Grow Your Business

The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) offers many ways in which to expand your business capacity and enhance your economic development. 


The WBDC offers a variety of workshops specifically designed to assist established business owners to build capacity and achieve the next level of growth and profitability.  Click here for descriptions of workshops offered year round, and view the current Calendar of Events for upcoming workshops and events.

Business Counseling

The WBDC is equipped with a professional team of business counselors who provide free individual and group counseling.  Counselors work with clients on every aspect of developing and managing a business to solve issues, develop strategies and enhance managerial skills.  Our counselors are able to meet with you in person, at our downtown Chicago office, or via telephone.  Call 312.853.3477 x 0 to schedule your appointment.


The WBDC offers access to mentoring services for business owners seeking a mentor for a specific business issue or those who are looking to give back to emerging businesses as a mentor.  We provide support through workshops and webinars on how to be effective in a mentoring relationship and insight on appropriate expectations and responsibilities.  Periodically the WBDC will also provide opportunities to meet in person and recognize and thank participating mentors from our area.  For more information on business mentoring, please click here.

Networking Opportunities

By connecting with the WBDC, you are connecting with a multitude of business professionals.  Through our Connection Points events, the Annual Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference and Corporate Partner Events, we provide structured business networking opportunities for business owners looking to make critical connections.

Furthermore, by becoming certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) you have access to a national database of other WBEs ranging in size and capabilities eager to team with you.  To learn more about WBE certification, please visit our WBE Certification Page.


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