Since inception, the WBDC has been on the forefront of economic development policy and program development to accelerate the growth of women-owned businesses nationally.  The WBDC is a local, national and international advocacy organization and a national leader in the development of programs and policies affecting small, minority and women’s business ownership and women’s economic empowerment.

The WBDC regularly works collaboratively with local, state and national organizations on advocacy issues for small, minority and women-owned businesses.  Some of our advocacy partners include:

Below are a collection of advocacy articles published by the WBDC.  For more information on our advocacy work, please contact Georgia Marsh at

The Future is Bright for WBEs and MBEs
Officials on Every Level Focus on Creating Opportunities

(originally published in January 2012 About Women’s Business newsletter)

This is a unique and exciting time for more business and contracting opportunities for minority and women business enterprises with government entities.  With Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Illinois Governor Quinn, we have elected officials absolutely committed to expanding new business opportunities for women and minority-owned business.  Read more>

WBDC Co-President Travels to Moldova
Hedy M. Ratner Shares Expertise on Women’s Business Issues

(originally published in October 2010 About Women’s Business newsletter)

WBDC Co-President Hedy M. Ratner spent October 2-8 in Chisinau, Moldova, at the request of the U.S. State Department.  Her mission was to discuss women’s entrepreneurship and leadership, and to encourage women to play a larger role in the Moldovan business community.  Read more>

WBDC Advocacy Report
WBDC Active in Area Advocacy Efforts

(originally published in January 2010 About Women’s Business newsletter)

Since its founding, the WBDC has been actively involved in advocacy efforts on the issues of women’s and minority business ownership and economic development.  The WBDC currently serves on the Governor’s Economic Recovery Commission, established by Governor Quinn in October 2009 to provide solutions to our economic challenges in Illinois.  Read more>


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