American Woman's Economic Development Corp.
1250 24th Street, NW, Suite 120
Washington, DC 20037

Economic Development Administration
14th Street and Constitution Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20230
Tel: (202) 482-5081
Website: www.eda.gov

The EDA was created to generate new jobs, help protect existing jobs, and stimulate commercial and industrial growth in economically distressed areas of the United States through funding for programs and Trade Adjustment Centers.

Export-Import Bank (EXIMBANK)
811 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20571
Tel: (202) 565-3900
Tel: (800) 565-3946 (Financing hotline)
Website: www.exim.gov

EXIMBANK is an agency that provides export financing to large and small businesses and to potential exporters who have had difficulty obtaining working-capital loans from commercial lenders.

International Franchise Association
1350 New York Avenue, NW Suite 900
Washington, D.C. 20005-4709
Phone: (202) 628-8000
Fax: (202) 628-0812
Email: ifa@franchise.org
Website: www.franchise.org

The mission of IFA is to enhance and to safeguard the business environment for franchisees and franchisors worldwide. IFA serves as a resource center for current and prospective franchisees and franchisors, the media and the government. IFA promotes programs that expand opportunities for women and minorities in franchising.

Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund
220 I Street, NW #240
Washington, DC 20002
Anthony W. Robinson, President
Tel: (202) 543-0040
Email: jaturner@mbeldef.org

With a membership of more than 2,000 minority businesspersons, the Fund meets at least four times a year in mini-summit sessions to help entrepreneurs understand existing laws and pending legislation that impact on minority business.

National Association of Investment Companies
1111 14th Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 289-4336
Fax: (202) 289-4329

NAIC is the industry association for venture capital firms that dedicate their financial resources to investment in minority businesses. The approximately 150 NAIC members include privately owned specialized small business investment companies, privately owned venture capital firms and a number of investment companies chartered by state and local governments to do focused investing, primarily in minority businesses.

National Association of Minority Contractors
1333 F Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington DC 20004
Tel: (202) 347-8259

Founded in 1969, NAMC is a trade association designed to address the needs of minority contractors nationwide. It provides educational and training seminars and networks through its 30 chapters throughout the nation.

National Association of Small Business Investment Companies
666 11th Street
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 628-5055

NASBIC coordinates and promotes activities of over 270 small business investment companies (SBIC) nationwide. The SBIC program emphasizes investment in the small growth firms which generate jobs. SBIC's can obtain long-term government guaranteed loans from private capital markets for reinvestment in small businesses.

National Business League
1511 K Street NW, Suite 432
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 737-4430

Established in 1900 with the goal of achieving economic independence for minority Americans, the NBL is a national federation with membership in 37 states and 127 authorized chapters. The NBL works to expand minority business participation in franchise ownership and operation, in fast-food and auto-related industries as well as in the transportation, telecommunications, high tech and energy-related fields.

National Federation of Independent Business
600 Maryland Ave., Suite 700, SW
Washington, DC 20024
Tel: (800) 634-2669 or (800) 552-6342
Website: www.nfib.com

As the nation's largest small business organization, NFIB represents more than 600,000 small and independent businesses before legislatures and government agencies at the federal and state level. NFIB also disseminates educational information about free enterprise, entrepreneurship and mall business.

National Small Business United (NSBU)
1155 15th Street, NW Suite 710
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 293-8830

Founded as the National Small Business Association in 1937, the Association merged with the Small Business United, to form NSBU in 1987. The NSBU is a membership association of business owners, which presents small businesses to all levels of government and the Congress. The NSBU also develops programs of national policy that concerns the small business community.

National Women's Business Council
409 Third Street, SW, Suite 210
Washington, DC 20024
Aileen Kishaba, Director, Policy Programs
Tel: (202) 205-6829
Fax: (202) 205-6825
Website: www.nwbc.gov
The NWBC is a Federal advisory body created to serve as an independent source of advice to the President, Congress, and the US Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. The Council's mission is to promote bold initiatives, policies and programs to support women's business enterprises at all states of development in the public and private sector marketpalces, from start-up to success to significance.

Office of Economic Development
717 14th Street, NW, Twelfth Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 727.6600

  • Business Development
    -- Business and Permit Center (202) 727-7100
    -- Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
    (202) 727-7000 -- Incorporation/Corporate Division (202) 727-7278
  • Financial Assistance
    -- Economic Development Finance Corporation (202) 775-8815
    -- Financial Services Division (202) 535-1942
    -- Industrial Revenue Bond Program (202) 727-6600
    -- Loan Guarantee Program (202) 535-1942
  • International Trade
    -- Office of International Business (202) 727-1576
  • Minority/Women Opportunities
    -- Department of Human Rights and Minority (202) 724-1385
    -- Washington, DC Minority Business Development Center (202) 785-2886
    -- Procurement (Department of Administrative Services) (202) 727-0252
  • Publications
    A New "State" of Business Economic Profile (202) 727-6365

Office of Women's Business Ownership (OWBO)
409 Third St. SW Sixth Floor
Washington, D.C. 20416
Tel: (202) 205-6673
Website: www.sba.gov/womeninbusiness/

The Office of Women's Business Ownership is the primary advocate for the interests of women business owners and provides current and potential women business owners with access to the following services and programs: pre-business workshops; technical, financial and management information.

One Economy Corporation
1012 14th Street NW,
Suite 905 Washington, DC 20005
T: (202) 393-0051
F: (202) 393-7260
Email: mail@one-economy.com

One Economy maximizes the potential of technology to help low-income people improve their lives and join the economic mainstream. Through its website, it provides information and tools to low-income people on issues like money, jobs, education, health, family and housing.

Overseas Private Investment Corporation
1100 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20527
Tel: (202) 336-8799
Website: www.opic.gov

OPIC provides loans, loan guarantees and investment insurance for projects in developing countries sponsored by or significantly involving U.S. small businesses or cooperatives.

Small Business Administration
409 Third Street, SW
Washington, DC 20416
Tel: (800) 827-5722
Website: www.sba.gov

The SBA provides a wide range of services to help small businesses obtain and fulfill government contracts. Specifically, the SBA works to increase the number of contracts awarded to small businesses through set-asides for small businesses, subcontracting opportunities with larger companies and a computerized small business source referral system.

U.S. Agency for International Development
320 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20523
Tel: (202) 647-1850
Website: www.usaid.gov

The USAID enables public and private sector importers in developing countries to purchase US products and services through loans and grants.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20062
Tel: (202) 659-6000
Website: www.uschamber.org

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, representing 215,000 businesses, 3,000 state and local chambers of commerce, 1,200 trade and professional associations and 72 American Chambers of Commerce abroad, plays a vital role in helping businesses succeed. It works with and helps local and state chambers and represents national business interests to the federal government. Chamber staff specialists provide information, opinions and analysis in several areas of importance to business and the Chamber's lobbying efforts.

U.S. Department of Commerce
14th Street, between Constitution Avenue and E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20230
Tel: (202) 482-2000
Website: www.doc.gov

The Department of Commerce serves and promotes the nation's international and domestic interest in commerce.


  • Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) Tel: (202) 606-9900 The BEA reports on the state of the U.S. economy from which the Gross Domestic Product is calculated and information on imports and exports.
  • National Technical Information Service (NTIS) Tel: (703) 487-4800 The NTIS is an information service organization that collects and organizes information on technological innovations, other business related information, and information available to the private sector.
    • Technical Reports Sales and Orders (703) 487-4650
    • Research Service (Title Identification) (703) 487-4780
    • Subscriptions (703) 487-4630
    • Computer Products Orders (703) 487-4650
  • Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Tel: (202) 482-1015
    -- MBDA was created to help minority businesses achieve effectiveness and equitable participation in the American economy through management and technical assistance.

    -- International Trade Administration (ITA) Tel: (202) 482-3808 The ITA provides specialized information and counseling to businesses involved in international trade by assisting American exporters in locating, gaining access to and developing foreign markets, and furnishes information about foreign markets open to U.S. products and services.

U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
1030 15th Street, Suite 206, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 842-1212
Website: www.ushcc.com

As the only national Hispanic Chamber, this association represents the interests of over 720,000 Hispanic owned firms in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. It advocates the business interests of Hispanics and develops minority business opportunities with major corporations and at all levels of government.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
409 Third Street, SW
Washington, DC 20416
Tel: (800) 827-5722
Website: www.sba.gov

The SBA serves small businesses through a wide variety of programs in the form of counseling and workshops. The SBA also offers publications on all facets of small business matters.


  • Office of Minority Enterprise Development Tel: (202) 205-6410 The main objective of this office is to foster business ownership by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals through management and technical assistance and Section 8(a) Business Development Program certification.
  • Office of Women's Business Ownership (OWBO) Tel:(202) 205-6673 OWBO was created to serve the interests of women business owners through workshops, the provision of technical, financial and management information, and procurement information.
  • Office of International Trade Tel: (202) 205-6720 The Office of International Trade offers programs targeted toward businesses that specialize in international trade that range from technical and managerial to financial assistance.

The Women's Business Enterprise National Council
1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 950
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 872-5515
Fax:(202) 872-5505
Email: info@wbenc.org
Website: www.webnc.org

The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC, pronounced wee-bank), created in 1997, is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for women's business enterprises in America's major business markets. In partnership with women's business organizations throughout the United States, WBENC provides access to a national standard of certification and provides information on certified women's businesses to purchasing managers through an Internet database -- WBENCLink. WBENC's goal is to foster diversity in the world of commerce. Its programs and policies are designed to expand opportunities and eliminate barriers in the marketplace for women business owners.

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