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Jul15 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Title: Your Growth Strategy and Government Contracting
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Your Growth Strategy and Government Contracting WBDC, 8 South Michigan, Chicago, IL 60603 What are government contractors doing in terms of revenue growth? What are businesses doing to reshape their growth strategies? In order to grow, a company must devise careful, long-term strategies to navigate the market for securing contracts. This process includes thoughtful diversification and analysis of the businesses’ needs and changing priorities. Learn more on how to leverage solid grow...
Jul17 Category: Partner Event Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Title: DPS Financial Symposium
Location: UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608 (map)
DPS Financial Symposium UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608 The City of Chicago 2014 Financial Symposium is the first of its kind event featuring both financial and technical assistance organizations who will provide the vendor community with innovative financing options and business counseling. Come out and take advantage of on-site resources, one-on-one meetings, and informative workshops directly from agencies who are ready to assist you in growing your business. Cl...
Jul22 Category: Partner Event Time: - Title: WIPP Annual Leadership Meeting: Leadership, Power, and Advocacy
Location: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill,, 400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 (map)
WIPP Annual Leadership Meeting Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC An important part of WIPP’s Annual Leadership Meeting this year will be a special “Meet & Greet” with Senators followed by a hearing on Women’s Entrepreneurship, hosted by the Senate Committee on Small Business. Senate Meet & Greet (1:00pm – 2:00pm): Attendees have the opportunity to meet with Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, ...
Jul22 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: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door
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 Benef...
Jul24 Category: Partner Event Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Managing Operations: Time, People and Resources
Location: SCORE Chicago/SBA Office, 500 W. Madison Street Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60661 (map)
Managing Operations: Time, People and Resources SCORE Chicago/SBA Office 500 W. Madison Street Suite 1150 Chicago, IL 60661 For entrepreneurs, operations are often an unwritten set of processes and procedures.Understanding how the business can more efficiently produce its products and services is a critical component in creating or maintaining a profitable business enterprise.In the workshop, we will discuss organizing and standardizing operations to drive increased productivity, and how t...
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Jul28 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Title: Boosting Your Financial Bottom Line: Alternative Sources of Financing
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door
Boosting Your Financial Bottom Line: Alternative Sources of Financing WBDC, 8 South Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60603 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. The cost estimates are the foundation used for determining your price point, profitability, loans and investments and other finance-related tasks for st...
Jul29 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Boosting Your Financial Bottom Line: : Take Your Business to the Next Level
Location: U.S. Bank Pullman, 1000 East 111th St., Chicago, IL 60628 (map)
Cost: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door
Boosting Your Financial Bottom Line: : Take Your Business to the Next Level U.S. Bank Pullman, 1000 East 111th St., Chicago, IL 60628 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!
Jul29 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Title: Boosting Your Financial Bottom Line: : The Credit Issue
Location: U.S. Bank Pullman, 1000 East 111th St., Chicago, IL 60628 (map)
Cost: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door
Boosting Your Financial Bottom Line: : The Credit Issue U.S. Bank Pullman, 1000 East 111th St., Chicago IL 60628 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 ...
Jul30 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Title: WBDC-MN Procurement Meeting Hosted by 3M
Location: 3M Innovation Center, 2350 Minnehaha Ave, East Maplewood, MN 55119 (map)
Cost: FREE
Women’s Business Development Center - Minnesota (WBDC-MN) is pleased to announce its next WBDC-MN Procurement Meeting hosted by WBDC-MN Corporate Partner 3M. 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 and your best five-second company description! As part o...
Aug4 Category: Partner Event Time: - Title: Save the Date: Buisness Smart Week
Location: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60604 (map)
Save the Date: Business Smart Week Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60604 Business Smart Week will provide you with access, information and opportunities to help you build your business. Our procurement mission is Access, Opportunity and Engagement. Workshop Topics Include: I’m Certified, Now What? * How to Pitch Your Value Proposition * How to respond to an RFP/RFI * Small Businesses Electronic Payments Basics * Small Businesses Information Security...
Aug5 Category: Spanish Workshop Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: La Importancia de Su Crédito Personal Para Su Negocio
Location: National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608 (map)
Cost: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door
La Importancia de Su Crédito Personal Para Su Negocio National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608 Crédito personal es afectado por cada decisión financiera que realice. ¿Cuál es su puntuación de crédito? ¿Está en la situación financiera que necesita para iniciar o crecer su negocio? ¿Cómo influye la puntuación de crédito personal para crecer su negocio al siguiente n...
Aug5 Category: Spanish Workshop Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Title: Fuentes Alternativas de Financiamiento
Location: National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608 (map)
Cost: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door
Fuentes Alternativas de Financiamiento National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608 Considere cual asociación económica funciona mejor con su negocio. Conoce a un banquero, micro-prestamista y un Kick Start especialista. Presentaremos nuestros programas y servicios, y que funcionara mejor para el crecimiento de su negocio.
Aug6 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Connecting to Corporation Series
Location: Target West Campus Auditorium, 3701 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416 (map)
Cost: FREE
Connecting to Corporations: Developing the Value Proposition for Women-Owned Business Target West Campus Auditorium, 3701 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416 Developing the Value Proposition for Women-Owned Business Discover how to adjust your value proposition to maximize impact, effectiveness and grow your market share by identifying unique propositions that resonate with your customer. This specially tailored workshop is designed to connect your business with forward- thinking, l...
Aug7 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Connecting to Corporations Series
Location: Edelman, 200 E Randolph St Fl 63, Chicago, IL 60601 (map)
Cost: FREE
Connecting to Corporations: Developing the Value Proposition for Women-Owned Business John Edelman, 200 E Randolph St Fl 63, Chicago Developing the Value Proposition for Women-Owned Business Discover how to adjust your value proposition to maximize impact, effectiveness and grow your market share by identifying unique propositions that resonate with your customer. This specially tailored workshop is designed to connect your business with forward-thinking, large corporations that ...
Aug8 Category: Milwaukee Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Connecting to Corporation Series
Location: Manpower, 100 Manpower Place, Milwaukee, WI 53212 (map)
Cost: FREE
Connecting to Corporations: Developing the Value Proposition for Women-Owned Business Manpower, 100 Manpower Place, Milwaukee, WI 53212 Developing the Value Proposition for Women-Owned Business Discover how to adjust your value proposition to maximize impact, effectiveness and grow your market share by identifying unique propositions that resonate with your customer. This specially tailored workshop is designed to connect your business with forward- thinking, large corporations that hav...
Aug11 Category: Partner Event Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Title: V2B: Veterans 2 Business
Location: Cook County Building, 4th Floor Conference Room, 118 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60602 (map)
V2B: Veterans 2 Business Cook County Building, 4th Floor Conference, Room 118 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60602 V2B is a collaborative initiative of Cook County, SBA and the WVP program of the WBDC. V2B is a series of entrepreneurial workshops offered to veterans to educate veterans on alternative financing sources, determining which certifications are best and the opportunity to network with procurement, government contracting and financial professionals. Presenters from: Cook County...
Aug11 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...
Aug12 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...
Aug19 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.
Aug21 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Title: JOINT WBDC-MN / NCMSDC Procurement Meeting Hosted by SUPERVALU
Location: SUPERVALU INC., East View Innovation Center, 7075 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (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 WBDCMN/NCMSDC Procurement Meeting hosted by SUPERVALU. 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 a...
Aug25 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...
Sep4 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...
Sep8 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...
Sep9 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.
Sep10 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...
Sep11 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. ...
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