By Julie Bawden-Davis
A freelancer since 1985, Julie Bawden-Davis has written for many publications, including Entrepreneur, Better Homes & Gardens and Family Circle. Julie blogs via Contently.com.
Running a retail establishment is a challenging undertaking,
but you don’t have to go it alone. A wide variety of organizations
offer support, helping you market and grow your business. The following groups advocate for
small businesses and are dedicated to ensuring they thrive.
Founded in 1937, the NSBA is the oldest small business
advocacy group in the U.S. The organization has a diverse membership covering
all industries. The NSBA promotes free enterprise and advocates state and
federal policies beneficial to small business. Every two years, the NSBA
hosts the Small Business Congress.
The NFIB promotes and protects the right of small
business owners to run their businesses, shares useful, timely information and provides
access to a wide variety of business products and services. The organization holds
annual webinar conferences, as well as on-site state seminars.
Created to help small business owners and the
self-employed reach their professional goals, the NBA’s collective buying power
provides members with a variety of business, lifestyle, health and education support
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce represents 3 million
businesses throughout the U.S., with more than 96% of members
comprising small companies. The organization strives to give small business
owners a voice and to help companies grow. The chamber holds an annual America’s
Small Business Summit.
Designed to empower women entrepreneurs to take charge of
their financial futures, the USWCC provides its members with information,
education, resources and connections throughout an extensive regional network. The
group holds a leadership conference and Women-Owned-Small Business (WOSB) National
Council meeting each year.
WSBAPA was founded to unite women business owners so that
they can serve as valuable resources to one another. Emphasis is placed on
small and startup businesses. The group’s goal is to foster women’s economic
independence by helping them develop skills, education and networking
experience. The organization holds an annual Entrepreneur Conference and Trade Show.
NAWBO strives to encourage women entrepreneurs to empower
themselves economically, socially and politically. The group works toward
economic development in the small business community by building strategic alliances
and influencing public policy. The organization holds the Women’s Business Conference each year.
Founded to provide self-employed entrepreneurs with the necessary
tools to succeed, the organization offers support and access to experts,
benefits and consolidated buying power.
Now that you know where to look for assistance and
support, you can choose the best organization to help you meet your business