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Inspiration Stage

Inspiration Stage

Dreaming and Planning

You’re thinking about starting a business, but you don’t know where to start! Check out these resources & tools to inspire, motivate, and build the foundation you need to start your business journey.

Resources & Tools

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

SME Toolkit
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The SME Toolkit offers a clear, concise guide to business planning with helpful tools and templates organized by stage of business. The tools include a finance calculators, business templates and stor...
National Women’s Business Council
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The NWBC conducts lobbying and advocacy on behalf of women business owners. Their website has facts and figures about women in business.

Hello Alice
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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 virtua...
Annuity
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Annuity.org offers a basic resource on financial literacy. It explains how to borrow, spend and save money, and includes helpful facts to help determine if your financial planning is on track.

BDG
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BDG is a non-profit project funded by readers that helps amplify the voices of queer and trans people of color. A great place to read articles and get inspired about what it means to be an intersectio...
Bitch Media
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Bitch Media is a nonprofit, independent, feminist media organization dedicated to providing and encouraging an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture.

Queer Feminism
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Queer feminism offers a list of resources related to multiple dimensions of feminism. This is a great place to find things to read and learn about feminism and identity.

Everyday Feminism
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Everyday Feminism is an educational platform where you can learn more about feminism, discrimination and marginalization. They offer courses, articles, and resources.

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

Feministing
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Feministing is an online community run by and for young feminists. They offer resources and articles about feminism, self-care, and a range of other topics.

B Plans
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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.

Enloop
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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.

Calendly
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Calendly generates a link that others can use to book a free spot on your calendar, so you save time on arranging meetings on email. There is a free option, as well as a paid version with more feature...
You Can Book Me
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You Can Book Me generates a link that others can use to book a free spot on your calendar, so you save time on arranging meetings on email. There is a free option, as well as a paid version with more ...
Organizer
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Organizer is a free service that helps you manage and prioritize your email inbox.

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