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12/18/2014 - 2/17/2015

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 barr...
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...
Jan9 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: WVP: Back 2 Basics Reloaded - Module 2
Location: SCORE Chicago/SBA Office, 500 W. Madison Street Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60661 (map)
Cost: FREE
Back 2 Basics Reloaded: Module 2 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1150. Chicago, IL 60661 WVP: B2B: Reloadedis a comprehensive approach to completing your business plan through 3 four week modules.Modules 2 and Modules 3 focus on the most important aspects of the business plan, marketing and finances.  Minimal research on industry, customers and competition often lead to key miscalculations within business plans and often leave the business owner frustrated, these modules are fo...
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: GrowthWheel Series: Is Your Business Idea Clear?
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
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...
Jan20 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Title: 4 Week Financial Training Series for Child Care Care Providers
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
4 Week Financial Training Series for Child Care Care Providers WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, 4th floor, Chicago, IL Session 1: Chart of Accounts  Established child care providers will adaptthe chart of accounts to determine how to classify their revenue and expenses. Session 2: Healthy Business  Participants will analyze their financial statements and assess their current business financial health.They will implement better financial management tactics. Session 3: To...
Jan20 Category: Spanish Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Title: Finanzas para su Negocios para proveedores establecidos
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Finanzas para su Negocios para proveedores establecidos WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL Sesión 1: Chart of Accounts   Proveedores establecidas implementaran el uso del plan general de la contabilidad (Chart of Accounts) para determinar cómo clasificar sus ingresos e egresos. Sesión 2:El estado financiero de su negocio     Participantes analizaran sus estados financieros y determinaran la salud financiera de su negoci...
Jan21 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 12:45 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 Prerequisite for GrowthWheel Analysis tools. 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 entre...
Jan22 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Title: Joint WBDC-MN & NCMSDC Procurement Meeting Hosted by Minneapolis Public School District
Location: 1250 W. Broadway Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55411, , , (map)
Cost: FREE
The 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 Minneapolis Public School District. 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 public and not-for-profit entities that support supplier diversity. Bring your b...
Jan27 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Mentoring: learning appropriate 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...
Jan28 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: WBDC PTAC South Kick-off Event
Location: TBD, , , (map)
Cost: FREE
WBDC is now offering the services of its Procurement Technical Assistance Center in South Suburban Chicagoland. Offerings include weekly counseling, workshops and events. This Kickoff Event's purpose is to reach out to the South Suburban business population, discuss these new offerings, create an opportunity for businesses to meet each other and key local resources.
Jan29 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...
Jan30 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Title: GrowthWheel Series: How Well Do You Know Your Customer?
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
How Well Do You Know Your Customer? Online Often times we do not know enough about our customers. Sometimes we haven’t known them long enough, sometimes we just don’t know how to think about them so we can best serve them.By trying to understand who your customers are, you can become better at designing your products/services. And, you get better at communicating with them as well.    Join this webinar to learn how to: Get a better understanding of your customer...
Feb3 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 12:45 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 Prerequisite for Growth Wheel Analysis tools. 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 entr...
Feb4 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: 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...
Feb5 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Title: Corporate Partner Panel with Best Buy, Cargill, Medtronic, and Target
Location: Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP, 2501 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (map)
Cost: $45.00
The Corporate Partner Panel is a unique opportunity for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) to learn firsthand about securing business with such local corporations as Best Buy, Cargill, Medtronic, and Target. Learn about their supplier diversity programs and how they do business with certified WBEs. Panel Speakers: •  Molly Larsen, Director, GNFR Corporate Responsibility, Procurement, Best Buy •  John Taylor, Director, Supplier Diversity, Cargill •...
Feb5 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...
Feb6 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: WVP: Back 2 Basics Reloaded: Module 3
Location: SCORE Chicago/SBA Office, 500 W. Madison Street Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60661 (map)
Cost: FREE
Back 2 Basics Reloaded: Module 3 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1150. Chicago, IL 60661 WVP: B2B: Reloadedis a comprehensive approach to completing your business plan through 3 four week modules. Modules 2 and Modules 3 focus on the most important aspects of the business plan, marketing and finances.  Minimal research on industry, customers and competition often lead to key miscalculations within business plans and often leave the business owner frustrated, these modules are for...
Feb11 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Title: GrowthWheel Series: Do you know the way to profitability?
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
Do you know the way to profitability? Online The road to profitability starts with finding ways to increase revenue and reduce costs.But to get to that step, how do you make budgets that will help you monitor the business income and expense? The hard part of making a budget is not the math, but the decisions you have to make during the coming year regarding the business.  Join this webinar to: Overview decisions you need to consider in budgeting costs for your business Determ...
Feb12 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...
Feb13 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Title: Taxes and business structure: what to do?
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $10.00
It's tax time! Do you know what documents to gather? How do you determine what business structure is best for your business, and its tax implications? Bring your questions about your taxes to Yolanda Ruiz, IRS Community Representative and receive the tax guidelines you need to wrap up 2014 and start 2015 effectively!
Feb16 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Title: GrowthWheel series: Is Partnership right for my business?
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
Is Partnership right for my business? Online Prerequisite: Live Orientation Webinar entitled “Finding your way when you are stuck.” As partners in a business, you need to know each other’s position on key issues such as the company’s development and operations.By exploring each of your positons/perspectives on different subjects, you can enter agreements that prevent disappointment and manage conflicts better. Join this webinar to: Identify the issues you may n...
Feb17 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.
Feb17 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 need ...
Feb18 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 12:45 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 bar...
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