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Oct25 Category: Partner Event Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Title: Stand Down for Women Vets 2014
Location: Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, 820 S. Damen Ave. 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60612 (map)
Stand Down for Women Vets 2014 Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, 820 S. Damen Ave. 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60612 Educating, Advocating & Motivating Women Veterans  Continental Breakfast & Lunch  New & Gently Used Clothing & More…  Resources & Health Vendors  Free Raffles: Winner Must Be Present to Win!  Special Drawing: (1) Kindle Tablet Fire (1) Flat Screen TV Come and see what every Woman Veteran needs to know. RSVP Required - (31...
Oct25 Category: Partner Event Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Title: North Side Small Business Expo
Location: Truman College, 1145 W Wilson Ave., Chicago, IL 60640 (map)
North Side Small Business Expo Truman College, 1145 W Wilson Ave., Chicago, IL 60640 Department Of Business Affairs And Consumer Protection City Of Chicago has presented four successful expos with more than 30 exhibitors and hundreds of attendees. For the last expo of the year, they are partnering with Harry S Truman College and local chambers of commerce for the North Side Small Business Expo, and want your organization to be part of it! They are asking your agency to be an exhibitor...
Oct29 Category: Partner Event Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Title: Improve Your Contract Opportunities
Location: Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL 60484 (map)
Improve Your Contract Opportunities Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL 60484 Benchmarking or comparing how your business is performing against competitors is important to ensure your financials and cash flow are as strong as possible. Click here to register.
Oct29 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Building Your Financial Team
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Financial matters are becoming increasingly complex – tax regulations are always changing, new investment vehicles are constantly being developed - leaving it hard for one person to keep up with all the changes and manage a business at the same time. That is why you should consider forming a solid financial advisory team. In this workshop you will learn the importance of finding expert professionals to keep you informed of your current financial issues so you can make informed decisi...
Nov4 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Grow Your Business with WBDC: An Intro to Services
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door
Grow Your Business with WBDC: An Intro to Services WBDC, 8 South Michigan, Chicago, IL 60603 This interactive, networking session is for both prospective and established business owners.Whether you’re thinking about starting your own business or growing the business you already have, this session will help you clarify your needs and learn more about WBDC resources.   If you’re looking for assistance in pursuing government or corporate contracts, need financing to g...
Nov5 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Title: Improve Your Search for Contracts: Use the Best NAICS Codes and Keywords
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $15.00
Improve Your Search for Contracts: Use the Best NAICS Codes and Keywords WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 Pursuing government contracts can be a great move for your business, but where are the opportunities? Finding relevant contract opportunities early in the solicitation process is imperative when doing business with local and Federal governments, but you also want to get noticed.Choosing NAICS codes and keywords that accurately define the products or services your ...
Nov5 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Title: Business Plan Critique Clinic
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Business Plan Critique Clinic WBDC. 8 South Michigan, Chicago, IL 60603 The WBDC Business Plan Critique Clinic provides feedback on the draft of your business plan. When you build your strategic plan in a supportive community of business owners, everyone prsesent chips in and provides value.You must bring a written draft of your business plan to participate in this session. WBDC Director of Entrepreneurial Services, Meg Herman, will facilitate each session and lend her expertise o...
Nov5 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Title: Connection Points: WBE B2B Speed Networking
Location: 3033 Campus Drive, Ste. N160, Plymouth, MN 55441, , , (map)
Cost: $20.00
Structured in a speed networking format (modeled after speed dating), WBE B2B Speed Networking is a great way to get to know other WBEs and learn about their businesses to explore potential business opportunities. Learn best practices, share ideas, exchange cards, and do business. Please scroll down to the end of the announcement to read testimonials from our previous gatherings. Feel free to bring brochures or product samples from your company. As part of the event, there will also be a bri...
Nov5 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Small Business Risk Education (SBRE)
Location: Matteson Community Center, 20642 Matteson Ave., Matteson, IL 60443 (map)
Cost: FREE
Small Business Risk Education (SBRE) Matteson Community Center, 20642 Matteson Ave., Matteson, IL 60443 Risk management is critical to your business, financial health and growth. If you don’t have a plan in place, your business could be at risk.Any number of events can cause injuries, disruption or potential damage to your business and business operations.Understand how you can protect your business in the event of an accident, severe weather event, or unexpected disruption.
Nov5 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Alternative Sources of Financing
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Alternative Sources of Financing WBDC, 8 South Michigan Ave. 4th floor, Chicago, IL 60603 Consider which financial partnership works best with your business venture.Meet a banker, micro-lender, a factoring professional and a kick start equity specialist.We will discuss our programs and services and the best solutions for your businesses’ growth.
Nov6 Category: Partner Event Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Top 10 Questions to Consider Before Starting Your Business
Location: Online
Top 10 Questions to Consider Before Starting Your Business Online Do you dream of starting your own small business? Now is a great time to flex your entrepreneurial muscle— Walden is here to help with this one hour free webinar. Whether you’re selling a product or a service, being a small-business owner can bring tremendous reward and fulfillment—not to mention added financial security for the future. To register, click here.
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Nov6 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: The Credit Issue
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
The Credit Issue WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603 Personal Credit is impacted by each financial decision you make.What is your credit score?Are you in the financial position you need to be in to start a business?You are in business but how does personal credit score issues impact your business’s ability to grow to the next level?Come learn from a former banker who is now a certified financial literacy educator with the University of Illinois.
Nov11 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Title: How to Enhance Business Valuation, Drive Growth & Plan for a Successful Exit/Transition
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $49.00 for 3 (please bring 2 of your key people)
How to Enhance Business Valuation, Drive Growth & Plan for a Successful Exit/Transition WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603 We would like you to be our special VIP guest for this 2 hour special event and we promise this will be time well spent.Please RSVP today as seating is strictly limited to the first 20 WBE’s.    You will discover hands-on: •  How to implement the 6 key drivers that enhance business valuation •  ...
Nov12 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Title: Keeping Cyber Security Simple
Location: Blue Cross Blue Shield, 300 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago, (map)
Cost: FREE
Keeping Cyber Security Simple Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois, 300 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601 There are more than one millions victims of cyber-crime and it is estimated that cyber-crime has an annual cost of $445 billion. Who should attend: Small business owners, certified W/MBEs and technology professionals What you will learn: Development and stewardship of a dynamic healthcare information protection service that matches the challenges of business risk, governmental compl...
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Nov12 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: How to Leverage Your WBENC Certification
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
How to Leverage Your WBENC Certification Online If you are a Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certified women business enterprise (WBE) looking to escalate the growth of your business this webinar is definitely for you! What you will learn: The facilitator, Cynthia Johnson, WBDC Director of Established Business Services and a former WBE will provide you with valuable information about leveraging your certification to gain access to opportunities with major corporations.S...
Nov12 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Taking Your Business to the Next Level
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Taking Your Business to the Next Level TBD Have you been a home based business and it’s time to move out and expand? Has the nuances of your business or your industry changed and you have to catch up to remain competitive? Evaluate where you are and determine where you want to go!
Nov13 Category: Partner Event Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Title: 2014 Veteran's Entrepreneurial Boot Camp
Location: Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL 60484 (map)
2014 Veteran's Entrepreneurial Boot Camp Governors State University, Center for Performing Arts, 1 W University Pkwy, University Park, IL 60484 Whether you are a veteran business owner looking for tools to help you grow or are just starting out, this boot camp will provide the resources you need.All business and community members are welcome to attend. Veterans registration fee is waived and non-veteran attendees are just $40 for the entire day. Early Bird Registration $10 discount! Re...
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Nov13 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Title: Joint WBDC-MN & NCMSDC Procurement Meeting, Hosted by Xcel Energy
Location: Xcel Energy General Office 414, Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (map)
Cost: FREE
Joint WBDC-MN & NCMSDC Procurement Meeting, Hosted by Xcel Energy Xcel Energy General Office 414 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401 The Women’s Business Development Center - Minnesota (WBDC-MN) and North Central Minority Supplier Development Council (NCMSDC) are pleased to announce the JOINT WBDC-MN/NCMSDC Procurement Meeting hosted by Xcel Energy. These sessions provide you with an opportunity to meet and interact with your local women’s and minority business community a...
Nov13 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Title: Starting a Business in Illinois
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door
Starting a Business in Illinois WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603 Are you considering starting a business in Illinois? Put yourself ahead of the curve and gain the knowledge you need to assist with a successful launch. This workshop will address if business ownership is right for you, the transition from being an employee, volunteer, homemaker and/or independent contractor to business owner and more.
Nov14 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Women Vetrepreneurship Program: Back 2 Basics Reloaded
Location: SCORE Chicago/SBA Office, 500 W. Madison Street Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60661 (map)
Cost: FREE
Women Vetrepreneurship Program: Back 2 Basics Reloaded 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1150. Chicago, IL 60661 This three part, modulated program is tailored to veterans interested in starting or growing their businesses.  The following dates are for Module 1: November 14, 2014: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. November 21, 2014: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. December 5, 2014: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. December 12, 2014: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Each session focuses on a critical aspect of busin...
Nov17 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: Connecting to Cash: A Candid Conversation about Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs
Location: Blue Buddha Boutique, 1127 W. Granville Ave., Chicago, IL 60659 (map)
Cost: FREE
Connecting to Cash: A Candid Conversation about Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs Edgewater, Blue Buddha Boutique, 1127 W Granville Ave, Chicago, IL 60659 Are you interested in finding out what it really takes to access funding to fuel your business growth? Hear from entrepreneurs that have successfully secured loans through the City of Chicago’s Microlending Institute, as well as other sources.This panel discussion will include successful business owners and a small business fi...
Nov18 Category: Partner Event Time: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Title: The Chicago United Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner
Location: Chicago Hilton & Towers, 720 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 (map)
The Chicago United Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner Chicago Hilton and Towers, 720 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL The Chicago United Leadership Conference, Linking Business Strategy, Culture, Inclusion, and Diversity provides a platform for business leaders to share strategies and leading practices that increase inclusion of multiracial leaders in corporate governance, executive management, and business partnerships. Established in 2004, it remains the premiere forum for bu...
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Nov18 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Title: Is Certification Right for You?
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Is Certification Right for You? WBDC, 8 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603 Have you been asked, “Are you certified as a minority or woman-owned business?” by corporations and government agencies? If so, and you don’t know where to start, this workshop is for you. Presented by the Certification Program Manager, you will learn: The differences and benefits of Minority (MBE)and Women (WBE) owned business certifications on Federal, State, Local and Private levels Benefit...
Nov19 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Evaluating Your Business IQ
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Evaluating Your Business IQ WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, 4th floor, Chicago, IL 60603 The fact is starting a business is not meant for everyone. You have to ask yourself: are you financially ready to start your own business? In this interactive workshop you will: learn about capital resources for start-ups; find out what you should be doing with your finances when you launch your business; and learn how your legal entity can impact your finances. Get ready to review your personal si...
Nov20 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Business Plan Critique Clinic
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Business Plan Critique Clinic WBDC. 8 South Michigan, Chicago, IL 60603 The WBDC Business Plan Critique Clinic provides feedback on the draft of your business plan. When you build your strategic plan in a supportive community of business owners, everyone prsesent chips in and provides value.You must bring a written draft of your business plan to participate in this session. WBDC Director of Entrepreneurial Services, Meg Herman, will facilitate each session and lend her expertise o...
Nov22 Category: Partner Event Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Title: The DIY Trunk Show 2014
Location: Broadway Armory Park, 5917 North Broadway Street, Chicago, IL 60660 (map)
The DIY Trunk Show 2014 Broadway Armory Park5917 North Broadway Street Chicago, IL 60660 The DIY Trunk Show is a diverse gathering of creative talent to showcase, sell and promote handmade arts, crafts, goods, and endeavors of all kinds in Chicago. "The DIY Trunk Show fosters a community environment where Chicago’s creative and hidden talent can showcase, sell and promote handmade arts, crafts and goods of all sorts while giving shoppers an easy way to buy local," said Rebeca Moji...
Nov29 Category: Partner Event Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Title: Small Business Saturday
Location: Online
In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need — getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. This year, the big day is Nov 29. For more information and to register, click here.
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Dec2 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Business Plan Critique Clinic
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Business Plan Critique Clinic WBDC. 8 South Michigan, Chicago, IL 60603 The WBDC Business Plan Critique Clinic provides feedback on the draft of your business plan. When you build your strategic plan in a supportive community of business owners, everyone prsesent chips in and provides value.You must bring a written draft of your business plan to participate in this session. WBDC Director of Entrepreneurial Services, Meg Herman, will facilitate each session and lend her expertise o...
Dec3 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Title: Writing Winning Proposals
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $15.00
Writing Winning Proposals WBDC. 8 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603 This workshop is for business owners and managers who want to learn how to differentiate themselves from the competition when responding to a government or corporate Request for Proposal (RFP).We will discuss the top dos and don’ts in responding to RFPs and tips to help you develop dynamic proposals.   What we will cover in this workshop:  •  Determining if an RFP is right for you &...
Dec3 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Grow Your Business with WBDC: An Intro to Services
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door
Grow Your Business with WBDC: An Intro to Services WBDC, 8 South Michigan, Chicago, IL 60603 This interactive, networking session is for both prospective and established business owners.Whether you’re thinking about starting your own business or growing the business you already have, this session will help you clarify your needs and learn more about WBDC resources.   If you’re looking for assistance in pursuing government or corporate contracts, need financing to g...
Dec4 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: Connecting to Cash: A Candid Conversation about Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs
Location: GoodCity Chicago, 5049 W. Harrison St., Chicago, Illinois 60644 (map)
Cost: FREE
Connecting to Cash: A Candid Conversation about Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs Austin, Goodcity, 5049 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60644  Are you interested in finding out what it really takes to access funding to fuel your business growth? Hear from entrepreneurs that have successfully secured loans through the City of Chicago’s Microlending Institute, as well as other sources.This panel discussion will include successful business owners and a small business finance expert. ...
Dec10 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: How to Leverage Your WBENC Certification
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
How to Leverage Your WBENC Certification Online If you are a Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certified women business enterprise (WBE) looking to escalate the growth of your business this webinar is definitely for you! What you will learn: The facilitator, Cynthia Johnson, WBDC Director of Established Business Services and a former WBE will provide you with valuable information about leveraging your certification to gain access to opportunities with major corporations...
Dec10 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Title: How to Enhance Business Valuation, Drive Growth & Plan for a Successful Exit/Transition
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $49.00 for 3 (please bring 2 of your key people)
How to Enhance Business Valuation, Drive Growth & Plan for a Successful Exit/Transition WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603 We would like you to be our special VIP guest for this 2 hour special event and we promise this will be time well spent.Please RSVP today as seating is strictly limited to the first 20 WBE’s.    You will discover hands-on: •  How to implement the 6 key drivers that enhance business valuation •  ...
Dec10 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Title: Starting a Business in Illinois
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door
Starting a Business in Illinois WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603 Are you considering starting a business in Illinois? Put yourself ahead of the curve and gain the knowledge you need to assist with a successful launch. This workshop will address if business ownership is right for you, the transition from being an employee, volunteer, homemaker and/or independent contractor to business owner and more.
Dec11 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: I’m Certified, Now What?
Location: Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP, 2501 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (map)
Cost: $45.00 ,includes continental breakfast
“I’m Certified, Now What?” is an educational , inspirational, and a must-attend session for newly certified WBEs and WBEs who need a refresher on utilizing their WBE Certification as a marketing tool. If you just got certified, this is a prerequisite to all other programs and services offered by WBDC-MN. This workshop will outline step-by-step what you need to know before you start utilizing your certification and...
Dec15 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Business Plan Critique Clinic
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Business Plan Critique Clinic WBDC. 8 South Michigan, Chicago, IL 60603 The WBDC Business Plan Critique Clinic provides feedback on the draft of your business plan. When you build your strategic plan in a supportive community of business owners, everyone prsesent chips in and provides value.You must bring a written draft of your business plan to participate in this session. WBDC Director of Entrepreneurial Services, Meg Herman, will facilitate each session and lend her expertise o...
Dec17 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: Connecting to Cash: A Candid Conversation about Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs
Location: Fleck's Coffee, 343 East 79th Street, Chicago, IL 60619 (map)
Cost: FREE
Connecting to Cash: A Candid Conversation about Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs Fleck's Coffee, 343 E. 79th Street, Chicago, IL 60619 Are you interested in finding out what it really takes to access funding to fuel your business growth? Hear from entrepreneurs that have successfully secured loans through the City of Chicago’s Microlending Institute, as well as other sources.This panel discussion will include successful business owners and a small business finance expert. Plus, ne...
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