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Best business networks for women entrepreneurs

Posted Aug 20 2009 10:41pm

In the latest issue of Pink Magazine, I read an article titled "Beyond Burnout" that stated women entrepreneurs make up the fastest-growing segment of U.S. small businesses. Then I read only 44% of women-owned businesses are in business after 4-years! I'm not surprised that burnout is one of the top reasons since I experience it often and know I'm not the only one.

So how do we maintain our mojo and pull ourselves up?

1) Sleep does wonders and 2) having a strong support system around you. Trying to do it alone will not work. It's that simple. Staying connected to other inspiring and positive entrepreneurs is paramount and the number of business networks available to you is unbelievable. There couldn't be a better time to launch a business knowing you have like-minded girl power to back you up (and you will need it!).

Here are the few that I've rounded up and had interactions with. My next step is to pick one - two at the most - to be involved with so I can commit the time that is necessary to truly take advantage of the services and networking opportunities. These business networks for women offer a platform to connect with each other, PR leads/training and how-to resources to rock your business!

Haven't launched a business but thinking about it? Check out this article at Inc., "The best industries for starting a business."

Best Business Networks for Women Entrepreneurs

Savor the Success is a boutique social network and PR Cooperative for women entrepreneurs. Our philosophy is that you can achieve amazing things in your lives with the help of other women. Through our PR Booty Camps, 7-Figure Clubs, Savor Talk! Radio Show, and other exciting initiatives, we are helping women to build business.

Collective-E's unique hybrid of an Entrepreneur Agency with a Community Twist is focused on bringing you the services, PR & marketing platforms, exposure and connections you need to nurture your ideas and build your brands.

Ladies Who Launch is your one-stop shop and destination for launching your dreams and growing your business! We deliver you infrastructure and inspiration, relevant connections and vetted resources.

Hatch Network provides educational programs for each stage of the business cycle, including: pre-launch, emerging, established, expanding, and exiting. Watch this inspiring video from Hatch, We Can Do The Impossible, to see why women are joining.

Other networking organizations worth checking out near you:

CRAVEbusiness in Seattle

eWomen's Network

NAWBO: National Association of Business Owners

If you belong to a business network that you love and it's not listed above, please share with us in the comments! Your daily stop for practical tips, quick how-to's and change-the-world inspiration from around the web.

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