Female business owners—are you taking advantage of local Accelerator and Mentoring programs?

By Emily Youatt

Start-up accelerator programs offering industry-focused programs and support for women are popping up across the country. These programs serve a variety of needs—entrepreneurial, educational, investment opportunities, and networking.

Many programs offered are structured to offer support in strategic start-up business success. What does this mean?

Take The Women’s Small Business Accelerator of Central Ohio as an example. In a typical session, female start-up owners sit through educational sessions and interactive monthly roundtables facilitated by small business experts. Owners can brainstorm real-business challenges and scenarios and come up with creative solutions to their small-business challenges.

It’s important to choose the correct accelerator program. Before committing, find out who sponsors the group and if they bring in the right small-business experts for your needs. Research online and speak to previous participants—were their needs successfully met through the program?

Alternatives to Accelerator programs include Women’s Business Centers and mentoring and counseling services offered by agencies and organizations like SCORE and MicroMentor.org.

By harnessing resources like Accelerator programs that are becoming more available every day, female small-business owners can boost their start-ups and invest in their futures.

For other resources tailored to female small business owners, check out the SBA’s Women-Owned Business Guide:

http://www.sba.gov/content/women-owned-businesses

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