Useful Links for Minority and Women Business Enterprises
 Other Small Business Resources

Local/Regional Minority & Women Resources

Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho Recognizes, celebrates, and preserves Latino arts, heritage, culture and values.

Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs Providing services to the Hispanic Community and serving as a liaison between the community and government entities. Working toward economic, educational, and social equality, the Commission identifies and monitors programs and legislation, and researches problems and issues facing Idaho's Hispanic community. The Commission identifies solutions and provides recommendations to the governor, legislature, and other organizations concerning issues facing the State's Hispanic population.

Idaho Inclusiveness Coalition Charged with developing and implementing strategies for creating inclusive communities in Idaho. Includes an African-American Business Directory (under "Resource Center").

MicroEnterprise Training & Assistance (META) Nonprofit provider of direct and supportive small business assistance to new Americans, women, minorities, and other low- to moderate-income entrepreneurs in southwest and south central Idaho.

Mujeres Unidas de Idaho MUI brings Latinas in Idaho together to examine and take action on issues affecting our communities. MUI develops new Latina leaders in our communities so each new leader takes an active role in society. MUI values the power of every woman and believes all women should be valued equally.

Latino Economic and Development Center (LEAD) LEAD’s mission is to assist Latino entrepreneurs with expert tools for successful business start-up or expansion leading to increased economic opportunities and participation in eastern Idaho’s economy.

NAACP - Treasure Valley Branch As a non-profit organization, all officers and executive committee members at the local and conference level, work on a volunteer basis to defend those who cannot defend themselves. Our primary purpose is to address civil rights complaints filed by everyday citizens.

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO): Boise Chapter Propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social, and political spheres of power worldwide. The resounding success of women business owners makes them the fastest growing segment of American business. NAWBO is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs in all industries. It currently has over 8,000 members in more than 80 chapters.

National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Boise Chapter 245 Its core purpose is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry.

Organization of Native American Business & Entrepreneurial Network (ONABEN) A non-profit Native American Business Network created by Northwest Indian Tribes to increase the success of private businesses owned by Native Americans. ONABEN offers training and support focused on developing entrepreneurship in Indian communities.

Snake River Basin Business Association, Inc. (SRBBA) Supports Native American small businesses, Native entrepreneurs and a strong reservation economy on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.

National Minority & Women Business Enterprise Resources

African American Business Link African American Business Link offers a business directory, online catalog shopping, and a complete line of Web publishing and communication products that link businesses, consumers, manufacturers and vendors -- both African American and others. Learn how you can advertise, display and sell products, services and information to this diverse readership with a listing, home page or web site. We're located in Washington's Puget Sound region, but we want to help you do business all over the world.

Asian Women in Business A not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1995 to assist Asian women to realize their entrepreneurial potential. AWIB fills a vital need for women who need information, education and networking opportunities to start or expand their businesses.

Center for Women's Business Research   Premier source of knowledge about women business owners and their enterprises worldwide. Online resource hub for multicultural businesses. Hispanic Business News Magazine for Hispanic Professionals, Executives, and Business Owners – Information on U.S. Hispanic Economic Market, Media, and Demographics – Hispanic Business Directory – Finance – and More.  

Minority Business Entrepreneur (MBE) Magazine A bimonthly publication for and about minority and women business owners.

National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Promotes and supports the advancement and employment of women in the construction industry.

National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) Its mission is “To develop and expand an American Indian private sector which employs Indian labor, increases the number of tribal and individual Indian businesses, and positively impacts and involves reservation communities, by establishing business relationships between Indian enterprises and private industry.” Includes links to Native American Business Development Centers.

NativeBiz Indian Country's business news and social network.

NativeEDGE Native American Indian Business Development Web portal working in conjunction with NCAIED. The web portal works to facilitate a sustainable economic development within American Indian and Alaska Native communities through linking NCAIED, federal agencies, educational institutions, organizations, and other business and informational resources through a single web portal. Through this website, you can search for specific resources for business development and other resources, browse through publications on economic development, and catch up on what's new that affect Native businesses, procurement opportunities and other resources related to Native American Indians throughout the world.

Office of Women's Business Ownership OWBO exists to establish and oversee a network of Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) throughout the United States and its territories. Through the management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, entrepreneurs, especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged, are offered comprehensive training and counseling on a vast array of topics in many languages to help them start and grow their own businesses.

Women Construction Owners & Executives, USA Their goal is:

  • To promote the role of Women Business Enterprises in the construction industry.

  • To assist women in executive management positions within the industry.

  • To provide resources to enhance the professional development of every member.

  • To create a legislative network to monitor and pursue legislation advantageous to the business community and the construction industry.

  • To encourage professional standards and member responsibility within the industry

Women's Work Provide resources that help people move from corporations (or any other large organization where someone else has control over your career and well-being) to smaller firms or to setting up their own business.

Local/Regional Business Resources

BizStreet BIZStreet, Greater Spokane Incorporated's Small Business Program, exists to make sure you have the very best resources and referrals to help your business succeed from day one. The BIZStreet Resource Center is part of Greater Spokane Incorporated, but you don't need to be a member to take advantage of our services. Better yet, most of what we offer is free.  At BIZStreet, our purpose is to save you time.  Money.  And mis-steps.  We do that by ongoing research of our own. Resources which we think are promising are reviewed and held to standards of accountability before we ever recommend them to you. 

Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Small Business Success Division Provides opportunities for networking, visibility, referrals, education and training pertinent business information. By collaborating with other resources, the center provides the much needed direction and guidance needed by small businesses. Entrepreneurs can find valuable resources at the Center including trainings, both virtual and live, a Resource Center filled with business reference guides,  and books, tapes and videos to guide small business owners through the matrix of business ventures.  We also offer personalized one-on-one coaching to small business owners.

DrugFree Idaho, Inc. A statewide non-profit organization that works to create a drug-free culture within workplaces, schools and communities.  We can help you create a positive, drug-free work environment that attracts and retains quality workers. DrugFree Idaho, Inc. does all the work to create a customized drug-free workplace program that can decrease your organization’s medical claims, job-related accidents, and employee absences, while increasing employee productivity and morale. Look here first for business tools, information, licenses, and forms from the State of Idaho whether your business is just beginning, new to Idaho or expanding.

Idaho Small Business Development Center Non-profit organization offering a wealth of free and low-cost information resources designed to educate and support Idaho small business owners and managers, inventors, and potential entrepreneurs.

Idaho Small Business Solutions Brought to you by the Reducing Idaho Bureaucracy (RIB) Committee, this site is designed to help Idaho small business owners find their way through the requirements of government agencies that regulate businesses in the State of Idaho. It also features links to many types of small business assistance.

Idaho TechConnect TechConnect is proud to represent a proven methodology and framework to help Idaho entrepreneurs, researchers and scientists achieve commercialization success.  Through our partnership with inc, TechConnect presents a consistent and systematic process to assess commercial potential through So what? who cares? why you?® 

Kickstand An entrepreneur support organization, Kickstand's overriding mission is to help its members network, learn and grow.

Ontario BizCenter The Treasure Valley Community College BizCenter provides confidential one-on-one business advisory, affordable workshops, long-term programs, and a library of books, videos and SBA publications. Any potential or existing small business or individual within the Treasure Valley service area is eligible for professional business advisory services free of charge. Ninety-five percent (95%) of all businesses in the service area are considered to be small businesses. BizCenter-sponsored classes and workshops typically are offered for a nominal fee.

Washington Small Business Development Center Provides valuable business advising, training, and research services to business owners or prospective owners operating in a rapidly changing business environment.

General Business Resources

Business Degrees & Online Subject Guide  Includes recommended business journals, resources and organizations, and information on online Business Degrees.

CCH Business Owner's Toolkit "Total know-how for small business."

IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center Broad range of resources for self-employed entrepreneurs, employers, and small businesses.

National Association for the Self-Employed Since its beginning in 1981, the National Association for the Self-Employed has pioneered support for micro-businesses and the self-employed, while helping to define this important part of the American economy

National Federation of Independent Business The nation's largest small-business advocacy group representing the consensus views of its 600,000 members in DC and all 50 state capitals.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) Dedicated to aiding in the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide.

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBEC) Works to influence legislation and policies that help to create a favorable and productive environment for small businesses and entrepreneurship. By educating policymakers, legislators, the media and the public about the critical role that small businesses play in our economy -- and how government actions can positively or negatively affect the small business community -- SBSEC strives to establish a solid public policy foundation upon which entrepreneurial activity and small businesses can survive and flourish.


Government Business Procurement The U.S. government's official business link: direct entry to information, forms, and assistance when you need it.

Department of Defense Indian Incentive Program Requires contractors to use their best efforts to give Indian organizations and Indian-owned economic enterprises the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in subcontracts awarded to the fullest extent consistent with efficient performance of the contract(s). Contracting officers, subject to the terms and conditions of the contract, shall authorize an incentive payment of 5% of the amount paid to subcontractors that are Indian organizations or Indian-owned economic enterprises.

Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs

Department of Energy Office of Economic Impact and Diversity DOE's focal point for small businesses interested in doing business with the Department of Energy (DOE).

Department of Defense Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACS) PTACs are a local resource available at no or nominal cost that can provide assistance to business firms in marketing products and services to the Federal, state and local governments .

Federal Aviation Administration: Business Opportunities

Federal Highway Administration: Doing Business with FHWA

Federal Transit Administration: Doing Business with FTA

Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
Using specially designed bid tracking software to access a variety of procurement systems, the Idaho PTAC alerts you to potential new customers and provides information on new opportunities that match your company’s product and service profile. The Idaho PTAC is a service available to all Idaho businesses and is a great tool to expand your sales and marketing reach. Best of all, your membership is free.

Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) The MBDA of the United States Department of Commerce is the only Federal agency specifically created to encourage the creation, growth, and expansion of minority-owned businesses in the United States.

Northwest Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) SBTRC's mission  is to  increase the number of small and disadvantaged businesses that are prepared to compete for, and enter into, transportation-related prime and subcontract.

Small Business Administration Small Business Resources, SBD & 8(a) Certification, HUBZones, and more.  

US Department of Transportation Business Services

US Department of Transportation’s Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) DBE Info, Press Releases, Newsletters, Contracting Opportunities, State Links, Regulatory Issues, and More.  

VetBiz: the Federal Web Portal for Veterans in Business Designed to assist veteran entrepreneurs who want to start and expand their businesses in the Federal and private marketplace. This site provides up to the minute information from the Federal Government as it pertains to Service Disabled and Veteran Owned Small Businesses.