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  • Writer's pictureCaitlin Lagnese

IWD-Celebrating Women-Owned Businesses, Charities & Organizations

It’s time to celebrate International Women’s Day! Yes, IWD was yesterday but is it really ever too late to celebrate us ladies?! In this post you will find a list of national and international women-owned businesses, charities, and organizations. We also wanted to highlight a few local North East Ohio based women-owned businesses. A big thank you to those who reached out and gave their personal businesses as well as favorite organizations that empower women!

National and international women’s charities and organizations:

Women’s Global Empowerment Fund

“The mission of Women’s Global Empowerment Fund is to support women through economic, social and political programs, creating opportunities while addressing inequality; strengthening families and communities.”

To learn more or donate visit

Women for Women International

“Our global community invests in women survivors of war and conflict, providing them with social and economic skills to transform their own lives. Women pass their knowledge to those around them, creating a more just world—a world where every woman’s voice, role, and contribution are visible and valued.”

To learn more, sponsor a sister, or donate visit

Every Mother Counts

“We invest in organizations working to improve access to quality, respectful and equitable maternity care around the world.”

Serving Guatemala, United States, Haiti, Tanzania, India, and Bangladesh.

To learn more or donate visit

Equality Now

“At Equality Now, we believe in creating a just world where women and girls have the same rights as men and boys. We tackle the most difficult issues, challenge ingrained cultural assumptions and call out inequality wherever we see it. Social change often begins with legal change and so we use the power of the law to create enduring equality for women and girls everywhere.”

To learn more or donate visit

Dress for Success

“The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.”

To learn more, find a location near you, or donate visit


“Now is the time to build a world where sexual harassment does not occur, which means building workplaces that are safe, fair, and dignified for everyone.”

To learn more or donate visit

The National Council for Jewish Women

“The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.”

To learn more, find a location, or donate visit

Malala Fund

“Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai founded Malala Fund in 2013 to champion every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education. Together our board, leadership council, staff and champions are creating a more equal world by making sure all girls can go to school.”

Primary countries are Afghanistan, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey.

To learn more or donate visit


“IFundWomen is the go-to funding marketplace for women-owned businesses and the people who want to support them with access to capital, coaching, and connections.”

To learn more visit

International and national women-owned businesses:

The Paper Vow

“An online stationery boutique creating designs from scratch for engaged couples. Add in a splash of wax seal obsession and greeting card love as well! Devoted to educating brides along the way to make stationery planning less stressful.”—Christy Townsend, owner of The Paper Vow

For a consultation visit


FIT4MOM is the nation’s leading prenatal and postnatal fitness program, providing fitness classes and a network of moms to support every stage of motherhood. From pregnancy, through postpartum and beyond, our fitness and wellness programs help make moms strong in body, mind, and spirit.

To find a FIT4MOM location near you visit

Latched Mama

Affordable fashion that is size inclusive for nursing moms!

To shop visit

Candid Coaching

Tera Willingham is a Certified Dream Manager dedicated to coaching people to discover who they are and what their life’s purpose is. Her background in executive support and growth enhance her ability to develop efficient action plans that produce successful outcomes.

To get into contact with Candid Coaching visit candidcoaching pro

You & Blue

You & Blue was started up by Rachel Deborré in 2020 to create products designed to have an impact on mental health. It started with a book, Harriet and the Blue Monkey, which she created to help children recognize and understand sad feelings which can lead to depression. She created the book based on her own experiences of depression over the last 15 years and worked with a child psychologist and primary years educators to make it accurate but also exciting. From there she has grown the business to include a range of mental health greetings cards designed to help someone be there for someone they know even when they're not quite sure of what to say. The ultimate goal of You & Blue is to create products that promote better mental health for all through discussion, understanding and education. They are products to create a kinder world.

To learn more or shop visit

Nubian Skin

Frustrated with the limited skin tone range in nude underwear lines, Ade Hassan decided it was time to take matters into her own hands. Ade created Nubian Skin, a collection of linguine and hosiery catering to the essential underwear needs of women of color.

To check out her line visit


Comfortable underwear and swimwear designed for that time of month. Their designs are all anti-microbial, moisture-wicking, and leak-resistant.

To shop visit

CLE Consulting Firm

"Operating a successful business takes an enormous amount of time and energy. As a small-business owner or leader of a religious organization or not for profit, you have many responsibilities to ensure that your business is profitable and successful. But you don’t have to do it alone. CLE Consulting Firm can provide accounting, bookkeeping, outsourced controllership, tax services and more to meet the fiscal needs of your organization. Our goal and commitment is to complement your existing resources and provide the support necessary to help you grow your business, make informed financial decisions, and feel confident in the accuracy of your financial information."

For more information visit

Usborne Books & More

Sharon Kutz is here to help you select the best books for the readers in your life by offering a personal shopping experience from your home. Whether you are shopping for newborns, toddlers, tweens or teens, our one-stop shop has great gifts for all of your family and friends. Did you know you can earn FREE books for yourself or a charity of your choice? You can earn hundreds of dollars in free books by hosting a fun online party! Fundraising opportunities are also available!

To buy books or host a party visit


Farmasi is an International beauty and personal care company. It offers high end make up and skin care at affordable prices.

To shop visit

Beach Body

“My goal is to help women feel confident in their skin and overall wellness. You can love who you are and still want growth! We are women empowering women through a supportive wellness community! We do more than just fitness, we do life! I've been stuck, I've hit rock bottom, I've experienced postpartum depression and insecurities. You can do hard things! Physically, mentally and spiritually, I am here to guide you and strengthen you! Be encouraged because YOU are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made!” — Mackenzie Komara

Local NEO women-owned businesses:

Thank Dog NEO

Thank Dog Boot Camp was started in 2007 by a pair of sisters in Burbank California. They felt bad leaving their dogs at home to go work out, and knew that their dogs could greatly benefit from getting exercise as well.

Thank Dog Boot Camp offers group fitness classes for people and their dogs. It pairs cardio and weight training for people with obedience training dogs. Classes are an hour long, offered outdoors in parks April through October, and at a few select indoor locations November through March.

Franchise owner Heidi Braun says, “Thank Dog Boot Camp in Northeastern Ohio came about 9 years ago after I adopted a very energetic dog. I work full time and had always spent at least an hour every evening at the gym. It wasn’t fair to my new 4-legged companion to be cooped up in the house all day and all evening. Walking around the neighborhood wasn’t enough of a workout for me. So I went in search of something that would work for both of us. When I came across Thank Dog Boot Camp I knew it was the answer for both of us. Figuring I wasn’t the only one with this problem, I brought Thank Dog Boot Camp to Cleveland’s east side.”

For more information visit

Adventures by Amaris

Amaris is a travel agent specializing in family travel including multi-generational family vacations, run related trips, and milestone trips. Her expertise is with Disney, runDisney, and all-inclusive vacations in Mexico, The Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. She is located in Northeast Ohio and loves bringing families together to make lifelong memories and enjoy unforgettable experiences.

For more information visit

La Bamba Tortilleria

Leticia Ortiz is owner of La Bamba Tortilleria, located in Cleveland, Ohio. Ortiz makes fresh homemade tortillas for many local Mexican restaurants such as Cozumel and Nuevo Acapulco. People often rave about her delicious and fresh tortillas saying they are truly one of a kind. Ortiz is hoping to continue growing her business and create more jobs in her community.

Learning Ladder Gymnastics

“I started Learning Ladder Gymnastics in 2016 in hopes to make learning fun through physical activity for toddlers up through young school-aged kids. We focus on teaching the whole child and not just the athlete to better prepare them for school and life in general. Gymnastics is such a beautiful and wonderful sport that I believe is the perfect foundation for kids of all ages. It helps kids improve gross and fine motor skills, flexibility, strength, and coordination. It also teaches so many important life lessons such as perseverance and hard work. Oh and did I mention that it is FUN?! Inspiring the next generation to grow a love for the sport, learning, and physical fitness is truly my passion!” - Jen Kontur, owner of Learning Ladder Gymnastics

For more information visit

Jasmine Rene Studio

Jasmine Rene Studio launched in Cleveland Heights in 2017. Her studio is an all-inclusive Fashion Studio and Beauty Bar. Clients can get their garments custom made and get their hair and makeup done, all under one roof.

For more information and location visit

I.D.E.A. Boutique (Inspired Designs by Elizabeth Anne)

Located in historical downtown Medina, Ohio, I.D.E.A. Boutique sells beautiful and ethical jewelry, handbags, hats, kitchen and bath, and spiritual items.

To shop online or find location view


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