Resources for Woman-owned Businesses

Are you a woman-owned business? If so, here is a list of resources specifically for woman-owned businesses.


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Center for Women & Enterprise

CWE provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase professional success, personal growth, and financial Independence.

The Center for Women and Enterprise is a nationally known nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people start and grow their businesses. CWE has worked with more than 37,300 Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont entrepreneurs since 1995. CWE also operates the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England (VBOC of NE) that focuses on assisting veterans, active duty service members and their families with starting and growing their business.

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City of Hartford Supplier Diversity Program

If you are a small contractor, minority or woman owned business in Hartford you should look into this program.

The City of Hartford maintains a stand alone registry of eligible small contractors and minority and women enterprises for program Small Contractors- SC and Minority Women Business Enterprise- Minority and Woman

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Connecticut Procurement Services

If you are looking to procure state contracts.

The Department of Administrative Services administers statewide contracts for the purchase of supplies, equipment and contractual services through programs such as:

  • Supplier Diversity (Set-Aside) Program for women and minorities
  • State and Federal Surplus Property Distribution
  • Construction Contractor Pre-qualification
  • P-Card
  • Environmentally Preferred Purchase
  • State and Federal Surplus

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If you are a woman looking for help with investment strategy.

When you invest in Ellevest Impact Portfolios, you invest in your own goals – and in companies that advance women.

Immediate, ongoing access to Ellevest financial and career advisors. We specialize in money growth strategies that address the realities of being a woman.

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FAST Partnership Program

If you are a woman-, minority- or veteran-owned technology business looking for SBIR support services.

To maximize each business's potential, we tailor solutions that often combine our funds with resources from other financial leaders.

When you need additional funding to run your business, Connecticut Innovations (CI) can work with you and your bank to get you financed. We offer loans of up to $5 million for owner-occupied real estate, equipment purchases, working capital and more.

CI has a number of equity funds for when you're ready to take your technology idea or business to the next level. We are highly selective and have a stringent due diligence process, but if you meet our investment criteria, our team will recommend the fund that best fits your needs.

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Golden Seeds

If you are a woman-owned business looking for funding.

The Golden Seeds Vision: A powerful force behind women entrepreneurs. A sterling opportunity for investors.

Women entrepreneurs have seen remarkable success in launching new ventures. In fact, 46 percent of the privately held firms in the United States are at least half owned by women.

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Guide to Computer Science Degree in Connecticut

If you are looking for information on programs for women in the computer science industry.

With an ever-evolving advanced digital landscape, there is a constant need for updated systems and newer technologies. The impact of automated systems and disruptive technologies means more jobs in the computer science field; the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that job opportunities for software developers will grow 24% nationally by 2026, which is much faster than the national average.

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Guide to Computer Science Financial Aid

If you are looking for information on financial aid for computer science.

Fortunately, the field of computer science continues to rapidly expand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, software developer positions alone will grow 22% by 2022. This demand has created ample scholarship opportunities for computer science majors and these could cover most or even all of your tuition.

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Guide to Computer Science for Women

If you are a woman looking to learn more about the computer science industry.

There is a clear disconnect between the computer science industry and the message girls receive about their ability to succeed in tech organizations. This guide examines the history behind this disparity and how educators, parents, employers and computer scientists can reverse the trend.

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Hartford Small Business Technical Assist. Program

If you have a business located in Hartford and need help with growth. (Open to men and women)

The Hartford Small Business Technical Assistance Program (HSBTAP) helps strengthen and grow businesses through 1-on-1 appointments with business and technical advisors.

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If you are looking for crowdfunding help.

Named by NASDAQs as one of the 10 Best Sources of Funding for Women Entrepreneurs, iFundWomen takes a holistic approach to startup funding by offering a flexible crowdfunding platform, expert crowdfunding coaching, professional video production, and a private community for you to connect with other female founders in the hustle.

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Ladies Launch Club

If you are looking to network with other women entrepreneurs.

Ladies Launch Club, an online and in-person organization, connects women to other women who have the shared goal of being successful entrepreneurs. Ladies Launch Club provides educational resources and vital exposure for women and their businesses.

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MergeLane Accelerator

If you are a woman led startup looking for an accelerator in Boulder Colorado check out MergeLane.

MergeLane invests in high-potential startups and venture capital funds with at least one female leader. Since its 2015 founding, MergeLane has invested in 45 companies and recruited a network of 300 mentors and 600 investors. MergeLane leverages this network and its focus on Conscious Leadership to prove that diverse leadership teams drive superior investor returns. MergeLane is an on-ramp for the extraordinary.

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Microloan Guarantee Program (CEDF/DECD)

If you are a woman- or minority-owned business looking for up to a 30 percent guarantee of principal on loans under $50,000.

The mission of CEDF is to strengthen neighborhood economies by providing flexible financial and technical support to small businesses, community organizations and initiatives in targeted communities and to low- and moderate-income individuals throughout Connecticut.

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Minority & Small Business Supplier Diversity Program (DAS)

If you are a small minority- or woman-owned business looking to apply for state contracts.

Of state contracts and projects, 6.25 percent are set aside and available for state-certified small minority businesses. This includes businesses owned by persons who are ethnic minorities, women or disabled.

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Startup Hartford

Come out and socialize with fellow founders in the Hartford area, make connections, and help build a founder network in Hartford.

Startup Hartford is a local startup community designed for founders; whether aspiring, rookie, seasoned or serial – in the greater Hartford area. We aim to fill the networking void for this niche-entrepreneur community. With monthly mixers, we aim to connect entrepreneurs for their startup journey. These events provide networking opportunities with local startups, bring together local resources and give entrepreneurs a networking environment – worthy of time away from their startups.

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Stronger International

If you are looking for services in IT, cyber security or compliance training. We also do pen testing, risk analysis, vulnerability assessments and policy reviews.

When it comes to protecting your companys precious data from security breaches, ransomware and other forms of virulent cyber crime, there is no such thing as safe enough.

Stronger International offers expert consulting, onsite, live-remote and cloud-based virtual training programs to safeguard your companys most precious asset, your reputation.

In a world where identity fraud occurs every two seconds, it is not a question of if you will be attacked, only when. Remember, risking your data is risking your business. Get educated. Get trained. Get Stronger.

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The Accelerator at the Woman's Startup Lab

If you are looking for an accelerator focused on woman-owned startups.

WSLabs famous one-year program begins with a 2 week live-in accelerator immersion in the heart of Silicon Valley.

This program delivers CEO coaching, 120 hours of startup evaluation and strategy sessions with personal attention. The curriculum includes acquiring knowledge and building your funding strategy, creating and managing leads, building a SV pitch, as well as ongoing personal introductions and networking. Together with other female founders you will build an intimate support group, gain access to a prestigious network in Silicon Valley that leads to funding, and join a lifelong startup community.

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The Refinery

If you are an looking for an accelerator in the Westport area.

Woman-owned company accelerator program in Westport.

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United States Department of Labor - Womens Bureau

If you are a female looking for help in the labor force.

Here you will find a broad range of resources for women in the labor force produced by or in collaboration with the Women's Bureau.

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University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center & Women’s Business Center

If you are looking for business plan development assistance and other related business assistance.

The Entrepreneurial Center and Womens Business Center, founded in 1985, provides personalized business advising, educational programs, technical assistance, and networking events to new and expanding small businesses in Connecticut. The Center focuses on serving women, minority-owned businesses, and other underserved constituents, specializing in turning ideas into viable businesses and break-even companies into sustainable, profitable, and scalable enterprises.

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Washashore Writing

If you are a woman leader looking for help with writing.

Washashore Writing gives a unique and powerful voice to women leaders in business, community, and government. By providing personal attention and becoming an expert in the individual, your message will shine in a moving and memorable way.

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Wistem - Accelerator

If you are looking for an accelerator for women in Chicago contact Wistem.

WiSTEM is a 12-week accelerator program that connects women to capital, community and technology resources. The program, co-created by 1871 and Ms. Tech, has found success since launching in 2015, helping over 50 women-founded companies who have raised almost $10 million in funding and have created hundreds of jobs. Funding from JPMorgan Chase has led to a recent expansion of the program, which is built around peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing and a fundraising strategy curriculum.

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Women and Minority Loan Guarantee Program

If you are a woman and/or minority business owner looking for a business loan you may be interested in this program.

CEDF offers a special loan guarantee in conjunction with the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to help women and minority owned businesses obtain flexible financing. This program is for start up businesses as well as existing businesses looking to expand. CEDF provides the loan and the Department of Economic and Community Development provides up to a 30% guarantee. This guarantee is particularly helpful to start up businesses that need a greater degree of flexibility in obtaining a loan.

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Women Presidents' Educational Organization (WPEO)

If you are a woman-owned business looking to apply for corporate or government contracts.

WPEO is a dynamic community of certified women-owned businesses (WBE), building on their success through mutually beneficial partnerships with Fortune 1000 corporations and other WBEs.

The Women Presidents' Educational Organization (WPEO) comprises two of the 14 regional partner organizations of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) -- the nation's leading advocate for women-owned businesses. WPEO was founded in 1998 by Dr. Marsha Firestone, a pioneer in opening doors for women-owned businesses.

Furthering the success of women-owned businesses is our primary mission. We provide WBENC certification -- the gold standard in diversity certification -- at the regional level, and serve as an advocate for certified women-owned businesses in our New York and Washington, D.C., regions, offering them educational programs, networking opportunities and recognition.

WPEO is incorporated in the state of New York and recognized as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

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Women's Business Development Council (WBDC)

If you are looking for entrepreneurial training programs.

At Women's Business Development Council (WBDC), we believe in revitalization because we experience it every day. WBDC empowers women and men to become thriving employers and more effective employees. From starting or growing a business to advancing a career or increasing income, WBDC illuminates business success in a tangible and accessible way.

Founded in 1997 as a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, WBDC is host to two U.S. Small Business Administration/Office of Women's Business Ownership (OWBO) Women's Business Centers.

Our clients exemplify what happens when desire, education and preparation come together. Opportunities are created. Ideas ignited. Dreams realized. Economies expanded. Through workshops, one-on-one coaching, and training programs, WBDC delivers business and financial education that makes a difference in people's lives. We help women and men to reach beyond where they are and grow to the next level.

WBDC has offices in Stamford, Derby and New London, with training sites across the state of Connecticut.

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