Astia, founded in Silicon Valley in 1999, is a global, non-profit organization that is dedicated to building women leaders and accelerating the funding and growth of the companies they lead. Astia connects entrepreneurs to investors, industry leaders, service providers and consultants with the aim of helping to facilitate success. Visit www.astia.org to learn more.
The United Inventors Association was formed in 1900 as a nonprofit dedicated to inventor information, education and support. Its mission is to provide reliable information to inventors, as well as certification to groups and inventor-friendly firms that agree to comply with rigorous professional and ethical standards. Visit www.uiausa.org to learn more.
Celebrating 50 years of excellence, education and advocacy, the International Franchise Association is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. IFA’s mission is to protect, enhance and promote franchising through government relations, public relations and educational programs. The IFA has more than 1200 franchise members. A great resource for anyone interested in buying […]
One hundred nonprofit organizations from 44 states and the District of Columbia received grants under the Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs Act (PRIME), the U.S. Small Business Administration announced. Grants will be used to provide business-based training and technical assistance to low-income and very low-income entrepreneurs to help them start, operate, or grow a small […]
By Carole Wood There has been a recent injection of hope into America’s small business economy as the Index of Small Business Optimism gained 1.8 points in November, rising for the third consecutive month and hitting the highest level since February. In addition, the employment picture brightened as 55,000 new jobs were created in small […]
Phimation released its annual trend report on the top factors affecting Second Stage companies in the United States. The Small Business 2012 Trends Report aims to spur discussion on how companies should approach challenges and opportunities in the New Year. Phimation is a firm specializing in management consulting, coaching, and training for small business. Phimation […]
This nonprofit trade organization was founded in 1969 to address the needs and concerns of minority contractor. Membership is open to all races and people of every ethnic background. Contact www.namcnational.org to learn more.
The Shed by Modern-Shed is manufactured in Sedro Woolley, Washington. For more info on the company, visit www.modern-shed.com. The prefab sheds make great home offices, too.
The Direct Selling Association (DSA) is the national trade association of the leading firms that manufacture and distribute goods and services sold directly to consumers. Approximately 200 companies are members of the association, including many well-known brand names. The Association’s mission is “To protect, serve and promote the effectiveness of member companies and the independent […]
-Springboard Enterprises is a venture capitalist nonprofit corporation dedicated to bringing entrepreneurs together with investors and industry experts to build women-led small businesses. Its programs educated, source, showcase and support women entrepreneurs seeking equity capital to grow their companies. Visit www.springboardenterprises.com to learn more.
The NASE is the leading resource group for the self-employed in the United States. The group works to provide benefits such as lobbying and healthcare to support small businesses. Visit www.nase.org for more information.
Credit professionals still consider the economy to be their biggest concern for the coming year, according to an annual survey conducted by the National Association of Credit Management (NACM). For the third straight year, when asked “Looking forward to 2012, as a credit professional, what are your biggest concerns?” the largest percentage (26.7%) of the […]