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ENTREPRENEURSHIP: ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS
410 N 18th St
Centerville, IA 52544-1823
Toll Free: (888)222-8943
The Abilities Fund is the first nationwide nonprofit community developer and financial institution focused exclusively on expanding entrepreneurial opportunities, including access to capital, for people with disabilities. We do this by providing a unique combination of financial products, training, technical assistance services and advisory supports to individuals with disabilities.
56 Roland Street
Boston, MA 02129
Accion International enables the self-employed poor to achieve economic self-reliance. By providing the basic tools of credit and training, we offer a helping hand to these "microentrepreneurs" struggling to survive on meager incomes earned from cottage industries.
Association for Enterprise Opportunity
1601 North Kent Street
Arlington, VA 22209
AEO is a national membership organization and voice of microenterprise development in the United States. For nearly two decades, AEO and its hundreds of member organizations have helped more than two million entrepreneurs support themselves and their families and contribute to their communities through business ownership. AEO strives to foster greater understanding of the importance of strong and effective microenterprise initiatives to the U.S. economy and to increase capacity of the field to support underserved entrepreneurs in starting, stabilizing, and establishing businesses.
Association for Service Disabled Veterans
P.O. Box 20312
Stanford, CA 94309
Veterans (ASDV) was subsequently founded as a non-profit public benefit organization with the goal of creating opportunities for SDVs to achieve and maintain their rehabilitation through enterprise development and managed employment.
This site provides ideas for mothers who work out of the home or are trying to start a home business. Includes ideas for getting started and a list of organizations that support women working out of the home.
America's Business Funding Directory
Business.Finance.com is all about helping Businesses. We strive to provide the most up to date content available to assit in obtaining capital, gaining support, finding government programs, getting expert help, and much more.
Careers Beyond Disability
Toll Free: (800)585-2349
Our focus is on transitioning these individuals into a self employment career that takes into consideration their past, present ability, and desired future. We will either provide business coaching for them to start their own business or help them find a franchise business in which they can buy into and do. Our most supportive program, Job Security through Business Ownership, will support them and their family by designing a variable task career within a franchise environment that they and/or their family purchases, and if necessary we will work with employees who assume the role of manager and job coach.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
A government-wide compendium of Federal programs, project, services, and activities which provide assistance or benefits to the American public. It contains financial and nonfinancial assistance programs administered by departments and establishments of the Federal government.
Center for Women's Business Research
1411 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
The Center for Women's Business Research’s mission is to provide data-driven knowledge to advance the economic, social and political impact of women business owners and their enterprises worldwide. We do this by: setting the national agenda; creating insight on the status and achievements of women business owners; altering perceptions about the economic viability and progress of women-owned enterprises; and driving awareness of the economic and social impact of this vital business sector.
Chamber of Commerce
ChamberofCommerce.com, like your local chamber of commerce, is a pro-business organization that helps small businesses connect with potential customers. In addition, we provide solutions for small businesses who want to grow their business on the web.
Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education
1601 West Fifth Avenue, #199
Columbus, OH 43212
This web page is for teachers, instructors, program developers and others who help students of all ages find their own entrepreneurial opportunities.
Corporation for Enterprise Development
1200 G Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005
CFED (Corporation for Enterprise Development) expands economic opportunity by helping Americans start and grow businesses, go to college, own a home, and save for their children’s and own economic futures.
Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence
Count Me In champions the cause for women's economic independence by providing access to business loans, consultation and education. The first online microlender, Count Me In uses a unique women friendly credit scoring system to make loans for $500-$10,000 available to women across the United States who have nowhere to turn for that all-important first business loan. The organization provides access to networks that expand contacts, markets, skill and confidence.
Disability Resources on the Internet
Four Glatter Lane
Centerreach, NY 11720-1032
We disseminate information about books, pamphlets, magazines, newsletters, videos, databases, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, telephone hotlines and on-line services that provide free, inexpensive or hard-to-find information to help people with disabilities live independently.
Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center
DBTAC - Southwest ADA Center
Independent Living Research Utilization
2323 South Shepherd Blvd., Suite 1000
Houston, TX 77019
Toll Free: (800)949-4232
Provides information, training, and technical assistance to employers, people with disabilities, and other entities with responsibilities under the ADA. A comprehensive resource on ADA issues in employment, public services, public accommodations, and communications.
Disabled Business Persons Association
San Diego State University-Interwork Institute
5850 Hardy Avenue, Suite 112
San Diego, CA 92182-5313
Founded in 1985, the Disabled Businesspersons Association is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to assisting enterprising individuals with disabilities maximize their potential in the business world, and work with vocational rehabilitation, government and business to encourage the participation and enhance the performance of the disabled in the workforce.
Economic Development Directory
81 directories of selected economic development agencies, economic development consultants and economic development associations worldwide. Only websites with significant economic development information and data are listed. Designed for business people, company real estate departments, and site selection consultants.
Edward Lowe Foundation
58220 Decatur Road
P.O. Box 8
Cassopolis, MI 49031-0008
Toll Free: (800)232-5693
The foundation envisions a society that actively embraces and encourages entrepreneurship as the source and strategy for economic growth, community development and economically independent individuals.
Employer Assistance and Recruiting Network
Toll Free: (866)327-6669
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, and retain qualified employees with disabilities. AskEarn.org is managed by the National Technical Assistance, Policy, and Research Center for Employers on Employment of People with Disabilities funded to Cornell University by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor.
P.O. Box 320722
Fairfield, CT 06432
The Entrepreneurial Parent is a work-family resource for home office entrepreneurs and career professionals who are looking for alternative work options.
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110
The vision of the Kauffman Foundation is to foster "a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities." In service of this vision, and in keeping with our founder’s wishes, the Foundation focuses its grant making and operations on two areas: advancing entrepreneurship and improving the education of children and youth.
FindLaw's Small Business Center provides information and resources for small business owners, and help for entrepreneurs seeking to get a business idea off the ground. Here you can get information on choosing and forming the right legal structure for your business, legal tips on day-to-day business operations, an overview of employment law issues, and much more.
79 Fifth Avenue/16th Street
New York, NY 10003-3076
Toll Free: (800)424-9836
National service organization providing information on grants, loans, and funding from foundation programs available to
Foundation for Enterprise Development
1241 Cave Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
Toll Free: (866)936-4333
As a private foundation, the Foundation for Enterprise Development promotes business principles and practices that encourage free enterprise and advance science and technology innovations with impact on nationally important interests
Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC
5582 Klements Lane
Florence, MT 59833
GHA specializes in community rehabilitation improvement, job creation and job site training, employer development, Social Security benefits analysis and work incentives, self-employment feasibility and refinement, management-leadership mentoring, and civic entrepreneurship. Our customers are wide ranging and include businesses, community rehabilitation programs, state and local governments, universities, individuals, and others from the public and private sectors.
Home-Based Working Moms
PO Box 1628
Spring, TX 77383-1628
Home-Based Working Moms (HBWM) is a professional association and online community founded in 1995. HBWM provides its members with support, networking, free advertising options, information, a monthly (print) newsletter, email discussion list, searchable member directory, member spotlights and corporate discounts on various products and services.
Housing and Urban Development: Economic Development
There are a wide range of economic and community development needs in the nation's communities, from job retention, creation, and training priorities to new investments in public facilities and infrastructure, and the development of affordable housing. These are some of the programs and iniatives at HUD related to economic development.
Institute for Social and Economic Development
The mission of the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED) is to strengthen the social and economic well-being of individuals and communities.
Job Accommodation Network
West Virginia University
PO Box 6080
Morgantown, WV 26506-6080
Toll Free: (800)526-7234
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the employability of people with disabilities.
MicroMentor connects low-income business owners - called "microentrepreneurs" - to individuals who have successfully navigated business ownership or management in the same industry. Collaborating with community-based microenterprise organizations, national trade associations and corporate partners, MicroMentor helps these microentrepreneurs gain access to markets and increase revenue and profitability by offering on-line, time-convenient mentoring. By merging Internet technology with personalized mentoring, MicroMentor is dedicated to the proposition that low-income microentrepreneurs are crucial to the economic and social well-being of our communities.
Microcredit Summit Campaign
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
The goals of the Microcredit Summit Fulfillment Campaign are working to ensure that 175 million of the world's poorest families, especially the women of those families, are receiving credit for self-employment and other financial and business services by the end of 2015, and working to ensure that 100 million families rise above the US$1 a day threshold adjusted for purchasing power parity (PPP), between 1990 and 2015.
National Association for the Self-Employed
P.O. Box 612067
DFW Airport, TX 75261-2067
Toll Free: (800)232-6273
The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is the nation's leading resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses providing a broad range of benefits and support to help the smallest businesses succeed.
National Association of Blind Merchants
1223 Lake Plaza Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Toll Free: (866)543-6808
The National Association of Blind Merchants
is a membership organization of blind persons employed in either self-employment work or the Randolph-Sheppard vending program. We provide information regarding rehabilitation, social security, tax, and other issues which directly affect blind merchants. The National Association of Blind Merchants serves as an advocacy and support group.
National Business Association
P.O. Box 700728
Dallas, TX 75370
Toll Free: (800)456-0440
The National Business Association (NBA) is a not for profit association, specifically designed and actively managed to assist the Self-Employed and Small Business Community in achieving their professional goals.
National Business Incubation Association
20 E. Circle Drive, #37198
Athens, OH 45701-3571
The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) is the world's leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship. It provides thousands of professionals with the information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies worldwide.
National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions
116 John Street, 33rd Floor
New York, NY 10038-3300
Toll Free: (800)437-8711
A community development credit union (CDCU) is a credit union with a specialized mission of serving low- and moderate-income people and communities.
National Federation of Independent Business
Toll Free: (800)634-2669
The National Federation of Independent Business is the leading small business association representing small and independent businesses. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1943, NFIB represents the consensus views of its members in Washington and all 50 state capitals.
National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship
120 Wall Street, 29th Floor
New York, NY 10005
Toll Free: (800)367-6383
NFTE’s mission is to provide entrepreneurship education programs to young people from low-income communities.
National Telecommuting Institute
11 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116
National Telecommuting Institute (NTI) is a unique educational/job-matching organization pioneering the development of telework jobs for Americans with disabilities. NTI staff bring together employers who have agreed to "go virtual," advanced communications technology, and vocational rehabilitation agencies to enable individuals with disabilities to train for and work online in environments that are more easily accessible to them.
OASIS @ MAAP
2020 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
Toll Free: (866)4AS-PRGR
The Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS) center has joined with MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome to create a single resource for families, individuals, and medical professionals who deal with the challenges of Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder/ Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS).
Office of Disability Employment Policy
200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room S-1303
Washington, DC 20210
Toll Free: (866)633-7365
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Labor. ODEP provides national leadership to increase employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities while striving to eliminate barriers to employment.
PartnerAmerica is a public-private partnership created by The United States Conference of Mayors and American Management Services, Inc. to help small and medium-sized businesses in cities across the nation improve profits and sales through management assistance. PartnerAmerica is designed to assist mayors in providing the resources and information small businesses need to thrive within their local communities and the global economy.
Small Business Development Centers
Small Business Administration
The Office of Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provides management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations. The program is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community and federal, state and local governments and is an integral component of Entrepreneurial Development's network of training and counseling services. You can locate your closest SBDC through the state links on this site.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20062-2000
Toll Free: (800)638-6000
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. Our members range from mom-and-pop shops and local chambers to leading industry associations and large corporations. They all share one thing in common—they count on the Chamber to be their voice in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Office of Public Affairs
P. O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
Toll Free: (800)786-9199
For over 200 years, the basic role of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has remained the same: to promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries.
University of Montana Rural Institute
52 Corbin Hall
Missoula, MT 59812
Toll Free: (800)732-0323
The Rural Institute: Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research, and Service, is part of the national network of programs funded by the Federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) committed to increasing and supporting the independence, productivity, and inclusion of persons with disabilities into the community.
818 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Toll Free: (800)933-8721
VSA arts is an International organization that creates learning opportunities through the arts for people with disabilities. The organization offers arts-based programs in creative writing, dance, drama, music and the visual arts implemented primarily through our vast affiliate network in 39 states and the District of Columbia, collaborators in 10 states, and 70 international affiliates in 67 countries. VSA arts' programs now serve 4.3 million Americans and 1.3 million people in other parts of the world.
Toll Free: (888)663-9320
WomanOwned was formed in 1998, and since then we have provided the information, tools, networking opportunities and advice that have helped hundreds of thousands of women. Women just like you - starting or growing their business.
Women With Disabilities Entrepreneurship Project
200 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20210
Toll Free: (800)827-5335
The Women with Disabilities Entrepreneurship Project is currently working with contractors in four regions to recruit, screen, and refer women with disabilities to organizations that provide entrepreneurial training and supplemental life skills training.
The YWCA periodically offers training to women interested in starting their own business. Check with your local chapter to see what is available in your area.