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Jul7 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...
Jul8 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Assess Your Business – Introduction to Growth Wheel 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...
Jul8 Category: Webinar Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Title: Save Money and Energy with ComEd Smart Ideas® Energy Efficiency Program
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
Following up on the great success and interest at the sold out 17th Annual WBDC Early Childhood Education Entrepreneurial Expo, join us for tips, tools and rebates to save money and energy at your childcare. Whether you are a center provider, or a home-based business, we have information on ways for you to save on your electric bill! Below is the information on how to join the webinar: Click on Join WebEx meeting link and follow the prompt. Join WebEx meeting Meeting number:   ...
Jul9 Category: Partner Event Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Title: Community Business Workshop: Certifying your Business (MBE, WBE, and more)
Location: Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E. 53rd Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago, Chicago, IL (map)
Are you wondering what those small business certifications like Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), 8a, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) are all about? Do you know which one is best for your business? Expert panelists will demystify the certification process and share tips in determining which type of certification is best for your industry. You will also learn which certifications are accepted at corporations, government organizations and institutions of ...
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Jul15 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Selling Through Our Networks
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Prerequisite: Live Introductory Webinar entitled “Assess Your Business with Growth Wheel Tools” Before we started out as entrepreneurs and ever since, our personal networks are critical to our building and maintaining our client base.How do we maintain and grow our network as a continual source of new customers? Join this webinar to learn how to: Assess your existing networks to start the process of expanding your base of clients and needed resources. Figure out how to lever...
Jul15 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Title: Alternative Sources of Financing
Location: Austin Resource Center, 501 N. Central Ave., Chicago, IL (map)
Cost: FREE
Alternative Sources of Financing Austin Resource Center at 501 N. Central Ave., Chicago Facilitated by the Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Women’s Business Development Center this free event will feature financial experts who will discuss crowd funding, micro-lending, alternative lending, and traditional lending financial programs and share the best solutions to grow your business.Michelle Collins, Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer from ABC Bank will be our featured l...
Jul16 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Title: WBDC-MN and NCMSDC JOINT Procurement Meeting Hosted by Cargill
Location: Cargill Office Center – Auditoriums A & B, 15407 McGinty Road West, Wayzata, MN 55391 (map)
Cost: FREE
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 Cargill. 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 government and not-for-profit institutions and agencies that support supplier diversity. Bring lots of business ca...
Jul16 Category: Partner Event Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Title: Plan for Profit – Business series
Location: YWCA Lake County, 1425 Tri-State Parkway, Suite 180, Gurnee, IL 60031 (map)
Workshops on Thursdays offering skills and techniques essential for a successful business. 11 sessions every Thursday. Jumpstart Your Business offers practical information on starting and growing a business, including the nuts and bolts of developing a business idea, guidance for creating a business plan, group interaction and networking. Information You Will Learn Whether business ownership is right for you The transition of moving from employee, volunteer, homemaker and/or indepen...
Jul18 Category: Partner Event Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Title: Small Business Center on the Road Business Expo
Location: South Shore Cultural Cener, 7059 S. South Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60649 (map)
The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and the Small Business Center invites ALL small business owners and entrepreneurs to itsFREE Small Business Center on the Road business expo with more than 40 exhibitors. Tax Clinic by the Center for Economic Progress Two workshops for entrepreneurs Business Startup 101 Workshop for CPS students City of Chicago Business Consultants ready to support licensing needs and answer questions Photographer to take professio...
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Jul21 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Title: Boosting Your Bottom Line: Alternative Sources of Financing
Location: Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E. 53rd Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago, Chicago, IL (map)
Cost: FREE
Facilitator: Sharnell Curtis-Martin, Director of Access to Capital Programs, WBDC Facilitated by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), this session will discuss financial programs and services and that may be best for your business growth. Financial professionals will help you 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.&n...
Jul22 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Cash Management: How can I Improve Short and Long Term Cash Flow?
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Prerequisite: Live Introductory Webinar entitled “Assess Your Business with Growth Wheel Tools” We are now in a time of growth again in the USA.But growth puts a strain on liquidity.We have to think differently about cash flow. By improving cash flow you generate more liquidity to be used for growth in your company. Join this webinar to learn how to Explore alternatives to improve cash flow in your company Evaluate how suitable each initiative might be for you Make a plan t...
Jul23 Category: Partner Event Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Title: The Next Level: Federal Contracting Conference
Location: 425 Fawell Blv., SRC 2000, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, , , (map)
Understanding federal contracting can be arduous! Join us for this full day conference that will offer training and networking which could be your catalyst in moving your business towards success in the largest marketplace. Value packed conference for ALL industries. The conference is jam packed with respected and sought out experts in federal contracting. Training topics will include:   Understanding federal market research   Federal strategic sourcing and what it...
Jul24 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Delivering Excellence, Expanding Opportunities and Building Capacity to Grow Your Business
Location: Target West Campus Auditorium, 3701 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416 (map)
Cost: FREE
Ruby McCleary, Director of Supplier Diversity with United Airlines will present her unique insights to diverse business owners about how to implement “Best Practices” strategies to successfully meet corporate client supplier diversity objectives. Ruby is responsible for developing United’s Corporate Supplier Diversity/Supply Chain strategy across multiple product lines and services. Under her leadership United’s supplier diversity spend has grown to over $1B annually i...
Jul24 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Title: Take Your Business to the Next Level
Location: Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E. 53rd Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago, Chicago, IL (map)
Cost: FREE

Take Your Business to the Next Level

Chicago Innovation Exchange in the Washington Park Classroom at 1452 E. 53rd Street, Chicago

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Jul28 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...
Jul30 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Doing Business with the State of Illinois
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Expand on Business Opportunities . . . Learn the certification and contracting process to do business with the State Presentations will include: Business Enterprise Program (BEP) The State’s certification process for minorities, women, persons with disabilities and Veteran business owners The State’s recognition certification affidavit program for businesses certified with other entities Bureau of Strategic Sourcing (BOSS) Locate procurement opportunities Procurement r...
Jul30 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Bureau of Strategic Sourcing (BOSS) Process Procurement Workshop
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Bureau of Strategic Sourcing (BOSS) Process Procurement Workshop WBDC, 8 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603 Evonne Velasquez would like to do a BEP/BOSS workshop. This will be unique to us and our clients because the topics for that day will not only include certification but also how Bureau of Strategic Sourcing (BOSS) processes procurements – IFPs, RFPs and RFQs. This will give great insight on how contracts are evaluated and what required to process them.
Aug10 Category: Milwaukee Workshop Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Delivering Excellence, Expanding Opportunities and Building Capacity to Grow Your Business
Location: Manpower, 100 Manpower Place, Milwaukee, WI 53212 (map)
Cost: FREE
Ruby McCleary, Director of Supplier Diversity with United Airlines will present her unique insights to diverse business owners about how to implement “Best Practices” strategies to successfully meet corporate client supplier diversity objectives. Ruby is responsible for developing United’s Corporate Supplier Diversity/Supply Chain strategy across multiple product lines and services. Under her leadership United’s supplier diversity spend has grown to over $1B annually i...
Aug10 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 c...
Aug11 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Delivering Excellence, Expanding Opportunities and Building Capacity to Grow Your Business
Location: TBD, , , (map)
Cost: FREE
Ruby McCleary, Director of Supplier Diversity with United Airlines will present her unique insights to diverse business owners about how to implement “Best Practices” strategies to successfully meet corporate client supplier diversity objectives. Ruby is responsible for developing United’s Corporate Supplier Diversity/Supply Chain strategy across multiple product lines and services. Under her leadership United’s supplier diversity spend has grown to over $1B annually i...
Aug12 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Assess Your Business – Introduction to Growth Wheel 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® toolk...
Aug13 Category: Kansas Workshop Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Delivering Excellence, Expanding Opportunities and Building Capacity to Grow Your Business
Location: Deluxe Corporation ., 16505 W. 113th St, Lenexa, KS 66219 (map)
Cost: FREE
Ruby McCleary, Director of Supplier Diversity with United Airlines will present her unique insights to diverse business owners about how to implement “Best Practices” strategies to successfully meet corporate client supplier diversity objectives. Ruby is responsible for developing United’s Corporate Supplier Diversity/Supply Chain strategy across multiple product lines and services. Under her leadership United’s supplier diversity spend has grown to over $1B annually i...
Aug13 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Title: Lean planning for Startups : Starting a Business in Illinois
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door
Lean planning for Startups WBDC, 8 South Michigan Ave. 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.We’ll •  use a businessplanning model that starts with the di...
Aug14 Category: St. Louis Workshop Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Delivering Excellence, Expanding Opportunities and Building Capacity to Grow Your Business
Location: TBD, , , (map)
Cost: FREE
Ruby McCleary, Director of Supplier Diversity with United Airlines will present her unique insights to diverse business owners about how to implement “Best Practices” strategies to successfully meet corporate client supplier diversity objectives. Ruby is responsible for developing United’s Corporate Supplier Diversity/Supply Chain strategy across multiple product lines and services. Under her leadership United’s supplier diversity spend has grown to over $1B annually i...
Aug18 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 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...
Aug20 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: What Legal Documents Should be in Place for my Business?
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Prerequisite: Live Introductory Webinar entitled “Assess Your Business with Growth Wheel Tools” Creating a strong foundation for your business includes setting up legal documents for the various relationships you have with internal and external collaborators. By evaluating your existing legal documents periodically, you continue to effectively mitigate legal risks for your business. Join this webinar to learn how to: Determine the categories of andtypes of documents you need t...
Aug20 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!
Aug25 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Finding the Right Price
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Prerequisite: Live Introductory Webinar entitled “Assess Your Business with Growth Wheel Tools” Entrepreneurs often set their prices too low, and it can take years to get to the right level. So how do we set appropriate prices, and when necessary, raise our prices without losing customers? Join this webinar to learn how to Use a process to analyze how to construct alternative price points and find the price that gives you the highest sales turnover Explore ways to create valu...
Aug26 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...
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