When you take those first steps toward opening your own dance studio, you officially become an entrepreneur. Starting your own business is a confusing, complicated and sometimes scary process. The good news is that there are tons of people and organizations that want to see your succeed! Here are five invaluable resources for female entrepreneurs in dance.
1. The U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA is a great place for any small business owner to seek information or guidance. You’ll find articles and white papers on just about every business-related topic imaginable on the SBA website. From creating a business plan to applying for loans, the site covers it all. The federal organization also has a number of resources dedicated solely toward furthering female entrepreneurs. Check out the Office of Women’s Business Ownership for details on local offices, grant opportunities and business seminars.
If you could benefit from a business mentor, the SCORE Association can help you out. This organization provides free advice on starting, running and growing your company. They’ll also set you up with a business mentor who you can talk to online or in person. Once you get involved with SCORE and get your studio off the ground, you can become a volunteer and help other aspiring entrepreneurs achieve their goals.
3. The National Association of Women Business Owners
The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is one of the largest organizations for female business owners, with more than 7,000 members across the country. The NAWBO resource center offers great information on topics ranging from funding to marketing and more.
4. Ladies Who Launch
The focus of Ladies Who Launch is to create support communities for female business owners. It has a number of online and local groups that let entrepreneurs to plan, brainstorm and problem solve together. The Ladies also host expert discussions, intensive workshops and other useful seminars across the country.
5. Dance Studio-Specific Organizations
There are several studio-specific organizations out there who focus on training and supporting studio owners as they navigate the business of studio ownership. A few of these are More Than Just Great Dancing, The Dance Exec, and DanceStudioOwner.com (full disclosure: TutuTix often works with the folks at More Than Just Great Dancing and The Dance Exec on various projects – we think they’re awesome!). These organizations are a great help for studio owners who need the help and advice of someone who’s been in their shoes.
You can always find a helping hand in your own community. Reach out to your local chamber of commerce to see if they have any workshops or resources for new business owners. They might also be able to connect you with other business owners in the area who are willing to offer advice and guidance.