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7/30/2015 - 9/29/2015

Jul16 Category: Partner Event Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Title: Plan for Profit – Business series
Location: YWCA Lake County, 1425 Tri-State Parkway, Suite 180, Gurnee, IL 60031 (map)
Workshops on Thursdays offering skills and techniques essential for a successful business. 11 sessions every Thursday. Jumpstart Your Business offers practical information on starting and growing a business, including the nuts and bolts of developing a business idea, guidance for creating a business plan, group interaction and networking. Information You Will Learn Whether business ownership is right for you The transition of moving from employee, volunteer, homemaker and/or indepen...
Jul30 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Doing Business with the State of Illinois
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Expand on Business Opportunities . . . Learn the certification and contracting process to do business with the State Presentations will include: Business Enterprise Program (BEP) The State’s certification process for minorities, women, persons with disabilities and Veteran business owners The State’s recognition certification affidavit program for businesses certified with other entities Bureau of Strategic Sourcing (BOSS) Locate procurement opportunities Procurement r...
Jul30 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Bureau of Strategic Sourcing (BOSS) Process Procurement Workshop
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Bureau of Strategic Sourcing (BOSS) Process Procurement Workshop WBDC, 8 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603 Evonne Velasquez would like to do a BEP/BOSS workshop. This will be unique to us and our clients because the topics for that day will not only include certification but also how Bureau of Strategic Sourcing (BOSS) processes procurements – IFPs, RFPs and RFQs. This will give great insight on how contracts are evaluated and what required to process them.
Jul30 Category: Webinar Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Title: Save Money and Energy with ComEd Smart Ideas® Energy Efficiency Program
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
Save Money and Energy with ComEd Smart Ideas® Energy Efficiency Program. WBDC invites you to register for awebinar from our corporate partner, ComEd specifically designed for WBDC clients. This webinar will add value and help you manage your business more efficiently! Don't miss this opportunity to learn valuable tips, tools and rebates to save money and energy at your place of business   Below is the information on how to join the webinar: Click on Join WebEx meeting link ...
Aug4 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Title: Are You Ready for a Government Contract?
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL, , , (map)
Cost: FREE
Billions of Federal and local dollars are spent each year in purchasing nearly every product and service you could think of. Learning how to market your business as a viable option to meet the needs of government agencies could prove to be a lucrative business move.  If you are an established business exploring doing business with the government – whether it is on the city, municipal, state or federal level, join the PTAC at the WBDC in an in-depth session about government contracting...
Contact: wbdc@wbdc.org
Aug5 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Boosting Your Bottom Line Workshop Series: Are Your Financials in Order and Ready for Business?
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE

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!
Aug10 Category: Milwaukee Workshop Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Delivering Excellence, Expanding Opportunities and Building Capacity to Grow Your Business
Location: Manpower, 100 Manpower Place, Milwaukee, WI 53212 (map)
Cost: FREE
Ruby McCleary, Director of Supplier Diversity with United Airlines will present her unique insights to diverse business owners about how to implement “Best Practices” strategies to successfully meet corporate client supplier diversity objectives. Ruby is responsible for developing United’s Corporate Supplier Diversity/Supply Chain strategy across multiple product lines and services. Under her leadership United’s supplier diversity spend has grown to over $1B annually i...
Aug10 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 session is for both prospective and established business owners to provide an orientation of what the WBDC has to offer.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 c...
Aug11 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Delivering Excellence, Expanding Opportunities and Building Capacity to Grow Your Business
Location: CNA Insurance Companies, 333 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604 (map)
Cost: FREE
Ruby McCleary, Director of Supplier Diversity with United Airlines will present her unique insights to diverse business owners about how to implement “Best Practices” strategies to successfully meet corporate client supplier diversity objectives. Ruby is responsible for developing United’s Corporate Supplier Diversity/Supply Chain strategy across multiple product lines and services. Under her leadership United’s supplier diversity spend has grown to over $1B annually i...
Aug11 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Title: Federal Database Series – Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL, , , (map)
Cost: FREE
Your Data Universal Numbering System Number or DUNS Number is free for government contractors and it will allow you to register in System for Award Management, (SAM) a required federal government database as well as other federal databases that can help your business gain visibility as a small, veteran owned, women-owned socially or economically disadvantaged business. Your DUNS Number is used by federal agencies as an identifier of important information such as: physical location, mailing addre...
Contact: wbdc@wbdc.org
Aug11 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Title: WBDC-MN and NCMSDC JOINT Procurement Meeting Hosted by Medtronic
Location: Medtronic – Mounds View Campus, 8200 Coral Sea Street NE, Mounds View, MN 55112 (map)
Cost: FREE
Women’s Business Development Center - Minnesota (WBDC-MN) is pleased to announce the JOINT WBDC-MN/NCMSDC Procurement Meeting hosted by Medtronic. 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 lots of business cards and your best five-second elevator pitch! As part of the event, ...
Aug12 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Assess Your Business – Introduction to Growth Wheel Tools.
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
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 barriers to growth. This webinar series introduces business owners to the GrowthWheel® toolk...
Aug12 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Boosting Your Bottom Line: The Credit Issue
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE

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 certified financial literacy educator.
Aug13 Category: Kansas Workshop Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Delivering Excellence, Expanding Opportunities and Building Capacity to Grow Your Business
Location: Deluxe Corporation ., 16505 W. 113th St, Lenexa, KS 66219 (map)
Cost: FREE
Ruby McCleary, Director of Supplier Diversity with United Airlines will present her unique insights to diverse business owners about how to implement “Best Practices” strategies to successfully meet corporate client supplier diversity objectives. Ruby is responsible for developing United’s Corporate Supplier Diversity/Supply Chain strategy across multiple product lines and services. Under her leadership United’s supplier diversity spend has grown to over $1B annually i...
Aug13 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Title: Lean planning for Startups : Starting a Business in Illinois
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door
Lean planning for Startups WBDC, 8 South Michigan Ave. 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.We’ll •  use a businessplanning model that starts with the di...
Aug14 Category: St. Louis Workshop Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Delivering Excellence, Expanding Opportunities and Building Capacity to Grow Your Business
Location: Express Scripts One Express Way St. Louis, MO, , , (map)
Cost: FREE
Ruby McCleary, Director of Supplier Diversity with United Airlines will present her unique insights to diverse business owners about how to implement “Best Practices” strategies to successfully meet corporate client supplier diversity objectives. Ruby is responsible for developing United’s Corporate Supplier Diversity/Supply Chain strategy across multiple product lines and services. Under her leadership United’s supplier diversity spend has grown to over $1B annually i...
Aug18 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Title: Federal Database Series – System for Award Management (SAM)
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL, , , (map)
Cost: FREE
System for Award Management (SAM) is a required database for all businesses large or small who desire to do business with federal government agencies.  SAM essentially is the gateway for all things federal government.  Registering in SAM helps the federal government identify what products or services your business sells; it is also the mechanism that allows you to get paid for work performed on your federal contracts; it is also a requirement if you choose to pursue federal government ...
Contact: wbdc@wbdc.org
Aug18 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...
Aug20 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: What Legal Documents Should be in Place for my Business?
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Prerequisite: Live Introductory Webinar entitled “Assess Your Business with Growth Wheel Tools” Creating a strong foundation for your business includes setting up legal documents for the various relationships you have with internal and external collaborators. By evaluating your existing legal documents periodically, you continue to effectively mitigate legal risks for your business. Join this webinar to learn how to: Determine the categories of andtypes of documents you need t...
Aug20 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: Boosting Your Bottom Line: Are your financials in order and ready for business?
Location: Chicago State University, 9501 S King Dr, Chicago, IL (map)
Cost: FREE
  Boosting Your Bottom Line:Are your financials in order and ready for business? Chicago State University, 9501 S. King Dr. 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!
Aug25 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Finding the Right Price
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Prerequisite: Live Introductory Webinar entitled “Assess Your Business with Growth Wheel Tools” Entrepreneurs often set their prices too low, and it can take years to get to the right level. So how do we set appropriate prices, and when necessary, raise our prices without losing customers? Join this webinar to learn how to Use a process to analyze how to construct alternative price points and find the price that gives you the highest sales turnover Explore ways to create valu...
Aug26 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...
Aug26 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Boosting Your Bottom Line Workshop Series: Evaluating Your Business IQ
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE

Dive deep into the real numbers of starting your business as we look at the costs you may not know to consider.  One of the obstacles entrepreneurs face is figuring out how much money they need to start and run their business.  This workshop will help you work through the process to evaluate all necessary components, as a result, you will be ready to open your business successfully
Sep16 Category: Partner Event Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Title: University of Chicago's Business to Business Entrepreneurial Speakers Series
Location: 915 E 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637, , , (map)
Tap Into Your Juice To register: http://b2bseries2.eventbrite.com Speaker: Amy Hilliard, President, Fashion Fair Cosmetics Amy Hilliard, a native Detroiter and honors graduate of both Howard University and the Harvard Business School, joined Johnson Publishing Company as President of Fashion Fair Cosmetics in February, 2014. Fashion Fair is the largest Black-owned cosmetics company in the world. The company began in 1973 to address the lack of cosmetic products on the market for women of ...
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Sep18 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
“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....
Sep30 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
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 obtaining corporate contracts. National in scope and issued by a third-party agency Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), th...
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