposa Street, Suite 428
San Francisco, CA 94110
Primary Focus: Food Marketing Specialists, Branding, Packaging & Marketing for Food & Drink.
Paper Moon Creative
Contact: Ranee Ruble-Dotts
1001 SE Water Avenue, Suite 225
Portland, OR 97214
email: email@example.com; Website: papermooncreative.com
Primary Focus: This company has the understanding and experience to create successful and compliant branding for start-up companies.
MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS SUPPORT
Food Biz Startup
Food Biz Startup is a virtual learning center designed for the food business entrepreneur and practitioners.
503-407-6959; Website: Foodbizstartup.net
Chad Braithwaite Faces Photography
656 East 11400 South, Suite M
Draper, UT 84020
email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: faces-photo.com
FastTrac National Headquarters
Kansas City, MO 64110
800-689-1740; Fax: (816) 235-6216; For orders/customer service: 877-450-9800
FastTrac is a comprehensive entrepreneurship-educational program that provides entrepreneurs with business insights, leadership skills, and professional networking connections so they are prepared to create a new business or expand an existing enterprise. The nine FastTrac programs include practical, hands-on business development programs and workshops for existing and aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as entrepreneurship curricula for college students. FastTrac is designed to help entrepreneurs hone the skills needed to create, manage, and/or grow successful businesses.
Contact: Susan H. Burness, APR, President
9597 Jones Road #349
Houston, TX 77065
832-912-7879; mobile 713-598-2904
email: email@example.com. Website: inkspark.net
Primary focus: Business writing & public relations
Northeast Center for Food Entrepreneurship (NECFE) at Cornell University
New York State Food Venture Center
Cornell University NYS Agricultural Experiment Station
630 W. North Street
Geneva, NY 14456
email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: necfe.foodscience.cals.cornell.edu
The Resource Center provides access to information about :
- Equipment for the food processing business
- Business and marketing basics
- Terms and definitions common in the food processing industry
- Regulatory information
- Links to trade groups and agencies associated with the food production industry
NECFE business and marketing services and NECFE offer product-processing development services
NXLevel Training Network
800-873-9378; Fax: 800-860-0522
email: email@example.com; Website: nxlevel.org
The NxLeveL Entrepreneurial Training Programs are practical, hands-on business development courses designed to help entrepreneurs advance their skills in starting, growing, and managing their business. NxLeveL classes are offered throughout the United States through the NxLeveL Training Network®. The NxLeveL Training Network is a group of organizations engaged in entrepreneurial training, the purpose of which is to develop the best training curricula possible and to share best practices among network partners, including effective operational, funding, and management strategies.
Pennsylvania State University Food Entrepreneur Resources
email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: foodsafety.cas.psu.edu/processor/resources.htm
Primary focus: This resource offers an extensive listing of links that can answer your questions about starting a food processing business.
Contact: Rhonda Abrams
555 Bryant Street, #180
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Primary focus: Our mission is to be the number one provider of business planning resources for the serious entrepreneur.
Plymouth Venture Services LLC
Contact: Karen Harris, Owner
3880 Greenhouse Road
P.O. Box 842042
Houston, TX 77248
281-859-0275; Fax: 832-553-7552
Primary focus: Bookeeping, payroll, tax management and business planning.
Contact: Anne Hayden
3925 Brookside Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022
email: email@example.com; Website: radiantsstems.com
Contact: Ryan Tate
959 South Coast Drive, Suite 100
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714-437-1000, 800-369-8649; Fax: 714-437-1407
email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: syspro.com
Primary focus: This company handles accounting, manufacturing and distribution software.
Info USA Inc.
5711 S. 86th Circle
Omaha, NE 68127
email: email@example.com; Website: infousa.com
Primary focus: Sells business listings compiled from nationwide Yellow Pages.
Gourmet News Magazine
P.O. Box 1056
Yarmouth, ME 04096
Gourmet News rents its extensive listings of specialty food decision makers.
CATALOG & INTERNET MARKETING
5th Food Group
Internet and Catalog Marketing
Contact: Tony Cox
9923 Avalon Creek Court
Dallas, TX 75230
email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: 5thfoodgroup.com
Helping clients sell more specialty food, gourmet food and food gifts by catalog and internet marketing is our passion in business. Our clients—exclusively specialty food manufacturers and retailers—hire us to help grow their direct-to-consumer business sensibly and profitably.
Their mission is to:
-save you from expensive trial and error. We are experts in catalog and internet marketing. We know the fundamentals, what works and what doesn’t, and every one of our actions has measurable results.
-allow you to focus on what you do best. We stay ahead of current best direct marketing practices so you don’t have to. And we use that expertise to design a custom plan for your business.
-save you time. We implement your catalog and internet marketing plan. We reduce your stress and make sure your emails and catalogs are sent to the most responsive customers at the right time.
-save you money as we negotiate print contracts, manage your pay-per-click program, get you the best deal on postage, and more.
-you will increase sales while minimizing your marketing costs.
7083 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 180
Los Angeles, CA 90028
800-773-0888, 323-962-8600; Fax: 323-982-8800
Primary focus: Online legal documents service for incorporations, LLCs, trademark, patents, and copyrights.
DeWitt Stern Insurance Services of California LLC
Contact: Rochelle Brotter
Primary focus: This company has offices in New York Los Angeles Chicago and Jersey City
Grant Hatch & Associates
Contact: Brett Johnson
Commercial Insurance Producer
465 South 400 East, Suite 300
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
email: email@example.com; Website: granthatch.com
Risk Management Consulting and Brokerage Services. Grant Hatch shares powerful resources to improve your bottom-line performance.
FLIP (Food Liability Insurance Program)
2600 South 2600 West, Suite 303
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
888-568-0548 Website: fliprogram.com
Online quotes and coverage for specialty food entrepreneurs serving farmer’s markets, food truck vendors, etc.
Mikkelsen, Kelly & Kipp Insurance Inc.
Contact: Scott Mikkelsen
553 Cal Sag Road
Alslip, IL 60803
This insurance agency can sell coverage in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, California, Idaho, Arizona, Oklahoma, Connecticut, and Washington.
NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS & LABEL CONTENT
11040 Lin-Valle Drive, Suite A
St. Louis, MO 63123
314-845-8910: Fax: 314-845-6459
Primary focus: EMSL is a full-service food and consumer products analytical laboratory offering services by trained microbiologists, chemists and material scientists.
Food Label Pro
3711 North Ravenswood, Suite 104
Chicago, IL 60613
Primary focus: Nutrition analysis and food label compliance.
Lawrence-Allen Group NutriLABEL
Contact: Larry Imes
990 Roberts Street
Reno, NV 89502-1917
775-348-2097; Fax: 888-892-2010
email: Larry@nutrilabel.com; Website: nutrilabel.com
Primary focus: Provides fast, low-cost services, including food product nutritional analysis, camera-ready nutrition facts panel art, FDA labeling compliance assistance, ingredient statement preparation, trademark research, and new specialty food product development and consulting services. This is a confidential service with more than 50 years’ experience. Contact Larry Imes.
ReciPal simplifies the lives of food businesses. Easy nutrition analysis, nutrition fact labels, ingredient lists, recipe costing, and recipe management. All in the cloud and for a reasonable price. Learn how ReciPal can provide you with FDA approved, reliable do-it-yourself nutrition fact labels – and a free trial.
- ReciPal’s INVENTORY MANAGER is now available! Create production plans for purchasing, automatically adjust inventory after production runs, create batch control logs for the highest quality control standards, production cost reporting, and lot traceability. Contact us to chat more about it.
Strasburger & Siegel Inc.
7249 National Drive
Hanover, MD 21076-1324
800-875-6532, 410-712-7373; Fax: 410-712-7378
email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: sas-labs.com
Primary focus: Strasburger & Siegel is just one of many laboratories that offer competitively priced analytical services, including microbiological and microanalytical services, consulting services (project design, product stability, shelf-life evaluation, thermal process engineering, etc.), and customized product development services.
125 Schmidt Blvd.
Farmingdale, NY 11735
3617 West MacArthur Blvd. #509
Santa Ana, CA 92704
714-966-0566; Website: acing-iri.com
This company provides one-stop access to a broad range of high-quality food ingredients including Trade Promotion Management
MEI Computer Technology Group
Contact: Michael Cross
301 Grant Street, Suite 4300
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
800-463-6634; email: email@example.com
This company also has an office in Montreal, Quebec.
Sell What You Sow! The Grower’s Guide to Successful Produce Marketing
New World Publishing
11543 Quartz Drive, #1
Auburn, CA 95602
Sell What You Sow! by Eric Gibson is a guide to profitable produce marketing that covers marketing plans, research, crop selection, and selling through farmers’ markets, restaurants, roadside markets, pick-your-own operations, and retail outlets. It is a comprehensive how-to book of high-value produce marketing.
The Deming Route to Quality and Productivity by William W. Scherkenbach
CEE Press Books, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 1992
The Memory Jogger II
by Michael Brassard and Diane Ritter
GOAL/QPC, Salem, NH, 1994
This is a pocket guide of tools for continuous improvement and effective planning.
UNIFORM PRODUCT CODE
GS1 United States
Princeton Pike Center
209 Lenox Drive, Suite 202
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
609-620-0200; Fax: 609-620-1200
email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: gs1us.org
This company offers UPC barcodes at a lower cost with no annual fees, no disclosure of federal tax ID, and no release of annual sales figures. It provides barcode graphics at no charge. Please note: If you plan to sell to The Kroger Company and/or Wal-Mart, you must obtain your barcodes from GS1.
American Logistics Group
Contact: Sarabjit Kaur
68 South Service Road
Melville, NY 11747
516-874-7997; Corporate: 716-337-5000 or 516-874-0909×110; Fax: 716-772-3383
email:email@example.com; Website: alg.us.com
This freight broker has a commitment of excellence, individual dignity, and service.
B-Line Sustainable Urban Delivery
1140 SE 7th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
Primary Focus: B-line is an urban consolidation and distribution center serving regional producers and local vendors. We make it easier for you to scale your business through managed à la carte services. B-Line is the missing link in the infrastructure of a sustainable city. Solving the challenge of the “last mile” of a distribution network, B-Line delivers on the promise that business can be a catalyst for social and environmental change.
RESOURCES FOR WOMEN AND MINORITY ENTREPRENUERS
U.S. Small Business Administration
Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO)
1110 Vermont Street NW
Washington, DC 20416
The Office of Women’s Business Ownership is the primary advocate for the interests of women business owners and provides current and potential women business owners access to the following services and programs:
Technical, financial, and management information
Information about selling to the federal government
Access to capital
Women’s Prequalification Loan Program
Online Women’s Business Center
With over 60 centers nationwide, the Women’s Business Centers program provides long-term training, counseling, networking, and mentoring to all types of potential and existing women entrepreneurs.
Office of Minority Enterprise Development
The main objective of this office is to foster business ownership by individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged and to promote the competitive viability of such firms. The SBA has combined its efforts with those of private industry, banks, local communities, and other government agencies to meet these goals. The following programs or services are offered:
Management and technical assistance
Section 8(a) Business Development Program certification
Federal procurement opportunities
Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED)
CED provides educational courses, networking opportunities, mentoring, and capital formation resources for new and existing entrepreneurs.
Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence (Women and Money)
email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: count-me-in.org
Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence is a national nonprofit organization that raises money from women to be lent to women. Count Me In is a lending and learning organization dedicated to strengthening women’s position in the economy. The concept is straightforward: millions of women across America will be asked—and inspired—to contribute a minimum of $5 to Count Me In to create a national loan fund for women. The money is redistributed to qualifying women in the form of small business loans ranging from $500 to $10,000 and scholarships for business training and technical assistance.
National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 830
Silver Spring, MD 20910
email: email@example.com; Website: nawbo.org
Annual dues: $75 to $125, depending on chapter location. Membership: 80,000.
NAWBO is a lobbying organization aimed at promoting policies that encourage female entrepreneurship. NAWBO also established the National Foundation for Women Business Owners (NFWBO), a nonprofit research foundation. NFWBO publishes a wide range of research studies and reports on statistical trends among women-owned firms. Its Compendium of National Statistics on Women-Owned Businesses in the U.S. brings together all the publicly available statistical information on women-owned businesses.
American Business Women’s Association (ABWA)
9100 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64114
800-228-0007, 816 361-6621
email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: abwahq.org
Annual dues: $35 ($32 for retired entrepreneurs).
ABWA’s primary focus is to promote entrepreneurial ventures by women. It offers member discounts ranging from car rentals and office products to long distance phone services. The ABWA also provides education and skill-building services to assist members just starting out.
American Woman’s Economic Development Corp. (AWED)
71 Vanderbilt Avenue
New York, NY 10169
Annual dues: $55 for new members, $49 for renewals Members: 2,000+.
AWED’s experts have experience in every area of small business—from financing and wholesale distribution to public relations. They offer classes in the New York City area but also dispense advice and coaching to members nationwide over the telephone. Four regional conferences are held annually to encourage networking among members
National Women’s Business Council (NWBC)
409 Third Street SW, Suite 210
Washington, DC 20024
202-205-3850; Fax: 202-205-6825
email: email@example.com; Website: nwbc.gov
The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is a bipartisan 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. The Council’s 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.
National Minority Supplier Development Council Inc. (NMSDC)
1040 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018
212-944-2430; Fax: 212-719-9611
Primary focus: Providing a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses is the primary objective of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, one of the country’s leading business membership organizations. It was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes. The NMSDC Network includes a National Office in New York and 39 regional councils across the country. There are 3,500 corporate members throughout the network, including most of America’s largest publicly owned, privately owned, and foreign-owned companies, as well as universities, hospitals, and other buying institutions. They certify and match more than 15,000 minority-owned businesses (Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native American) with member corporations that want to purchase goods and services.
National Women Business Owners (NWBOC)
1001 West Jasmine Drive, #G
Lake Park, FL 33403
800-675-5066; Fax: 561-881-7364
email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: nwboc.org
NWBOC was established in 1995 to increase competition for corporate and government contracts through implementation of a pioneering economic development strategy for women business owners. NWBOC is a national 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation and is the first third-party, national certifier providing “Woman Business Enterprise” (WBE) Certification for women-owned businesses. The certification ensures that a private, for-profit company is truly owned and controlled by a woman or women.
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
1120 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1000
Washington, D. C. 20036
202-872-5515; Fax: 202-872-5505
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. Outside of the United States, certification is provided by our alliance partner, WEConnect International.
Mothers’ Home Business Network (MHBN)
P.O. Box 423
East Meadow, NY 11554
Annual Dues: $39.95. Membership: 6,000+.
One of the largest groups for women home-based business owners. MHBN provides information, ideas, and inspiration to moms who choose to work at home. Publishes two newsletters, Home Working Mothers (annual) and Kids and Career (twice a year). MHBN provides literature on how to juggle your time between raising children and running a successful business as well as a “fraud detector” for evaluating home business opportunities.