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 […]
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.
This group works to bring the concerns of more than 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses to the forefront of the national economic agenda. The USHCC has more than 200 local chambers. The organization provides a wide variety of services to its members including technical assistance and support. Visit www.ushcc.com to learn more. President Obama spoke at […]
Using the grand span of a suspension bridge as his model, San Francisco-based designer Yves Behar created this tech-designed chair for Herman Miller called the Sayl Office Chair. The material used for the chair’s back is constructed for high tension and more support. Pricing for the chair begins at $400. You can learn more about […]
The Kauffman Foundation wants to foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens and who want to work to improve their communities. The group offers grants, programs, tools, and more. Visit www.kauffman.org to learn more.
The Athena International group is an international organization that pairs woman-owned businesses with a group of local mentors who serve as a panel of advisers. Advisers work with the business owner for one year at no charge. For more info, visit www.AthenaInternational.org.