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SME Toolkit Advisory Council Members

The Advisory Council consists of organizations that support constituent owned businesses and work directly with IBM to ensure the SME Toolkit is delivering a high value experience.  Advisory Council members actively support the SME Toolkit and contribute content, tools, services and linkages to their membership base.

The members of the U.S. Advisory Council include the Asian American Business Development Center, Black Enterprise magazine, the Council of the Better Business Bureau, Latinos in Information, Sciences and Technology, the Native American Business Alliance, the Native American Chamber of Commerce, the New York African American Chamber of Commerce, the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Women's President Organization, and the Women's Business Enterprise National Council.

Here is some background information about each organization and a link to their websites:


 The Asian American Business Development Center, Inc. (AABDC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1994 whose mission is to assist Asian-owned businesses to compete in the mainstream marketplace. http://www.aabdc.com


Black Enterprise (BE) is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Each month, Black Enterprise magazine provides 3.9 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. A multimedia company, BE also produces radio and television programming, business and lifestyle events, Web content, and digital media. http://www.blackenterprise.com

  Since the founding of the first Better Business Bureau (BBB) in 1912, the BBB system has proven that the majority of marketplace problems can be solved fairly through the use of voluntary self-regulation and consumer education. The BBB's Core Services include: 1) Business Reliability Reports, 2) Dispute Resolution, 3) Truth-in-Advertising, 4) Consumer and Business Education and 5) Charity Review. http://www.bbb.org


The Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA) is committed to supporting Latinos who focus in Science, Mathematics, Information Sciences and Technology sectors. LISTA promotes the utilization of these sectors for the empowerment of the Latino community. We are an organization that is committed to bringing various elements of Technology under one central hub to facilitate our partners, members and the community with the leverage and education they need to succeed in a highly advanced technological driven society. http://www.a-lista.org/

The Native American Business Alliance facilitates mutually beneficial relationships between private and public businesses with Native American owned companies. To educate the communities on Native American culture, paving the way for future generations. http://www.native-american-bus.org


  The Native American Chamber of Commerce strives to serve the identified needs of the American Indian/Alaskan/Aleut/Native- owned businesses and will serve as a liason with corporations, governmental, and educational institutions, businesses, public media, other civic and religious entities---and will facilitate communications with other community-based organizations. http://www.namcham.org


The New York State African American Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization of individuals and businesses who ban together to advance the commercial, financial, industrial and civic interest of the African American community. It is a civic clearinghouse, a public relation counselor, a legislative representative at the local, state and national levels of government. http://www.aaccnys.org


The USHCC Foundation is committed to the purpose of giving Latino entrepreneurs alternatives for life preparation and life-long learning by developing and implementing initiatives and educational campaigns to awaken and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. http://www.ushccfoundation.org


Women Presidents' Organization improves business conditions for women entrepreneurs and promoting the acceptance and advancement of women entrepreneurs in all enterprises. http://www.womenpresidentsorg.com


 Founded in 1997, the Women's Business Enterprise National Council is the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America's corporations. It also is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC works to foster diversity in the world of commerce with programs and policies designed to expand opportunities and eliminate barriers in the marketplace for women business owners. WBENC works with reps of corporations to encourage the utilization and expansion of supplier/vendor diversity programs. http://www.wbenc.org


Women Presidents' Organization improves business conditions for women entrepreneurs and promoting the acceptance and advancement of women entrepreneurs in all enterprises. http://www.womenpresidentsorg.com


 IBM is pleased to announce that on-line publisher Latin Business Today will provide relevant and insightful editorial and other content for Hispanic business owners on the SME Toolkit. Latin Business Today helps to grow business by offering best practices and solutions within technology and innovation, finance, law, politics and public policy, marketing, resources, analytics, strategic planning and work, life and culture. http://latinbusinesstoday.com/

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