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A selection of resources to jumpstart your entrepreneurial spirit inspired by business owner Jewel Thais-Williams.


StartOut is a national nonprofit dedicated to creating great business leaders by fostering LGBT entrepreneurs. A network 15,000 strong in 6 cities, StartOut offers online networking tools and programs such as: An Investor portal, AT&T Mentorship program, Online Community, Membership director.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

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. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.



The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is the business voice of the LGBT community, the largest advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people, and the exclusive certifying body for LGBT-owned businesses.


Library of Congress Small Business Guide

65 Free Web Resources for Starting Your Own Business

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Small-Business Grants: Where to Find Free Money

Startup Grind

LGBT Financial Resources & Insurance Services Center