As a CLNC® consultant you automatically enjoy all of the membership benefits offered by the National Alliance of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants (NACLNC®) and your CLNC colleagues. There are also huge benefits in aligning with professionals in small businesses outside of the legal nurse consulting industry.
After all, every successful professional knows an attorney or two. And there’s no competitive issues rearing their ugly head, especially as you become more and more successful. Men have long excelled in helping each other achieve their business-related goals. And now more than ever, women are doing the same. Here are three women’s business associations for Certified Legal Nurse Consultants interested in networking, growth and education:
- National Association of Women Business Owners — With more than 7,000 members and 70 local chapters nationwide, NAWBO® focuses on issues and opportunities for women business owners. Whether you are just starting your CLNC business or have grown to the multi-million dollar level, NAWBO is an organization where you can share experiences, perspectives and the unique challenges facing women business owners. Annual membership dues range from $150 to $350, depending on the size of your business.
- American Business Women’s Association — With more than 49 local chapters nationwide, membership includes female entrepreneurs and other business and professional women working in traditional workplaces. Its mission is to bring together women from diverse backgrounds and provide opportunities to develop leadership skills, social and business networking opportunities and access to professional development resources. Annual dues are $140.
- Women’s Chamber of Commerce – The USWCC promotes business growth, education and employment opportunities for women. Its goal is to help women business owners control their own businesses. They also provide education and resources to women-owned businesses, business women and women professionals in all fields and disciplines. There is a free membership that provides access to basic resources and a $199 annual membership for businesses.
I don’t recommend limiting yourself to gender-oriented groups only. My best all-around experiences (fun included) have been with co-ed small business groups (think attorney associations also). I do, however, recommend that you get involved with at least one woman’s association. There you will meet other women who understand the challenges of a woman-owned business as only a woman can.
Become active in a professional association outside of legal nurse consulting today. The financial investment is minor compared to the payoff you will gain in your CLNC business.
I’m Just Sayin’
P.S. Comment and share your favorite associations for small business owners.