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8/30/2015 - 10/29/2015

Sep9 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 corporat...
Sep10 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

Starting a Business in Illinois

WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603

Do you know what value your business brings to the market?  Begin to plan your business with the business canvas model, learn your legal responsibilities, and decide if being in business, or the business you chose is likely to work for you!
Sep14 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Title: Plan For Profit: A Guided Process for Developing Your Business
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $200.00
Plan For Profit: A Guided Process for Developing Your Business WBDC, 8 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603 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 ...
Sep16 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 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 present 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 pract...
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....
Sep23 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Title: Boosting Your Bottom Line: Alternative Sources of Financing
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Boosting Your Bottom Line: Alternative Sources of Financing WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603 Consider which of the following financial partnerships work best for you and your business venture. Learn more about Crowd Funding, Micro-Lending, Alternative Lending, Factoring and Traditional Lending. We will discuss our programs and services and which works best for your businesses' growth.
Sep23 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 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 present 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 pract...
Sep24 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!
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...
Oct6 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: Developing Your Child Care Business (10 Week Series)
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $150.00
Developing Your Child Care Business (10 Week Series) WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL The WBDC can guide you through the steps necessary to create a strategic child care business plan! Learn from industry experts to gain tools, resources and information necessary to manage and operate your business efficiently. Additionally, the Developing Your Child Care Business workshop series is INCRAA certified and child care providers can earn up to 20 hours of professional development cred...
Oct6 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Title: Running a Home Based Business: Legal Issues You Need to Understand
Location: Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), 3440 S. Dearborn St, Chicago, IL (map)
Cost: FREE
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Oct7 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Assess your business: Introduction to GrowthWheel Tools
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
Assess your business: Introduction to GrowthWheel 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 barriers to growth. This webi...
Oct7 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: FREE
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 corpora...
Oct8 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Is Certificaiton Right for You?
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
Is Certification Right for You? Online 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 Benefits and process of WBE certifi...
Oct8 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Title: Starting a Business in IL: Lean planning for Startups
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door
Starting a Business in IL: Lean planning for Startups WBDC, 8 South Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60603 Do you know what value your business brings to the market? Begin to plan your business with this business model canvas, where you will learn abut legal responsibilities, and decide if starting a business is for you.
Oct13 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
Did you know you could be held liable for the auto accident of an employee? What could you do if your supplier couldn’t deliver an item you use in your end product? Could your business stay open if there was a natural disaster or if you had major surgery? 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 busine...
Oct14 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...
Oct28 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Title: Business Plan Critique Clini
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...
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