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Support Organizations & Associations

This list includes only well-established regional, national, and global organizations focused specifically on entrepreneurs. They all are supported by face-to-face events and/or online community. Beware one-man operations posing as some sort of "network" or "association".

National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE)
NASE was founded in 1981 by small business owners who realized they could enjoy the same economies of scale for purchasing goods and services simply by banding together. NASE also keeps members informed about legislative activities and provides access to resources and experts.

National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE)
NASE was founded in 1981 by small business owners who realized they could enjoy the same economies of scale for purchasing goods and services simply by banding together. NASE also keeps members informed about legislative activities and provides access to resources and experts.

Quick Tips for Women- and Minority-Owned Businesses
Increasing numbers of women and minorities are becoming entrepreneurs. Numerous government programs are available to help, but these entrepreneurs need to understand the process of becoming a certified enterprise to take advantage of many programs.

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
With over 600,000 members, the NFIB is the nation's largest advocacy organization representing small and independent businesses. NFIB was created to give small and independent business a voice in governmental decision making.

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
With over 600,000 members, the NFIB is the nation's largest advocacy organization representing small and independent businesses. NFIB was created to give small and independent business a voice in governmental decision making.

SOHO America
This purely virtual community provides resources and interactive community for small- and home-based business ownvers.

Disabled Entrepreneurs Network (DEN)
An offshoot of the Association of Disabled Professionals, DEN provides networking opportunities and information services for disabled individuals who are self-employed or small business owners. Kudos to them for having an accessible site.

Disabled Entrepreneurs Network (DEN)
An offshoot of the Association of Disabled Professionals, DEN provides networking opportunities and information services for disabled individuals who are self-employed or small business owners. Kudos to them for having an accessible site.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
SCORE provides free counseling, either in person or via e-mail, how-to articles, and other resources to small businesses. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO)
A global non-profit educational organization for business owners under the age of 50, this one is definitely for the more enterprising -- you must either be the founder/owner/controlling shareholder of a company with at least $1 million annual sales, or you must be VC-backed.

Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO)
A global non-profit educational organization for business owners under the age of 50, this one is definitely for the more enterprising -- you must either be the founder/owner/controlling shareholder of a company with at least $1 million annual sales, or you must be VC-backed.

The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE)
A global, inclusive, non-profit organization created for the advancement of entrepreneurship, focused primarily in IT, communications, and biotechnology. Founded in Silicon Valley in 1992, TiE has quickly grown to over 35 chapters around the world. TIE also stands for Talent, Innovation, and Enterprise.

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Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE)
FWE is a service organization for women building and leading high-growth technology and life science companies.

Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE)
FWE is a service organization for women building and leading high-growth technology and life science companies.

National Black Business Council (NBBC)
The mission of the NBBC is to be a catalyst for the creation and development of black-owned businesses. The purpose of this effort is to foster the growth and networking of black businesses, the rebirth of black communities and the achievement of black professionals.

International Virtual Women's Chamber of Commerce (IVWCC)
The IVWCC supports women-owned micro-businesses in the start-up or emergent phase of their business. They provide a forum for communication and development of joint partnerships around the globe.

International Virtual Women's Chamber of Commerce (IVWCC)
The IVWCC supports women-owned micro-businesses in the start-up or emergent phase of their business. They provide a forum for communication and development of joint partnerships around the globe.

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
NAWBO represents the interests of women entrepreneurs in all types of businesses and promotes activism by women entrepreneurs in social and political arenas.

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
NAWBO represents the interests of women entrepreneurs in all types of businesses and promotes activism by women entrepreneurs in social and political arenas.

National Black Business Council (NBBC)
The mission of the NBBC is to be a catalyst for the creation and development of black-owned businesses. The purpose of this effort is to foster the growth and networking of black businesses, the rebirth of black communities and the achievement of black professionals.

The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE)
A global, inclusive, non-profit organization created for the advancement of entrepreneurship, focused primarily in IT, communications, and biotechnology. Founded in Silicon Valley in 1992, TiE has quickly grown to over 35 chapters around the world. TIE also stands for Talent, Innovation, and Enterprise.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
SCORE provides free counseling, either in person or via e-mail, how-to articles, and other resources to small businesses. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

SOHO America
This purely virtual community provides resources and interactive community for small- and home-based business ownvers.

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