AWE Resources

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AWE Resources

Find resources to help you build and grow your business. Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) wants to support female entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey.



Small Business Administration

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

Experts Have Shared Information to Assist You
Enterprise Risk Management: with Mark Beasley
Applying for Disaster Assistance loans
Tax and Employment Law Questions

The Kauffman Foundation

Updates, resources, and research news related to COVID-19.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
Survey of Impact of COVID-19 on Small Businesses

Duke’s CASE Knowledge Center

Check out the searchable database for capital relief resources around the world related to Covid-19. It covers resources like grants, loans, cash equivalents and other support resources for entrepreneurs, nonprofits and other businesses.
Database Link

WRAL TechWire

Q&A: Where, how can startups, small businesses find funding in virus crisis?


Who Is Eligible For Small Business Loans In The Economic Stimulus Package?


Sara Blakely Is Giving $5 Million To Support Female-Run Small Businesses?


Small Business and Technology Development Center

The Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) service center at NC State University is located in Raleigh. Our experienced business advisory team offers confidential, in-depth business counseling to mid-sized company business owners and management staff.
Free Workshops

Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

Women’s Business Centers

Women's Business Centers (WBCs) represent a national network of over 100 educational centers throughout the United States and its territories, which are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) oversees the WBC network.

National Women’s Business Council

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners.

National Association of Women Business Owners

Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of over 10 million women-owned businesses in the United States representing the fastest growing segment of the economy.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation works with communities to champion uncommon solutions and share stories that underscore the essential role of education and entrepreneurship in empowering all people within an inclusive economy.


Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR) is seeking to invest directly in young innovators, change-makers, visionaries, entrepreneurs and risk takers between the ages of 21 and 35 with bold ideas for how to make a difference in North Carolina and its communities.

Raleigh SCORE

Dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and encouraging the formation, growth, and success of small businesses by providing FREE counseling and low-cost educational workshops.


NC IDEA is a private foundation with a mission to maximize the economic potential of the people of North Carolina by supporting the formation and fruition of high-growth entrepreneurial endeavors in the state.

KNOW Tribe

The KNOW TRIBE is a collection of dynamic female business owners, leaders, and philanthropists.

Networking Women of the Triangle

The purpose of this group is to network with other ambitious women, give/ask for advice, provide support, discuss job searches and post job openings in the Raleigh-Durham area.

HQ Raleigh

HQ Raleigh offers a broad range of workspaces and a collaborative community for professionals seeking highly dynamic and inspiring work environments for start-up entrepreneurs, freelance creatives, corporate pioneers, or those seeking refuge from the mundane.

NC State Entrepreneurship

NC State has begun a campus‐wide Entrepreneurship Initiative, with the goal of empowering students as entrepreneurial thinkers, doers, and leaders. The plan calls for the establishment of the NC State Entrepreneurship Institute, which will serve as a “front door” to the university’s existing entrepreneurship‐related programs and activities.



ChickTech is a national organization serving tens of thousands of girls and women every year through tech programs and events. ChickTech facilitates hands-on technology-centric events and programs to empower, support, and increase the confidence of women and girls.


e51 is building a robust, visible ecosystem that cultivates high-impact women entrepreneurs through peer advising and coffee connection networking; training through bootcamps, classes and accelerators; and catalyzing students, early stage and seasoned entrepreneurs.

The BOSS Network

The BOSS Network is a community of career and entrepreneurial women who support each other through conversation, online and event-based networking.


The Beehive Collective

The Beehive Collective is a giving circle that awards grants to nonprofits working toward making Raleigh a better place. Members of the Beehive Collective are interested in supporting the development of women through local activities and leadership opportunities.

Female Founders Fund

Female Founders Fund invests in areas where women-led startups have an impact: e-commerce, web-enabled products and services, marketplaces, and platforms. Female Founders Fund make small, supporting investments in companies sourced by their Venture Scouts, operating in sectors or stages that are currently outside of their focus on institutional seed-stage opportunities.

SoGal Ventures

As the first female-led millennial venture capital firm, SoGal Ventures believes in the power of diversity, borderless business, and human-centric design. SoGal Ventures invests in seed stage diverse founding teams in the U.S. and Asia, and aim to be the first institutional investor for their portfolio companies.

I-Fund women

iFundWomen is on a mission to increase access to capital for female entrepreneurs, empowering people to start and grow better businesses. iFundWomen drives funding to startups, small businesses, nonprofits, and side hustles through a flexible crowdfunding platform with a pay-it-forward model, expert startup coaching and a private community for entrepreneurs.


CNote was created by two women with decades of experience working in finance, venture capital, and private equity. In leaving traditional finance to start CNote, they sought to prove that financial innovation could be used as a tool to close the wealth gap, not exacerbate it.

Baylor New Venture Competition

The 2020 Baylor New Venture Competition is open to all not-for-profit accredited university students and recent alumni. There is no limit to the number of teams from a single university that may apply. For further information on team eligibility, visit the 2019 competition website.


Woman Entrepreneur Magazine

A subsidiary of Entrepreneur Magazine, Women Entrepreneur Magazine empowers women in business by connecting, inspiring & creating business women across the world.

The Tory Burch Foundation

Empowering women entrepreneurs.

Women 2.0

With daily content on women in technology, Women 2.0 has made its mission to increase the number of female founders of tech startups with inspiration, information, and education.

Elevator Pitch -

Advice, insight, profiles and guides for established and aspiring entrepreneurs worldwide.