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Apr24 Category: Partner Event Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Make a Connection: Connecting Communities to Illinois Business Opportunities
Location: Malcolm X College,, 1900 W. Van Buren Auditorium, Chicago, IL 60612 (map)
An educational workshop and networking opportunity, hosted by Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS), for business owners to connect with other professionals and gain access to State programs available to the business community. Learn about: Certifications Contracting Loans Prompt vendor payment Access to one-on-one guidance To register, click here.
Apr24 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Title: Making the Most of a Mentor/Protégé Relationship for Government Contractors
Location: McDonald Hopkins, LLC, 300 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60654 (map)
Cost: $15.00
Finding a business mentor can be an important part of your government contracting strategy.Learning first-hand from a more experienced business that has ‘been there and done that’ may help you to better understand industry trends, contracting best practices and what pitfalls to avoid. In this workshop we will cover: - Recommendations for finding a solid mentor - Tips in developing a strong mentor/protégé relationship - Laws and regulations for mentor/protég&ea...
Apr25 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: $50.00
“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 how to best and most effectively maximize your certification....
Apr29 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Title: How to Succeed in the New Federal Strategic Sourcing Environment
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $15.00
The federal government is changing how they buy – are you ready to compete? The federal government spends more than $500 billion annually to buy goods and services for the operation of the government and the military.However, because each agency manages their own budget, the government has wasted millions of dollars by not taking advantage of the quantity discounts that could be available if agencies combined orders.Consequently, in 2005, the federal government launched the Federal Stra...
Apr29 Category: Partner Event Time: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Title: What All Employers Need to Know in a Tough Economy
Location: The Law Project 100 N. LaSalle, Suite 600, , , (map)
Tough economic times force nonprofit and small business employers with already limited budgets to face even greater challenges, including maintaining productivity with limited staff. David Weinstein from Faegre Baker Daniels will discuss Illinois and federal laws governing employers’ obligations. This is information you need to know to survive and thrive in difficult economic times. Advanced registration is required: Click here to register
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Apr29 Category: Partner Event Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: Small Business Certifications: What It Means for Business Growth
Location: 960 E. 60th Street, Chicago,, , , (map)
Are you wondering what those small business certifications like MBE, WBE, 8a, DBE are all about? Do you know which one is best for your business? Expert panelists will demystify the certification process and share tips in determining which type of certification is best for your industry. You will also learn which certifications are accepted at corporations, government organizations and institutions of higher learning. Speakers: Freida Curry, Women's Business Development Center George Col...
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Apr30 Category: Partner Event Time: 5:30 PM - 8:45 PM Title: 12th Greater Chicago Networking Extravaganza - The Complete Networking Experience
Location: The Metropolitan Club, Chicago, Willis Tower, 67th Floor, 233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606 (map)
The 12th Greater Chicago Networking Extravaganza presents "The Complete Networking Experience" Start and end the evening with open networking. In between, you’ll enhance your networking knowledge as you hear from Lillian Bjorseth, co-host and nationally renowned face-to-face authority. You’ll want to take even more notes when you welcome a panel of online networking experts including Bethany Hartley, director of marketing for Chicago's Women's Business Development Center, which ha...
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Cost: FREE
The Minneapolis Public Schools is pleased to announce that it is hosting an event with the Women’s Business Development Center – Minnesota (WBDC-MN) to discuss how to do business with the Minneapolis Public Schools District. This session will give vendors an opportunity to meet key individuals within the District. In addition, it will allow vendors the opportunity to learn how to do business with Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). As part of this program, the District will highlight i...
May6 Category: Partner Event Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Title: Spring Diplomacy Luncheon
Location: University Club Cathedral Hall, 76 E. Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Featuring Keynote Speaker and 2014 Gold Medallion Citizen Diplomacy Award Recipient Ms. Hedy Ratner, she is founder and co-president emeritus of and currently consultant with the Women’s Business Development Center. An advocate and activist for women’s empowerment issues, civil and human rights and women’s business development for more than four decades, Hedy was appointed by President Clinton to the National Women’s Business Council; by Illinois Governor Quinn to the ...
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May6 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Wisdom, Wine and Cheese: Introduction to WBDC Services
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the ddor
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 need guidance to learn how to work ON your business, come join the WBDC circle of he...
May6 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: Financial Management Training Series
Location: TBD, , , (map)
Cost: FREE
This 4 week series is geared towards established child care providers. Providers will obtain information on sound recordkeeping, how to use Quickbooks for their business and other cash flow management tools.
May7 Category: Partner Event Time: - Title: Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium
Location: iWireless Center 1201 River Drive Moline, IL, , , (map)
Join us for the 7th Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium May 7-8, 2014. The symposium theme for 2014 is "Small Business - Big Success". The 7th Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium objective include:   Two-day interchange for senior government and industry leadership to better understand future Arsenal   Island business opportunities.   Military, DoD Civilian, and Industry Participation.   Networking Opp...
May7 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM Title: Effective Networking & Maximizing Supplier Diversity Tradeshows
Location: Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP, 2501 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (map)
Cost: $50.00
Taught by the industry leaders on the subject matter, this workshop is a great way to brush up on the art of selling and kick off the trade show season. In addition to learning how to effectively network, you will hear expert strategies from the most successful WBE and Corporate Partner panelists on what to do before, during, and after trade shows to maximize the return on investment.
May7 Category: Webinar Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Title: How to Leverage Your WBENC Certification
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
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.She will help you understand how to build relationshi...
May8 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 ddor
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.
May12 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
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 practical strategies in developing your business plan, so you can build your thoug...
May14 Category: Kansas Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Title: MCC/MPMSDC Minority and Women-Owned Business EXPO
Location: MCC-Business & Technology, 1775 Universal Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64120 (map)
Cost: FREE
Do you need help identifying minority and women-owned businesses to fulfill minority participation on projects? Would you like to expand your database of qualified minority and women- owned businesses that have capacity? Do you need to document your minority outreach? This Forum is for you! Meet minority and women-owned business owners with whom you can do business. There is no charge to attend the Expo and parking is free. The only requirement for admission is that you bring your busi...
May15 Category: Partner Event Time: - Title: Early Childhood National Leadership Conference: McCormick Center
Location: 601 North Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL 60090., , , (map)
Join us for our 14th year of Leadership Connections national conference to be held at the Wheeling Westin, just north of Chicago, IL from May 15 -17, 2014. We are proud to offer you an exceptional professional development experience where you can learn, network, and be pampered. Whatever your role—child care administrator, policymaker, resource and referral specialist, college instructor, family child care provider, or independent consultant—we have inspiring sessions planned with...
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May15 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Title: WBDC-MN and NCMSDC/MMSDC JOINT Procurement Meeting Hosted by Best Buy
Location: Best Buy Corporate Campus, 7601 Penn Avenue South, Richfield, MN 55423 (map)
Cost: FREE
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 corporations, as well as government and not-for-profit institutions and agencies that support supplier diversity. Bring your business cards an...
May16 Category: Partner Event Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Empowering Emerging Entrepreneurs: New Business Boot Camp
Location: Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), 820 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 (map)
Cost: $25.00 by May 1st, $35 after May 1st
Join us for this morning workshop tailored to entrepreneurs and new business owners who want to learn how to successfully launch and grow a new business venture. Industry leaders in the areas of legal, insurance, finance, taxes, and marketing will provide you with valuable insights to help you avoid many common mistakes that a new business owner makes.  The workshop will be held at the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), a beautiful event space ...
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May16 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Title: Grow Your Business with Allstate Supplier Diversity Opportunities
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Join the Women’s Business Development Center and WBDC Corporate Partner Allstate to take a closer look at the Allstate Supplier Diversity process.If you’re interested in working with Allstate or wanting to gain an inside look at how corporations approach supplier diversity, this is a can’t miss free event! This seminar will answer the following questions: What is the Allstate Supplier Diversity commitment? What is the process when a commodity or service comes up for bid? ...
May20 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Expecting the Unexpected: Why is Small Business Risk Education Important for You?
Location: East Bank Club,, 500 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago, IL (map)
Cost: $25.00
Risk management is critical to your business financial health and growth. Ask yourself: 1.  Has your business ever been burglarized? 2.  What would you do if your business location was flooded? 3.  How secure is your customer database? 4.  What would you do if one of your employees or customers slips and falls in your office? If you don’t have a plan in place, your business could be atrisk.Any number of events can cause injuries, disruption o...
May21 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
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.
May28 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Wisdom, Wine and Cheese: Introduction to WBDC Services
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the ddor
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 need guidance to learn how to work ON your business, come join the WBDC circle of he...
Jun2 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Title: Plan For Profit (7 week Series of 14 Sessions)
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $200.00 for 14 sessions
Plan for Profit is WBDC's newest and most comprehensive training program for people learning to work on their business whether they are start up or emerging businesses. Comprised of 3 modules of 4 sessions, 3 hours each, the program takes you through a hands-on approach to drafting your business plan.   Each session focuses on a critical aspect of business development, shows you the ropes and then allows time for you to draft that part.  To strengthen your skills, you get feedbac...
Jun3 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
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 practical strategies in developing your business plan, so you can build your thoug...
Jun4 Category: Webinar Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Title: How to Leverage Your WBENC Certification
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
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.She will help you understand how to build relationshi...
Jun11 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 ddor
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.
Jun14 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Title: 16th Annual Early Childhood Education Entrepreneurship Expo
Location: UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608 (map)
Cost: $40.00 before May 1st, $55 thereafter
Whether you’re a start-up or established child care business owner, you’ll gain a new foothold on business growth by attending the 16th Annual Early Childhood Education Entrepreneurship Expo. Join hundreds of child care entrepreneurs and business resource professionals for a full day of real life solutions to current business challenges. This Year Expo Will: •  Connect you with other child care providers and experts •  Empower you with money an...
Jun17 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
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 practical strategies in developing your business plan, so you can build your thoug...
Jun18 Category: Webinar Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Title: Mentoring: Clarifying Expectations
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
Are you a successful entrepreneur who wants to give back to emerging businesses?Or, are you seeking a business mentor to ramp up your business learning curve?Multiple studies show that entrepreneurs speed up their growth when they effectively work with a mentor—AND, their businesses create stronger economic impact! The WBDC can help prepare you to maximize a mentoring relationship and take advantage of the proliferation of opportunities to create mentoring relationships. In this webin...
Jun23 Category: Partner Event Time: - Title: Techweek Chicago 2014 - Save the Date
Location: 222 West Merchandize Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654, , , (map)
Techweek is where entrepreneurs and tech tycoons alike meet for a week long celebration of all things tech. Our approach is to bring together an entire tech community under a BIG TENT and then shine a global SPOTLIGHT on the ecosystem. Techweek will be even bigger & better in 2014! June 23 - 29, 2014.

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