I have met and listened to some fascinating speakers at various networking events and I always leave feeling inspired and motivated. There are always one or two nuggets of information that I take away and implement into my business.
The Enterprising Women community offers you many ways to help you grow your business, including promoting your news stories and expertise, an unlimited profile, forums to learn and share with others who have been there or who are going through the same challenges as you, the opportunity to build your network of relationships, find partners and experts - as with everything, what you get out depends on the effort you put in!
Here are just a few of the main sources of support to help you start or grow your business.
Mentoring from our Enterprising Women Mentor Bank
Sometimes an independent pair of eyes and a fresh perspective from someone who has been there before you can provide invaluable benefit to you, and to your business. Mentoring is a powerful personal and development tool and a partnership between two people which is based upon mutual trust and respect. A mentor acts as your guide, helping you find the right direction, developing solutions, challenging assumptions – all in a supportive and constructive way.
The mentoring scheme is for full members only. You can apply to be a mentor wherever you are based in the UK and we also welcome mentors from outside the UK as more and more of our members are exporting. If you feel you can add value to women looking to export into your market, we'd love to hear from you.
Our unique, comprehensive growth programmes and intensive workshops
From our holistic business and personal growth programme or our 2 day intensive growth programme, to our access to finance and investment readiness programmes, our wide range of highly practical, intensive workshops are there to support you and your business at every stage. Special rates exist for full members of Enterprising Women. To find out more, please visit our Growth Programme page.
Online resources and guides
Members can access resources and guides any time of the day or night in our ever-expanding resources section. This is like a library, with checklists, hints and tips from other women in business, professional organisations, and contributions from experts in their fields. If there are topics you are interested in that we haven't covered, please contact us and let us know.
Partner, supplier or prospect searching
You can use the site to search for the perfect business partner or for a supplier near you – or even for companies who you think might benefit from the services or products you offer. Or give us a call if you’re looking to find a strategic alliance, or need a facilitated connection, or want to sign up for our training course on how to find and build sustainable and successful partnerships. The community is a great source of peer support, but is also there to bring business solutions and opportunities. So make sure your profile is completed so people can find you and your business!
With around 45,000 women in our Enterprising Women community, there's bound to be an expert who knows the answer to your question, (or knows someone who can), a local member with whom you can get together for a coffee or something stronger, and of course our local Business Clubs where you can meet for brunch, for lunch, for networking each month. Maybe you'd like to be a new host and help build YOUR local community? You will never feel alone or as if you're the only person going through any particular challenge - we've all been there with child care, guilt, partners, caring for aged ones, juggling - the thrills of success and the agony of defeat.