A Women's Funding Network Initiative

Business Planning

Planning your business means laying down the foundations you will need to make sure that your business is a success. This means understanding the market, making sure that there is a demand for what you plan to sell, getting your product just right, and creating a budget and a plan for how you will run your business. This section includes curated resources and tools from around the web to help you do just that.

Resources & Tools

Legal Services for Entrepreneurs

Legal Services for Entrepreneurs is an economic justice and community empowerment project of the Lawyers’ Committee. LSE provides free transactional legal services to low-income individuals who want to start or develop businesses, businesses committed to investing in economically distressed communities, including hiring people with arrest and conviction records, and mom and pop shops located in areas where gentrification is a force for displacement. LSE provides workshops, clinics and consultations, and attorney matching.

Career Girls Video: Finding Your Path

“Finding Your Path” is a video featuring Wendy Harmic, from our partner Career Girls.

Career Girls Video: Learning What You Like in a Career

“Learning What you Like in a Career” is a video featuring Carol Fishman Cohen, from our partner Career Girls.


Trello is a service that lets you plan your work online. You can make to-do lists, attach files, organize projects, and more. Trello offers a free version, as well as a package for businesses that costs $9.99 per month.


Use this marketing budget calculator tool to help you figure out how much you need to spend on your marketing. This website also has resources about how to improve your marketing budget and make it more effective.


WordPress.org offers a basic, free way to create a website for your business (note that you will still have to buy your domain, which is your website address). A website with more features for small businesses costs $25/month.


Squarespace offers easy to use website templates that allow you to build a website for your business. It is easy to use, but costs $12 per month for a basic website (plus the cost of buying a domain, which is your website address). For businesses that include online transactions, the cost is $26/month.


SCORE provides you free business mentoring and advice. They also offer educational webinars, courses on demand, and a library of resources with guides and helpful articles. Connect with SCORE in your community or online at www.score.org.


Business planning software that helps you write your business plan and create a financial forecast. There is a free option, as well as paid options that offer more features.


Offers free business plan templates, as well as a variety of free tools including a small business toolkit, resources for pitching and funding your business, and numerous templates and tools.

Women’s Business Development Center

The Women’s Business Development Center provides a simple, easy to understand guide to becoming certified as a woman-owned business.

Hello Alice

Hello Alice uses AI technology to curate tools, resources, events and opportunities based on stage of business, and they believe in inclusivity for women and minorities. They also run a 12 week virtual accelerator.

National Women’s Business Council

The NWBC conducts lobbying and advocacy on behalf of women business owners. Their website has facts and figures about women in business.

Career Girls

CareerGirls.org is a video-based career exploration tool for girls, with an emphasis on STEM careers. The mission of Career Girls is for all girls to reach their full potential and discover their own path to empowerment through access to inspiring career role models.

Career Girls Video: What Type of Person Makes a Good Analyst

“What Type of Person Makes a Good Analyst” is a video featuring Eliza Sorise-Sawyers from our partner, Career Girls.


Small Business Administration (SBA)

SBA is a one-stop-shop for all your business needs. They have guides, templates, tools and links to local resources.

Career Girls Video: Networking

“Networking” is a video featuring Lisa Peoples, from our partner Career Girls.

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