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2/8/2016 - 4/7/2016

Feb9 Category: Partner Event Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Title: Chicago Police Academy Open House
Location: Chicago Police Academy, 1300 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60607 (map)
Are you interested in becoming a police officer? Come learn about the benefits of working for the Chicago Police Department and help make a real difference in your community! After 18 months, officers earn $72,510 per year plus benefits. This event is FREE and open to everyone Applications will only be accepted until January 31st, 2016 To sign up click here.
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Feb9 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Title: How to Construct an Accurate Financial Plan for Your Business” Expert Panel
Location: Lurie LLP, 2501 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (map)
Cost: FREE
Forecasting revenue and expenses during the growth of your business is a key element in the development plan. It takes a lot of time -- time that could be spent selling rather than wondering. But few will invest in your business if you're unable to provide a thoughtful forecast. More important, a proper financial forecast will help you develop operational and staffing plans to help chart your success. In this session, three Lurie experts will go into detail on how to go about building financial ...
Feb11 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Assess Your Business: Introduction to GrowthWheel 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® toolkit...
Feb11 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...
Feb16 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Title: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Lunch and Learn
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Requirement: Revenues greater than $150K, 4 employees and at least 2 years in business. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. Enjoy provided lunch and hear first-hand from 10KSB representatives and alumni about the program, application process and impactful experiences. To register, please contact Jaemie Neely at jneely@wbdc.org.
Feb17 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Growth Wheel tool: Improve Cashflow
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Whether your business is getting started or operating for years, most companies experience cashflow problems. This webinar identifies to cashflow challenges and tools to determine whether your problems are due to profitability or timing. You will also create an annual budget for your business.
Feb18 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Title: Boost Your Bottom Line: The Credit Issue
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
The Credit Issue 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 and issues impact your businesses ability to grow to the next level? Come learn about it from a financial literacy educator.
Feb19 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Business Financial Clinic: Understanding Cash Flow Statements
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Understanding cash flow statements is crucial to creating a strategy that positions your buisness for growth. During this session, WBDC financial advisors will review and explain your statement.

Space is limited to 7 participants.
Feb23 Category: Partner Event Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Title: Strictly Business: Strategies for Disability Inclusive Workplaces
Location: The Standard Club, 320 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604 (map)
HR Professionals, Employers and Business Leaders: Don't miss your chance to explore the latest strategies and trends with inclusion expert Debra Ruh Learn best practices in disability hiring with case studies from around the world Discover the risks of not crating a disability-inclusive workforce Find out how to retain employees who acquire disabilities (80% acquired) Join industry experts at this educational and networking event to learn strategies for creating diverse workplaces. ...
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Feb23 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 you...
Feb24 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Title: Is Certification Right For You?
Location: Lurie 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)...
Feb24 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Title: New & Important Federal Laws that Affect Small Businesses
Location: McDonald Hopkins, LLC, 300 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60654 (map)
Cost: $15.00
New federal laws have taken affect.Are you up to date on important laws that impact small businesses? If not, this workshop is for you! Find out what and how the ever-changing legalities around government contracting can affect the business you run.Subject matter expert and attorney Michelle Kantor will cover: The National Defense Authorization Act 2016 (NDAA) New opportunities for certified businesses – mentor protégé programs, sole source authority and more Laws that...
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