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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: Partner Event Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Title: Developing Personal Power to Enhance Your Professional Brand
Location: Microsoft Offices, 3025 Highland Parkway, #300, Downers Grove, IL 60515 (map)
Developing Personal Power to Enhance Your Professional Brand Microsoft Offices, 3025 Highland Parkway #300, Downers Grove, IL 60515 Happy New Year! Please attend upcoming IAMCP WIT event on Developing Personal Power to Enhance Your Professional Brand. Personal branding is about identifying and then communicating what makes you unique, relevant and different. The Personal Power model provides a framework that is beneficial for consciously and continuously actualizing your brand. Elaine...
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Jan28 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: WBDC PTAC South Kick-off Event
Location: South Suburban College, 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest room 5190, Oak Forest, IL 60452 (map)
Cost: FREE
WBDC PTAC South Kick-off Event South Suburban College, 16333 South Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Forest room 5190, Oak Forest, IL 60452 Join the Women's Business Development Center to discover the new services available to business owners in the South Suburbs!Additionally, WBDC's partners from various agencies, including the State of Illinois, City of Chicago, Cook County and many more, will be on hand to speak with you about the opportunities they have available and the resources they can provide...
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: Partner Event Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Title: The Founding Moms' Exchange: Oak Park!
Location: Mancini's Pizza Pasta Cafe, 1111 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301 (map)
Come hear Meg Herman talk to us about Growing Your Business by Working ON It: Resources Available To You With the Women’s Business Development Center! Meg Herman is Director of Entrepreneurial Services. In an effort to promote outreach and develop new learning opportunities Meg connects clients with WBDC counseling and training services.Meg also works to maintain strong relationships with affiliate organizations to provide resources for start-up and established businesses. Prior to j...
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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: Partner Event Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Title: Paving a Path to Grow
Location: Fruition Partners, LLC, 55 West Monroe Street, #200, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
What's your growth strategy? Join two of the fastest-growing urban businesses in Chicago and the US as they share the bold moves they've made to stand out from the competition. Attendees will sit in on an interactive discussion with 2014 Inner City 100 winners Marc Talluto, co-founder and CEO of Fruition Partners, and Sarah Eck-Thompson, Co-Founder and COO of All Terrain. All program attendees will receive a complimentary gift card from our event sponsor, Staples. To register, click...
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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 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 c...
Feb5 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Title: Connection Points: Hot Topics for Food Industry/CPG Entrepreneurs
Location: Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, 1st floor conference room, 333 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606 (map)
Cost: FREE
Connection Points: Hot Topics for Food Industry/CPG Entrepreneurs Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, 333 S. Wacker Drive, 1st floor conference room, Chicago, IL 60606 Please join us for up-to-the-minute advice on current issues of interest to executives, counsel, and managers in food and consumer packages businesses.Whether you are already involved in these industries, or are interested in starting a business, you won’t want to miss this important program on key issues that you should know.You...
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...
Feb10 Category: Partner Event Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: Building Blocks & Bridges Series: Growth Strategies for Small Business
Location: US Bank, 801 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610, , , (map)
Building Blocks & Bridges Series: Growth Strategies for Small Business US Bank, 801 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610 Are you ready to take your business to the next level? During this evening seminar, you will learn effective strategies to help you shift your start-up or small business in to growth mode. Industry leaders in the area of legal, insuranace, and branding will provide essential knowledge, tools and guidance needed to successfully grow our business. Light hors d'oeu...
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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: Partner Event Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Title: Give Me 5: Transitioning Out of 8(a) - Introduction
Location: Online
Give Me 5: Transitioning Out of 8(a) - Introduction Online The 8(a) program creates opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses as they attempt to compete in the federal marketplace; making it possible for them to become federal prime contractors, experience revenue and profit growth, form important partnerships – and more.But, what you may not know is that graduating from 8(a) is often a difficult transition to make.An alarming number of businesses fail within 2 years after...
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...
Feb23 Category: Webinar Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Title: Are you Lost in the Missing Zone? Get on track with the Gateways Registry
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
Are you Lost in the Missing Zone?Get on track with the Gateways Registry Online The Gateways Registry is an electronic data base that helps you keep track of all your professional development and educational attainments. Such as trainings and workshops, credentials and college degrees. Membership in the Gateways to Opportunity Registry is REQUIRED by DCFS of ALL licensed child care providers.Learn how to become a member ( for FREE), how to use your membership to promote your business and o...
Mar3 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: Developing Your Child Care Business (10 Week Series)
Location: TBD, , , (map)
Cost: $150.00
Developing Your Child Care Business (10 Week Series) TBD 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 credits. Register for the WBDC's Develop...
Mar14 Category: Partner Event Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Title: Small Business Center on the Road
Location: Malcolm X College,, 1900 W. Van Buren Auditorium, Chicago, IL 60612 (map)
The 2015 Small Business Center on the Road series is about to begin! The series is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of New Americans (ONA), Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP), and corporate sponsor Western Union. It’s designed to create a temporary one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs who want to start a business and business owners that want to grow their businesses. The events are held in different neighborhoods throughout Chicago and they are free and open to the p...
Mar25 Category: Partner Event Time: 11:00 AM - 1:45 PM Title: 2015 Chicago POW! Honorees
Location: The Metropolitan Club, Chicago, Willis Tower, 67th Floor, 233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606 (map)
2015 Chicago POW! Honorees The Metropolitan Club, Willis Tower, 233 South Wacker Drive, 66th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60606 See what confidence looks like in action! Join us at the annual Womenetics POW! Awards luncheon to celebrate 10 female role models who have made lasting impacts on their businesses, communities and the next generation of female leaders.On March 25th, the 2015 POW! honorees will share their successes and their failures, revealing insights into their compelling leadersh...
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