Department of Civil Rights

Velma J. Korbel, Director

350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday


Women-Owned Business Resources

Association of Women Contractors (AWC)

Organization committed to assisting women-owned companies in the construction industry to become an active voice in the business community.

Phone: 651.489.2221

E-mail: [email protected]



Minnesota Business Women

Organization that helps members become the best they can be, by helping local organizations recruit vibrant members, by offering development programs that empower and engage, by being responsive to members’ needs, and by being active in the conversations about power and economic success in the state, in our nation and around the world

E-mail: [email protected]



National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

NAWBO provides a local avenue for women entrepreneurs to connect with their peers through networking, educational programs, mentorship and

Phone: 612.326.7772

E-mail: [email protected]



National Women’s Business Council

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners

Phone: (202) 205-3850



Online Women’s Business Center

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.


Email: [email protected]



The American Business Women’s Association

The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.

Phone: 1.800.228.0007

Email: [email protected]



Woman Owned

This website provides online business information and networking assistance as well as a number of resources for setting up, running, and growing businesses.

Phone: 1.855.229.7416

Email: [email protected]



Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) – Minnesota

Provides certification and support to women-owned businesses in the Midwest.

Phone: 612.259.6584

E-mail: [email protected]



Women's Business Center (Entrepreneur Fund)

The Women’s Business Center (WBC) aims to grow the income, influence and leadership of women business owners in our region.

Phone: 1.800.422.0374



Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBENC)

WBENC is a non-profit that serves as the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the U.S. to provide certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC  is also the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America's corporations.

Phone: 202.872.5515

E-mail: [email protected]




WomenVenture is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting women-owned businesses by providing microloans, working capital, education and ongoing consultation through all stages of business.

 Phone: 651.646.3808

E-mail: [email protected]


Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota

The mission of Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota (WeMN) is to provide personal, professional, and business growth opportunities for entrepreneurial-spirited women leaders through networking, mentorship, and education.

E-mail: [email protected]


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