The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is a recognized leader in the development of innovative and effective programs that serve all stages of business owners.  The same standards used to create the workshops presented year-round in our Center and throughout our nine-state Midwestern Region have been used to create the workshops presented at our annual Conference. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Launching Your Own Business: From Dream to Reality 

(For start-ups)

9:45 – 11:45 a.m.     Breakout Room E353B, Lakeside Center, McCormick Place

Ready to turn your dream of business ownership into reality?

Before you do, attend this participant-led session featuring those on the frontlines - other women who have started their own businesses and the professionals who helped them get there.  Hear how they secured financing, how their businesses evolved, how they learned to balance their personal and professional lives, and how they knew when to change.  This stimulating, interactive session, designed by the collective intelligence of the women business owners in the WBDC community, will provide you with the tools, information and guidance you need to launch a successful business.

10,000 Small Business Alumni Panel

(For established businesses)

9:45 - 11:45 a.m.       Breakout Room E353C, Lakeside Center, McCormick Place

Attend this session to experience a 10,000 Small Businesses Mini-Class and find out about a program that can take your business to the next level!  Hear about what it take to grow a business, gain helpful business tips, and experience firsthand the type of learning environment you could benefit from by applying for the free, competitive application program sponsored by the Goldman Sachs Foundation.

Featuring an Interactive Classroom Experience on:
•    What it Takes to Grow Your Business
•    10KSB Program Curriculum, Mission and Benefits to Small Business Owners
•    Vision, Culture & Performance Management in the Workplace - and more!

Facilitated by the following 10,000 Small Businesses Team Members:
Bral Spight, Executive Director
C. Adam Callery, Ed.D., Lead Faculty
Brandon Pendleton, Faculty
Kelly Dobbins, Recruiting & Alumni Manager

Small Business - Big Opportunity: Finding Solutions for Small Business Challenges

(For all business levels)

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.       Breakout Room E353C, Lakeside Center, McCormick Place

Every small business faces obstacles, some larger than others.  Hear from a panel of experts discussing regulatory environments, access to capital, risk management and other issues affecting small business growth and job creation.  The discussion will be moderated by Joan Woodward, President of The Travelers Institute.    


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