Technology Makeover Competition

WBDC 4th Annual Technology Makeover Contest Winner – Rebecca Fyffe, ABC Humane Wildlife

From L-R: Mark Key, CDW; Rebecca Fyffe, ABC Humane Wildlife; Carol Dougal, WBDCWe are all familiar with pigeons, especially those of located in the metro Chicago area.  And we all tend to have the same feelings about them – “gross, get rid of them.”  One Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) is making that happen: ABC Humane Wildlife. The company is led by Rebecca Fyffe who serves as the president and submitted the winning Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) Technology Makeover Competition.

From L-R: Mark Key, CDW; Rebecca Fyffe, ABC Humane Wildlife; Carol Dougal, WBDC

WBDC2013 marked the first year the WBDC Technology Makeover Competition was offered on a national scale and only to Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Certified WBEs.  The WBDC received applications from California to Florida and found there continues to be a need for updated technology within businesses of all sizes.

Rebecca’s organization has big plans for the software and hardware they won:
“The WBDC’s Technology Makeover is the best thing that could ever happen to my company. It would allow me to make a powerful and instant change that I estimate would increase my leads by 40 percent or more immediately! Within 90 days of having new hardware (server and workstations) ready to run our custom software, we would have the program in place just in time for the peak breeding season for most of Illinois’ animals as well as peak nest building season for bees.”

ABC Humane Wildlife was announced as the winner of the Competition at WBENC’s 2013 National Conference & Business Fair in Minneapolis in June.  As a part of the prize package, Rebecca received hardware, software and marketing services from AT&T, CDW, Market M and Microsoft, as well as tickets to the WBDC’s 2013 Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference and WBENC’s 2014 National Conference.

For more information on ABC Humane Wildlife, please click here.


2013 Technology Makeover Competition Sponsors 




2012 Competition Winner: Jennifer Bias, Ficek Electric & Communication Systems, Inc.


“First and foremost, the publicity that I received was a prize in itself.  We were so fortunate to make new business connections and customers just from the publicity.  Locally, I was published as the cover story of the quarterly Tri County Woman magazine that circulates a very broad area and that would not have happened if I didn’t win the technology makeover.

In a nutshell, my office is now running at its peak!  Our new server and laptops are allowing us to be so much more efficient and we are generating more revenue as my technical staff is also using technology as a tool to process service calls and invoices in the field.  My business sense and technology skills have been sharpened through of all the continuing education and our image has been polished to a sparkle.”

Past award winners have received the following prize package:

• Laptop Computers and a Network Printer
• Microsoft Small Business Server and Microsoft Office Professional 2011
• Full Suite of Email Marketing Products and Services
• Server & Network Upgrade
• Website Development, including Branding and Content Development
• Executive Level Business Training

Past Winners:

2011: Linda Toops, Clerestory Consulting
2010: Julie Savitt, AMS Earth Movers

To learn more about the WBDC Technology Makeover, please contact Elizabeth Gardner at

From L-R: Mark Key, CDW; Rebecca Fyffe, ABC Humane Wildlife; Carol Dougal, WBDC


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