Great news: More women than ever are taking on the challenge of starting their own businesses. The number of women-owned businesses has grown 3,000% since 1972, and women-owned businesses with revenues over $1 million grew 46% over the last decade (versus 12% for all U.S. businesses in that same time). That’s huge!
Despite these statistics, women still struggle mightily with the funding gap. Studies show that women founders who apply for bank loans receive 45% less money than their male counterparts (yet produce more revenue per dollar funded). And the Salesforce 2019 SMB Trends Report lists access to capital as the #1 constraint on female small and midsized business leaders.
This gap can make starting a business a rocky, uphill climb for women. Fortunately, there’s support along the way — and the view from the top is amazing. Here are some free resources we’ve collected to help women on the journey to business and leadership success.
Free resources for women founders and leaders
Communities and apps
We can all use some extra support. Below are a few great communities — online and mobile — that lift up women entrepreneurs and leaders via networking, mentors, events, and inspiration.
Podcasts focused on women in business
These women-forward podcasts are a fantastic way to fill a window of time. Pick up new strategies, hear from savvy leaders, and learn from the founders getting it done daily.
Co-working spaces for women
Co-working spaces with a focus on women and work have popped up all over the globe. They generally offer beautiful spaces, much-needed business resources, various amenities, and safe, cohesive communities. Here are a few favorites.
Funds investing in women founders
Our own Salesforce Impact Fund invests in the growth of companies tackling issues related to workplace development, equality, sustainability, and the social sector. We asked the fund’s impact investors to recommend a few angels, VCs, and funds that support women entrepreneurs.
Fun follows on Twitter
A simple way to find inspiration and advice is by following some phenomenal women leaders on Twitter. Here are a few powerhouses suggestions; they’re helpful, confident, honest, and real.
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