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May6 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Accelerate Your Cash-flow: Tips on Cash Management
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Learn key tips and guidelines on cash management products and services that may assist with accelerating your cash flow. Simplify your payables and get your receivables faster.
May9 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Title: Writing a Dynamic Capability Statement
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
You may have heard that every business owner should be prepared to briefly and effectively pitch their business at a moment’s notice. But what about when the procurement event or networking session is over – how will buyers remember you? Writing a dynamic capability statement is a great way to pitch your business’ core competencies, differentiators and past performance and it is an effective leave-behind for potential buyers.
May11 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: GrowthWheel Series: How do You Plan Sales?
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Sales may seem frightening or overwhelming, but it's a skill. Like all skills, it consists of steps and begins with a plan. GrowthWheel has some helpful tools to plan your sales and help your business reach the next level of success.
May11 Category: Kansas Workshop Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Title: Is Certification Right for You?
Location: Central Exchange, 1020 Central St. Suite 100, Kansas City,, MO 64105 (map)
Cost: FREE
Discover how to add credibility and set your business apart as a woman-owned business by corporate and government agencies in the marketplace by becoming a certified women business enterprise.
May11 Category: Aurora Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: Develop Your Brand Message
Location: WBC Aurora, 43 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL 60506, , , (map)
Cost: $15.00
Does your brand have a BIG IDEA that hits prospects between the eyes and gets them to take action? Join Elizabeth Vassolo, WBDC Director of Marketing and Communications and learn the steps to create memorable messaging that sells.
May11 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
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 will   use a business planning model that starts with the difference your business makes (its value proposition)   build an action...
May12 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Title: Get the Most Out of Government Contracting Events: What to Say, What to Bring, Who to Meet
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Planning on attending a government contracting event? This season is filled with vendor fairs, matchmakers and other types of procurement events.You will want to prepare your business to capitalize on these opportunities.Events such as these are impactful relationship builders and a key way to learn valuable and exclusive information from vital government agency resources.In this workshop, we will cover: Strategy development using agency forecasts and buying plans Marketing materials forma...
May12 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Title: Is Certification Right For You? Lunch & Learn Workshop
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)...
May16 Category: Aurora Workshop Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Are You Ready for a Government Contract?
Location: WBC Aurora, 43 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL 60506, , , (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, come to an in-depth session about government contracting
May16 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM Title: Corporate Partner Panel
Location: Cargill Excelsior Crossings Campus, Crossings 1 9320 Excelsior Blvd, Hopkins, MN 55343 (map)
Cost: $45.00
The Corporate Partner Panel is a unique opportunity for WBENC-certified Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) to learn firsthand about securing business with such local corporations as Cargill, SUPERVALU, Target, and U.S. Bank. Learn about their supplier diversity programs and how they do business with certified WBEs. Panel Speakers: •  John Taylor, Director, Supplier Diversity, Cargill •  Mercedes Jaime, Sr. Corporate Manager, Supplier Diversity, SUPERVAL...
May17 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Put a Price Tag on Your Business
Location: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60604 (map)
Cost: $15.00
Every business owner needs to know the approximate value of his or her business and real estate. "What is my business worth? or How do I add value to my business?" Business Benchmarking will help answer those questions. You will explore business continuation, exit and transition strategies, estate planning, and retirement analysis.
May17 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Selling: Overcomng objections: Growthwheel Series
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Prerequisite: Assess your Business with Growth Wheel tools webinar.

90% of the time selling you get a no--unless you do your homework! Expect objections and resistance,and prepare responses. This webinar will help you plan this part of the sales experience, including ??s to be answered with sales arguments.
May18 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Title: Is Certification Right for You?
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
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.
May18 Category: Aurora Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: The Social Media PAC
Location: WBC Aurora, 43 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL 60506, , , (map)
Cost: $20.00
Guest Speaker: Leila Samii, Assistant Professor at Aurora University in the Masters of Digital Marketing and Analytics Program and adjuncts in Harvard University, Division of Continuing Education. Dr. Samii holds a Ph. D. in International Business with a specialization in Marketing, specifically Social Media Marketing. Workshop Description: The Social Media PAC will support your efforts for developing a strong social media strategy that is relatable to you. Through Persistence, Authenticity ...
May19 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Title: WBDC Capacity Building Series: Project Management Training
Location: Cummins Power Generation, 3850 Victoria Street North, St. Paul, MN 55126 (map)
Cost: $75.00
The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is extremely pleased to have partnered with Cummins Power Generation, a world leader in the design and manufacture of power generation equipment, to provide an innovative world-class training to WBDC’s Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) on Project Management (PM). The program is designed to provide WBE suppliers with capacity development to ensure they remain viably competitive and are positioned for sustainable growth and economi...
May19 Category: Webinar Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Leveraging Your Certification
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
Certified, now what?! Are you a certified WBE looking to do business with small, medium or large corporations? In this webinar, you will learn how to leverage your certification, navigate through the corporate procurement process and build relations with corporation’s supplier diversity representatives
May23 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Are You Ready for a Government Contract?
Location: South Suburban College, 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest room 5190, Oak Forest, IL 60452 (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, come to an in-depth session about government contracting.
May24 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...
May24 Category: Aurora Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Title: Starting a Business in Illinois : Lean Planning for Startups
Location: WBC Aurora, 43 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL 60506, , , (map)
Cost: $10.00
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 will   use a business planning model that starts with the difference your business makes (its value proposition)   build an action p...
May25 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Selling as service: GrowthWheel Series
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Prerequisite: Assess your business with Growth Wheel tools.
Afraid of being seen as a snake oil salesman? Start viewing the sales process as a service to the client. How can we help clients make decisions that will make their lives easier, better, more cost effective, more profitable with our products or services?
May25 Category: Aurora Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Title: Plan for Profit in Aurora: A Guide Process for Developing Your Business (12 Weeks)
Location: WBC Aurora, 43 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL 60506, , , (map)
Cost: $200.00
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. By the end of the series, you will have created and refined your business plan!! Comprised 14 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...
Jun28 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Title: Procurement Meeting with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
A unique opportunity for WBENC-certified Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) to learn firsthand about securing business with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. Learn about their supplier diversity program and how they do business with certified WBEs.
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