Women Business Enterprises

Women Business Enterprises (WBE) are one of the fastest growing segments in Georgia. As a matter of fact, Georgia ranks #1 in U.S. for fastest-growth in number of women-owned firms (American Express OPEN 4/13). If Women Business Owners were their own country, they would be the 5th largest GDP in the world.

Interested in business and funding possibilities? We have a list of our comprehensive business resources.

www.wipp.org is a national bi-partisan public policy organization that advocates for and on behalf of women and minorities in business in the legislative processes of our nation.

www.womenbiz.gov/faq offers answers federal procurement questions

The Women’s Employment Opportunity Project, (WEOP) conducts business training (ICP) at Atlanta Technical college and operates a free online membership site packed with information related to procurement and contract opportunities in the private sector and Federal Marketplace. JOIN today: www.women2contract.com


WomenEntrepreneur.com provides the latest articles, blogs and resources
LadiesWhoLaunch.com is the first new media company to provide resources and connections for women entrepreneurs.


Georgia’s Mentor Protégé Connection


Women’s business incubator and women’s entrepreneurial services for start-up and small businesses.

These organizations help start-up businesses with 0-5 employees.

Women’s Economic Development Agency (WEDA) is a bilingual non-profit organization helping women achieve economic independence, create opportunity and build a business community through entrepreneurship. WEDA provides business development, management and technical assistance to emerging, intermediate- and advanced-stage women entrepreneurs throughout Metro Atlanta area and is one of 105 SBA Women’s Business Centers across the country. Major programs and services include the Atlanta Microenterprise Initiative (AMI) and a number of innovative workshops. More on WEDA ▶

Startupchicks provides educational and social events and whose mission is to connect entrepreneurial women and to grow, inspire and educate women on entrepreneurship as a career/life choice. More on Startupchicks ▶

The Greater Women’s Business Council (GWBC) for women business owners interested in promoting, developing and maintaining business relationships with major corporations, governmental agencies and other women business owners.  More on GWBC ▶

Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC) a corporate member-based organization to foster and expand economic opportunities between Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), corporations and government entities within Georgia. More on GMSDC ▶

Women’s Business Enterprises National Council (WBENC) is the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations. More on WBENC ▶

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)  propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.
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Minority Business Development Center provides assistance that targets women and minorities and offers character-based SBA loans to women, minorities, veterans, or anyone located in a low-income or HUB Zone. More on MBDC ▶ 

The Edge Connection is a nonprofit microenterprise SBA Business Center offering free legal, technical and marketing consulting, courses for entrepreneurs, and incubator space. The center targets low-to-moderate-income individuals, women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities.

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