nBIA is a global non profit organization that has welcomed and supported entrepreneurial organizations for over 30 years. Serving a diverse group of entrepreneurship centers, program managers, directors and policymakers, they help guide, mentor and develop sustainable entrepreneur support programs in every industry and demographic around the globe.
An SBIC is a privately owned company that’s licensed and regulated by the SBA. SBICs invest in small businesses in the form of debt and equity. The SBA doesn’t invest directly into small businesses, but it does provide funding to qualified SBICs with expertise in certain sectors or industries. Those SBICs then use their private funds, along with SBA-guaranteed funding, to invest in small businesses.
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. SCORE provides mentoring, counseling, business tools and workshops and webinars. Most services are free or quite inexpensive.
BusinessUSA is a one-stop shop website for all US federal agencies that contribute to business and economic growth, from the Department of Agriculture to the White House. Enter your zip code for local resources as well.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. 10,000 Small Businesses is funded by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation.
Organizations to Help with Networking, Mentoring, & Education
The AAFD acts to educate the public regarding fair franchise practices and quality franchise opportunities, as well as to ensuring strong and healthy relationships between corporate partners and their franchisees.
The EO is a global business network of 9,500+ business owners in 131 chapters and 40 countries enabling small and large business owners to learn from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life.
The USASBE has over 1000 members from universities and colleges, for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the public sector who share a common commitment to fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors.
The NMBC is dedicated to providing business assistance, educational opportunities, seminars, purchasing listings and related services and to expand opportunities available to small, minority and women business owners.