Are you a women-owned business?

Join Bossy

Requirements to Join

For a limited time, it’s free to list your business on Bossy! To be listed on the Women-Owned Directory, your business must meet the following requirements:

  1. Based in the Chicago area

  2. At least 60% owned by women and/or non-binary individuals OR all owner-operators of the business identify as women and/or non-binary

 

How to get listed

1. Create your Bossy account by clicking on this link 

2. Fill out your business profile

On your dashboard, fill in your business information under the “Contact Details”, “Profile Photo”, “Listing Details”, and “About Me” tabs. Be sure to click “Save” at the bottom of each section before moving on to the next section.

Note: To ensure that potential customers can find you, be sure to select:

  • One category under “Contact Details” > “Best Describes You”

  • 1-3 specified categories under “Listing Details”

3. Activate your business account

Make your business listing live on the Bossy Directory by verifying your email address. You will receive an email from sam@bossychicago.com with the subject line “[Action Required] Please verify your email for Bossy Chicago”. Click the link in this email to verify your email and activate your listing.

4. Spread the word!

For a limited time, our directory listings are completely free so that we can include as many small businesses as possible. We want the Bossy directory to be a community resource, helping everyone in Chicago discover women-owned businesses in their neighborhoods. If you like what we're doing, all we ask is that you show your appreciation by spreading the word. Send this page to your fellow women business owners to help us grow the directory, post about us on social media by sharing a link to our site and tagging us @bossychicago, and ask your newsletter subscribers to subscribe to our newsletter as well at this link. And if you really love us, buy a t-shirt to show us off


Frequently Asked Questions

Does my business qualify to be listed on Bossy?

To be listed on Bossy, your business must be located in Chicago or in a suburb of Chicago. Your business must also either (A) be 60% or more owned by women and/or non-binary people or (B) all owner-operators of the business are women and/or non-binary people (e.g. if there are male owners they are in an investor role and are not involved in the operation of the business). If you are unsure if your business qualifies, please email sam@bossychicago.com.

How do I activate my business listing?

After signing up for Bossy, you will get an email with a link to verify your email address. Once you have verified your email address, your business listing will be active on the directory and discoverable to potential customers on Bossy.

How do I see my business listing on the website?

After logging in to the member dashboard, press “see your profile live” in the upper right corner.

My business information is not showing up on my listing, how do I fix this?

Your business information is likely not being saved properly. As you are filling out your business information, you must press save after filling out each tab before moving onto the next tab. E.g. after filling out the fields under the “Contact Details” tab, scroll to the bottom and press “Save and Continue” before moving on to the next tab.

How can I make sure potential customers find my listing on Bossy?

To be sure customers can discover your business listing, choose one or more categories that best represents your business under the “Listing Details” tab and then press “Save & Continue” at the bottom of the page. Your business will be shown to customers who are searching for the categories you choose on this tab.

To be sure your business displays in our search results under the correct location, on the “Contact Details” tab enter your business address in the field directly above the map and press enter. Wait for the location on the map to update, ensure that it matches the address listed below the map, and scroll to the bottom and press “Save & Continue”.

The map on my profile is displaying the incorrect location, how do I change this?

After logging in to the member dashboard, navigate to the “Contact Details” tab. Enter your business address in the field directly above the map and press enter. Wait for the location on the map to update, ensure that it matches the address listed below the map, and scroll to the bottom and press “Save & Continue”. Your listing will now display the correct address.

How do I upload photos of my business?

Your profile will automatically display the photo that you upload under “Profile Logo” on the “Profile Photo” tab. You can also add a photo gallery with more photos of your business, products, and team. To do so, click on “Photo Albums” > “Add Photo Album” on the lefthand sidebar of your member dashboard. Here you can create a gallery of additional photos.

I don’t have a physical location, how do I list my location on Bossy?

If you don’t have a physical location, you can simply list your location as your city (e.g. Chicago, Oak Park, Burnham) to show potential customers where you are based without giving away your personal address.

If you sell products online or provide services remotely, we suggest that under “Contact Details” > “Best Describes You”, you select “Online Only”. If you are a service provider who works with clients in-person, we suggest that under under “Contact Details” > “Best Describes You”, you select “Brick & Mortar” (even if you don’t have an office) so that potential customers can find you based on their location. If you are a service provider who serves multiple cities, you can list each of the cities that you serve under the “Service Areas” tab.

How do I list more than one location for my business?

After logging in to the member dashboard, fill out all of your business information for your primary location under “Contact Details”, “Profile Photo”, “Listing Details”, and “About Me”. After the listing for your first location is complete, choose “Additional Locations” > “Add Additional Locations” from the left sidebar. Click “Copy Details from Master Account” in the upper right corner. This will copy all of the information you entered already for your business. Enter the address for the second location in the field above the map, wait for the map to update with this location, and press save. Repeat for all business locations.

Your account dashboard is only connected to your primary location. Your additional locations are controlled under the “Additional Locations” link on the left sidebar. If you need to edit the additional locations you have just added, choose “Additional Locations” > “Edit Additional Locations” > “Login to Additional Locations”. This will log you into the dashboard for your additional locations, where you can edit the listing for that location. Note: If you edit the information on your primary listing, it will not update the information on your additional locations. You must update each location separately.

What else can I do to promote myself with Bossy?

Highlighting yourself as a women-owned business can help you generate community support and increase customer loyalty. That’s why in additional to creating the women-owned directory, we’ve designed “Women-Owned” badges for your website and window decals for your storefronts. You can purchase them here.

 

Having trouble?

send us an email - bossy.chicago@gmail.com