We’ve created a resource guide to help you succeed in building an online brand and launching a business around your passions. The list includes educational resources, networking organizations, training programs, tech gadgets and more. Many of these resources were recommended (or created) by Digital Diversity guests. If there’s a resource that you love and want to recommend, contact us and share it! Check out the list below for resources in your area(s) of interest.

Entrepreneurship // Technical Training // Networking // Crowdfunding // Reading List

Entrepreneurship

Small Business Association offers a variety of programs and support services to help you get your business off the ground and resources to help after you open for business.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.

Women’s Economic Development Association (WEDA) is non-profit organization with the mission to help women achieve economic independence, create opportunity, and, build a business community through entrepreneurship.

100 Urban Entrepreneurs (100UE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation dedicated to helping provide a meaningful, long-term economic boost to urban communities throughout the United States by supporting minority entrepreneurship at its earliest stages. They do so by offering $10,000 startup grants and eight weeks of intensive business mentoring to entrepreneurs all across the United States.

Black Founders is on a mission to increase the number of successful black entrepreneurs in technology. Their goal is to create an ecosystem that stimulates tech entrepreneurship and fosters economic growth in the community. The vision for Black Founders is to develop global programs that equip entrepreneurs, inspire innovation, and allow them to share resources and knowledge.

Technical Training

Code School teaches web technologies in the comfort of your browser with video lessons, coding challenges, and screencasts.

Codecademy is an easy way to learn how to code. It’s interactive, fun, and you can do it with your friends.

Udemy offers a variety of online courses.

HTML Goodies is the ultimate HTML resource.

W3 Schools is the web’s largest web development site, offering free tutorials in all web development technologies.

Lynda.com offers a wide variety of software training and tutorials.

Web Video Chefs is an online educational resource that will teach YOU to create videos like a pro. The site provides video tutorials about a variety of topics, including production, shooting and editing.

Networking

Meetup.com is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. Check it out to connect with others in your area who are interested in social media, technology, coding, UX, blogging, vlogging, entrepreneurship and more. If you can’t find a Meetup that’s right for you, start your own!

VocalTap.com. Why build your business alone? VocalTap allows you to create an advisory board of your peers to keep you focused and learn from each other’s experiences. Co-founded by Digital Diversity guest Steven Otu.

Crowdfunding

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Since Kickstarter launched in 2009, over $450 million has been pledged by more than 3 million people, funding more than 35,000 creative projects.

Indiegogo is an international crowdfunding platform.

iFundie.com helps artists and entertainers raise money for pretty much anything they want. Our tools make funding projects simple, fun and effective at costs dozens of times lower than alternatives. Co-founded by Digital Diversity guest Steven Otu.

Reading List

I’m an avid reader and couldn’t resist the opportunity to share what’s on my bookshelf these days. Check out the list below for great advice about life and business.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a classic business and self-help book that’s been recognized by Time as one of “The 25 Most Influential Business Management Books.”

One of my new favorite books is The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It. If you’re ready to develop powerful new habits, this book will provide you with a lot of tips and tricks that you can use to make changes.

If you tend to be more of a dreamer than do-er, Making Ideas Happen provides a simple system that you can use to turn those plans into action steps.

The Brand You 50 dishes out 50 ways that you can take your personal brand from “OK” to “outstanding.”