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Apr28 Category: Partner Event Time: 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM Title: Understanding Military Sexual Trauma
Location: Edward Hines Jr. VA, 5000 S. 5th Ave.,Medical Media Room, Hines, IL 60141 (map)
Thousands of Veterans and their families seek care at civilian hospitals every day. Do you know how to recognize and care for current and former Service Members who have been affected by Military Sexual Trauma (MST)? This training is a perfect introduction or refresher to enable any medical staff in any setting to understand the unique situation of MST. Includes lunch and 4 CEU’s/ Contact Hours for IL Licensed Clinicians, LSW, LCSW & CRC & RNs No previous experience or pre...
Apr28 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Title: Is Certification Right For You?
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
Is Certification Right for You? Online 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 webinar is for you. You will learn: The differences and benefits of Minority (MBE)and Women (WBE) owned business certifications on Federal, State, Local and Private levels Benefits and process of WBE certification offered by the Women’s Business Development ...
Apr28 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 on...
Apr28 Category: Partner Event Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Title: How To Tell Your Company's Story
Location: 222 West Merchandize Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654, , , (map)
Define and share your company story like never before. Brian Burkhart, CEO and founder of Chicago-based communication strategy firm SquarePlanet, brings his signature motivating exercises and concepts – not to mention infectious enthusiasm – to help you understand, celebrate and articulate the heart of your company’s mission and products. Burkhart will facilitate group and individual storytelling exercises and lead a collaborative dialogue about company storytelling principles....
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Apr29 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Title: Raising Prices via Raising Value
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Raising Prices via Raising Value Online Prerequisite: Live Orientation Webinar entitled “Finding your way when you are stuck” The benefits you provide, or the value you create, for your customers will determine what prices you are able to set for your products or services. Join this webinar to learn: 1.  Basic types of benefits and value that your client can get from your product/service 2.  How to evaluate the importance this value is to your custom...
Apr30 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Title: DBE Final Rule Updates
Location: McDonald Hopkins, LLC, 300 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60654 (map)
Cost: FREE
DBE Final Rule Updates McDonald Hopkins LLC, 300 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60654 The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certification is designed to provide contracting opportunities on Federally-funded highway, transit, and airport projects for small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.In the fall of 2014, the DBE certification program has undergone some major changes that can affect businesses.These include changes i...
May4 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Stimulating Your Business’ Growth With Government Small Business Programs
Location: Kindig Performing Arts Center, South Suburban College, 15880 State Street, South Holland, IL 60473 (map)
Cost: FREE
Stimulating Your Business’ Growth With Government Small Business Programs Kindig Performing Arts Center, | South Suburban College 15880 State Street, South Holland, IL 60473 Start Small Business Week off right! The WBDC, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Construction Business Development Center (CDBC) and the South Holland Business Association are teaming up to bring business owners valuable information on how to grow their busines...
May5 Category: Partner Event Time: 7:15 AM - 9:15 AM Title: Women’s Leadership Breakfast: “Courage: The Main Ingredient of Change”
Location: Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Women’s Leadership Breakfast: “Courage: The Main Ingredient of Change” Hear from Campbell Soup Company’s first female CEO, one of just 23 female CEOs to lead a Fortune 500, and the company’s “change agent-in-chief,” on the steps business leaders can take toward courageous leadership and effective risk-taking, steps that can breathe new opportunities into the most well-rooted of establishments. Morrison will also share insights into her business DN...
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May6 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Title: Using Technology to Organize Supplier Diversity Registration Data
Location: Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP, 2501 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (map)
Cost: $20.00
Using Technology to OrganizeSupplier Diversity Registration Data Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP, 2501 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55405 This new workshop has been developed by our own MN WBE, who went through the experience of registering in multiple corporate supplier diversity portals after getting certified. The session is most applicable to newly certified WBE companies who haven’t done any corporate registrations yet, but have attended the WBDC-MN’s “I&rs...
May6 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 Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603 Consider which of the following financial partnerships work best for you and your business venture. Learn more about Crowd Funding, Micro-Lending, Alternative Lending, Factoring and Traditional Lending. We will discuss our programs and services and which works best for your businesses' growth.
May8 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Title: Are your Financial in Order and Ready for Business
Location: Greater Englewood CDC, 815 63rd St. 4th Floor, Chicago, IL (map)
Cost: FREE
Are your Financial in Order and Ready for Business Greater Englewood CDC, 815 63rd St. 4th Floor, Chicago, IL Are you financially prepared to start your own business?Is your personal credit background clean?Do you have equity to contribute?Do you have the proper collateral to offer to secure your loan?Will you need a co-borrower or co-signor?Take your own personal inventory of what you possess that demonstrates you are ready for business!
May8 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Title: Take Your Business to the Next Level
Location: Greater Englewood CDC, 815 63rd St. 4th Floor, Chicago, IL (map)
Cost: FREE
Take Your Business to the Next Level Greater Englewood CDC, 815 63rd St. 4th Floor, Chicago, IL Are you a home based business and it’s time to move out and expand?Is your business’s technology sufficient for your business growth?Do you have a social media presence? Evaluate where you are and determine where you want to go and how do you plan to get there?Our financial advisor and banker for more than 30 years will enlighten you so you can figure out what you need to do.
May11 Category: Partner Event Time: 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM Title: 6 Steps to Building Your Business Empire: From Start Up to Growth Expansion
Location: BMO Harris Bank, Auditorium, 8th floor, 115 South LaSalle, Chicago, IL (map)
6 Steps to Building Your Business Empire: From Start Up to Growth Expansion BMO Harris Bank, Auditorium -8th floor, 115 South LaSalle, Chicago Please Join us for Allison Maslan's "6 Steps to Building your Business Empire: From Start Up to Growth Expansion." Are you ready to lead a business empire? In this powerful and inspiring presentation, CEO Mentor Allison Maslan will share the proven roadmap, steps and strategies necessary to shift from growing your company to creating your busi...
May12 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Strategies and Tactics for Doing Business with Government Agencies
Location: Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E. 53rd Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago, Chicago, IL (map)
Cost: FREE
Strategies and Tactics for Doing Business with Government Agencies Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E. 53rd Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago The federal government spends over $500 billion on goods & services every year. If selling your products or service to the government is part of your growth strategy, you don’t want to miss this event! Representatives from local and federal agencies will address your questions, such as: How do I find government contract opportunities? How d...
May12 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM 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, 4th Floor, 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 P...
May12 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Small Business Risk Education (SBRE)
Location: East Bank Club,, 500 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago, IL (map)
Cost: FREE
Small Business Risk Education (SBRE) East Bank Club,, 500 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago, IL 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.
May13 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Title: Is Certification Right For You? (Lunch & Learn)
Location: Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP, 2501 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (map)
Cost: $20.00
Is Certification Right For You?(Lunch & Learn) Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP, 2501 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55405 Have you been looking for that special something to help you “get in the door” of large corporations? If you are a woman-owned and operated business, that something could be the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification. Although not a guarantee of business, the WBE Certification has been proven to provide a competitive edge in obtain...
May13 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Growth wheel tool: choosing your Marketing Mix
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Growth wheel tool:choosing your Marketing Mix Online Do you know how to choose media and message for separate customer segments?By evaluating existing marketing mediawith this Growth Wheel information and tool, you can choose the right marketing mix and describe which media types to use for your various customer groups. You will learn how to 1. assess and prioritize marketing vehicles 2. note which customer groups the media should target. 3.determine how each media should be used...
May13 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...
May13 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, 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 grow your business, or just nee...
May14 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Title: Access to Capital
Location: Radisson Blu, Mall of America Level 2, Minnetonka Ballroom 2100 Killebrew Dr., Bloomington, MN 55425 (map)
Cost: FREE
Access to Capital Radisson Blu Mall of America. Level 2, Minnetonka Ballroom, 2100 Killebrew Dr, Bloomington, MN55425 Unlock the mysteries of accessing capital. Attendees will learn when it’s best to approach investors and banks, and how to leverage strategic partnerships and receivables. A local entrepreneur will also share how access to capital helped take her business to the next level. Panelists Cathy Connett – CEO and Managing Partner, Sofia Fund Nancy Libersky &nd...
May15 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Title: Get Your Business Ready for a Bank Loan
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Get Your Business Ready for a Bank Loan WBDC, 8 South Michigan Ave., Chciago, IL 60603 It’s always best to put your best foot forward.Come and learn how to position yourself and your business for a bank’s consideration from a senior level banker with more than 20 years of lending with several major Chicago banks.Our experienced banker will share with you what you need to do to hear “Yes” from a bank.
May20 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Growth Wheel Tool: Prepare to Get What You Want from Banks
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Growth Wheel Tool: Prepare to GetWhat You Want from Banks Online Sometimes as a business owner you may feel you need to get down and beg when you need to work with a bank. How an we prepare ourselves to work well with the bank and get best terms? In this workshop you will explore: 1. what the banker may be considering when preparing to negotiate with you 2. what information a bank is looking for to do business with you, whether it is establishing overdraft services,a line of credit, ...
May28 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 on pr...
May28 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: The Credit Issue
Location: Chicago State University, 9501 S King Dr, Chicago, IL (map)
Cost: FREE
The Credit Issue Chicago State University, 9501 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL 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 and issues impact your businesses ability to grow to the next level?Come learn about it from a financial literacy educator.
May29 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Title: How to Turn Any Company into a Profitable High Growth Business
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $49.00 for 3 tickets
How to Turn Any Company into a Profitable High Growth Business WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, 4th floor, Chicago, IL If you want to grow your business much faster, drive performance and profitability, be our special VIP guest for this 2 hour special event. We promise this will be time well spent.   Please RSVP today as seating is strictly limited and will sell out fast.    Join a select group of Presidents to discover 4 steps to driving profitable growth. You wi...
Jun2 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Title: WBDC-MN and NCMSDC JOINT Procurement Meeting Hosted by Best Buy
Location: Best Buy Corporate Campus, 7601 Penn Avenue South, Richfield, MN 55423 (map)
Cost: FREE
WBDC-MN and NCMSDC JOINT Procurement Meeting Hosted by Best Buy Best Buy Corporate Campus, 7601 Penn Avenue South Richfield, MN, 55423 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 Best Buy. These sessions provide you with an opportunity to meet and interact with your local women’s and minority business community and large c...
Jun4 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, 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 grow your business, or just nee...
Jun9 Category: Partner Event Time: - Title: National Center for VIP at the Bolger Center
Location: The Bolger Center Hotel and Conference Center, 9600 Newbridge Drive, Potomac, MD 20854 (map)
National Center for VIP at the Bolger Center The Bolger Center Hotel and Conference Center, 9600 Newbridge Drive,Potomac, MD 20854 The Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) is an educational training program for owners, principals and C-level executives of veteran-owned businesses. The VIP is a 27-hour, 3-day comprehensive certification program instructed by professional service experts, government officials, and agency representatives. It is designed for veteran businesses to incre...
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Jun10 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 ...
Jun23 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 ...
Jun24 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Title: Is Certification Right for You?
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
Is Certification Right for You? Online 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 Benefits and process of WBE certifi...
Jun25 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: Alternative Sources of Financing
Location: Chicago State University, 9501 S King Dr, Chicago, IL (map)
Cost: FREE
Alternative Sources of Financing WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603 Consider which of the following financial partnerships work best for you and your business venture. Learn more about Crowd Funding, Micro-Lending, Alternative Lending, Factoring and Traditional Lending. We will discuss our programs and services and which works best for your businesses' growth
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