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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 ...
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...
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: 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 (please bring 2 of your key people)
How to Turn Any Company into a Profitable High Growth Business WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603 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 will rol...
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: 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...
Dec17 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: What's Up With Mentoring?
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
Join the call to learn about WBDC's mentoring program: How do you enter and maintain a good mentoring relationship? How do you create a good mentoring request?
What are reasonable expectations of a mentor and a mentee for this kind of relationship? How do you manage expectations
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...
Jan6 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Grow Your Business with WBDC: An Intro to Services
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
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 grow y...
Jan6 Category: Webinar Time: 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Title: Finding Your Way When You Are Stuck: Working Your Way Through Growth Analysis Tools
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
Finding Your Way When You Are Stuck: Working Your Way Through Growth Analysis Tools Online All businesses, from pre-venture start-ups to established enterprises, must address four key challenges. They need an attractive business concept, lasting customer relations, profitable operations, and a strong organization. GrowthWheel® is a hands-on, owner driven, action-oriented way of analyzing these issues. The tools are designed to help entrepreneurs at all stages overcome their unique ba...
Jan7 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 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 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 n...
Jan14 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Title: Is Certification Right For You? Workshop (Lunch & Learn)
Location: Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP, 2501 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (map)
Cost: $20.00
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: Gain an understanding of whether or not your business could qualify for women business certifications. Learn the overall benefits of WBE certification and then be able to determine if certification will actually benefit your business. All of the local, state and federal government certifications available in Minnesota will be covered. WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Participants must be part of a business that at least 51% owned, actively managed and controlled by a woman or women. ...
Jan14 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.
Jan15 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 prac...
Contact: wbdc@wbdc.org
Jan20 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Title: Is Your Business Idea Clear?
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Is Your Business Idea Clear?  online While the objective of a business is to make money, its mission is very different from that. Is the mission of your business clear to you? To your customer? And it is one thing to have a good idea, but another to explain/communicate the idea to customers and others . Join this webinar to learn how to: Build a broad, clear mission statement that resonates with you and your customers and provides value Utilize a tool to help you formulate the...
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