National Association of Women Business Owners
1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 830
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301)608-2590 * Fax (301)608-2596

SBA/Business Information Center
Carmen Long-Counselor
1110 Vermont Ave., NW, 9th floor
Washington, DC 2005
(202) 606-4000 ext. 279

The Business Information Center (BIC), located in the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Washington District Office, is a unique place designed to help you with your business research and planning. This "one-stop center" sponsored by SBA and Bell Atlantic, provides you with over 2,000 small business planning tools combined with free counseling and one-on-one service.

U.S. Small Business Administration
Office of Women's Business Ownership
409 Third Street, S. W.
Washington, DC 20416
contact: Janine Stanzione
(202)205-6673 * (202)205-7287

CEO Praxis, Inc.
11 South 4th Street
Grand forks, ND 58201
(701/775-3354 * Fax (701)772-1425

CEO Praxis works nation-wide with entrepreneurs, development organizations and technology research organizations to innovate and assemble resources to create enterprise opportunities based on technology and information. They offer a variety of enterprise development services for entrepreneurs to include; Emerging Technology and New Product Commercialization, Capital Acquisition and Enterprise Networks and community enterprise services for development organizations to include; Community Enterprise opportunities, enterprise homesteading and enterprise informatics.

The National Association for the Self-Employed
P.O. Box 241
Annapolis Junction, MD 20701-0241
contact: Bennie L Thayer, President/CEO

The National Association for the Self-Employed was founded in 1981 by a group of small business owners who recognized they could obtain lower prices for goods and services, which large businesses enjoy, simply by banding together. From a modes beginning with only a few member benefits, the NASE has grown to encompass more than 100 member benefits -- including SHOPTALK 800 -- a toll-free small business advice hotline, legislative advocacy at federal and state levels, discounted car and truck leases, office equipment discounts, business resource books, as well as travel and long-distance telephone services. The NASE also endorses a range of insurance products, including health, dental, accident and disability. The NASE is a non-profit corporation established under section 501 (c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code. The NASE receives no commission or remuneration whatsoever from the sale of any member benefit.

Business Loan Center
1301 N. Hamilton Street
Richmond, VA 23230
804-358-6454 FAX (804) 358-9025
Robert McGee, CEO

Business Loan Center specializes in financing for America's small businesses with proven management, demonstrated repayment ability from company earnings, adequate equity capital and reasonable collateral. Over the past two years BLC has originated and closed over $50 million in small business loans.

Network Professional Association
151 East 1700 South
Provo, Utah 84606-7380

Network Professional Association (NPA) provides extensive opportunities for peer interaction and strategic contacts, hands-on experience in the latest hardware and software, free evaluation of products and or substantial discounts on hardware and software exclusively to its members, an electronic communications system where all NPA members can meet, exchange ideas, a newsletter which covers the leading technical topics in the network computing industry, as well as articles on network troubleshooting, professional development, and NPA news, and technical conferences and training.

Howard University Small Business
Development Center
2600 Sixth Street, N.W.
Room 125
Washington, DC 20059
(202) 806-1550 FAX (202) 806-1777

The Small Business Development Center is a Howard University outreach program working in partnership with the public and private sectors to improve the status of minority and other small businesses in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Funded by Howard University and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Center develops the small business community by providing management counseling and training to current and potential business owners and managers, Howard University students, faculty and staff.

National Minority Supplier Development Council
15 W. 39th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10018
(212) 944-2430

The National Minority Supplier Development Council matches minority-owned firms with corporate procurement opportunities. NMSDC's database includes 15,000 vendors and 3, 500 corporate sponsors.

The Congress of National Black Churches, Inc.
1225 Eye Street, N. W., Suite 750
Washington, DC 20005-3914
(202) 371-1091 FAX (202) 371-0908
Contact: Reverend Samuel Nixon, Jr.

The Congress of National Black Churches, Inc., (CNBC), founded in 1978 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a coalition of eight historically black denominations that function as a voluntary nonprofit organization. CNBC has a twofold purpose: 1) to promote unity, charity, and fellowship among the member denominations; and (2) to provide the opportunity for the identification and implementation of program efforts that may be achieved more effectively through collective action than by any single denomination.

George Washington University
Small Business Clinic
720 20th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
(202) 994-7463

The Small Business Clinic, National Law Center, at George Washington University, provides legal counseling covering a multitude of small business issues, serves as a vital component to the Washington, D.C. SBDC network. The Clinic's bilingual staff and students counsel English and Spanish-speaking clients referencing a wide range of legal situations.

The American Institute for Small Business
Educational Materials for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
7515 Wayzata Blvd.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55426
(612)545-7001 FAX (612)545-7020
Toll Free 800/328-2906

Interagency Committee on Women's Business Enterprise

The Latino Economic Development Corporation Inc.
2316 18th Street, N. W.
Washington, DC 20009-1815
contact: Mr. Marcelo M. Elissetche
(202) 588-5102 FAX (202) 588-5204

U.S. Depatment of Commerce Trade Information Center, HCHB 7424
14th and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20230

The trade information center offers counseling on federal export programs. The department also tracks how much money countries are spending in trade.
(202) 482-0543

National Minority Business Council
235 E 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
(212) 573-2385

The National Minority Business Council offers help to minority-owned firms in the areas of procurement, training, education, international trade advocacy and communications.