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May27 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Lunch & Learn Featuring a 10,000 Small Businesses Alumni Panel Discussion
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Lunch & LearnFeaturing a 10,000 Small Businesses Alumni Panel WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, 4th floor, Chicago, IL Learn About Valuable Skills & Tools...That Drive Results! 10,000 Small Businesses & WBDC Present 10KSB Alumni Panel Discussion. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses gets results. The program offers you access to a practical business education covering negotiations, marketing, employee management, and more. Together, with a supportive network of peers and e...
May28 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: The Credit Issue
Location: Chicago State University, 9501 S King Dr, Chicago, IL (map)
Cost: FREE
The Credit Issue Chicago State University, 9501 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL 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.
May29 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Title: How to Turn Any Company into a Profitable High Growth Business
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $49.00 for 3 tickets
Please note: If you are paying for 3, please register only one person at $49.00 and email the names of the other two to treyes@wbdc.org How to Turn Any Company into a Profitable High Growth Business WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, 4th floor, Chicago, IL If you want to grow your business much faster, drive performance and profitability, be our special VIP guest for this 2 hour special event. We promise this will be time well spent.   Please RSVP today as seating is strictly limi...
Jun1 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 corpora...
Jun2 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Title: WBDC-MN and NCMSDC JOINT Procurement Meeting Hosted by Best Buy
Location: Best Buy Corporate Campus, 7601 Penn Avenue South, Richfield, MN 55423 (map)
Cost: FREE
WBDC-MN and NCMSDC JOINT Procurement Meeting Hosted by Best Buy Best Buy Corporate Campus, 7601 Penn Avenue South Richfield, MN, 55423 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 Best Buy. These sessions provide you with an opportunity to meet and interact with your local women’s and minority business community and large c...
Jun2 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Title: Making the Most of a Mentor/Protégé Relationship for Government Contractors
Location: McDonald Hopkins, LLC, 300 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60654 (map)
Cost: FREE
Making the Most of a Mentor/Protégé Relationship for Government Contractors McDonald Hopkins, LLC, 300 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60654 Finding a business mentor can be an important part of your government contracting strategy.Learning first-hand from a more experienced business that has ‘been there and done that’ may help you to better understand industry trends, contracting best practices and what pitfalls to avoid. In this workshop we will co...
Jun2 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 pr...
Jun3 Category: Partner Event Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Title: Simple Strategies for Better Event Marketing
Location: 815 W Van Buren St, Suite 400, Chicago, IL, , , (map)
At the heart of small business marketing are the campaigns that drive action – collections of marketing activities that help a small business or organization to achieve its goals & objectives. Join us and learn great new strategies to help you promote your next event and set up an online registration process that helps your event run seamlessly. Presented by Kathy Hays of Xcelacore. Register now at http://goo.gl/5bIIvo
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Jun3 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 nee...
Jun4 Category: Partner Event Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Title: Venture Workshops in partnership with The Resurrection Project in Pilsen
Location: Casa Morelos Community Room, 2015 S Morgan, 60608, , , (map)
Venture Workshops to be held in partnership with The Resurrection Project in Pilsen Open to the public, this series of free workshops will give you a solid foundation for starting your business. We encourage you to take all four, but you can take individual ones if you desire. All sessions are two hours long and you will leave with a list of next steps customized for your situation. Presented in English. Venture Start - What are the resources to help you develop your business? How do you...
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Jun5 Category: Partner Event Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Title: Aurora: Make a Connection
Location: Waubonsee Community College – Aurora Campus, 18 S River St Aurora, Multipurpose Room, Aurora, IL 60506 (map)
Aurora: Make a Connection: Aurora Campus, 18 South River Street, Aurora, Illinois 60506 Connecting Communities to Illinois Business Opportunities An informational event and networking opportunity for business owners to learn the process in doing business with the State, connect with other professionals and gain access to State and local resources that promote the growth of small businesses and diversity inclusion. Register to attend
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Jun8 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 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 ...
Jun9 Category: Partner Event Time: - Title: National Center for VIP at the Bolger Center
Location: The Bolger Center Hotel and Conference Center, 9600 Newbridge Drive, Potomac, MD 20854 (map)
National Center for VIP at the Bolger Center The Bolger Center Hotel and Conference Center, 9600 Newbridge Drive,Potomac, MD 20854 The Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) is an educational training program for owners, principals and C-level executives of veteran-owned businesses. The VIP is a 27-hour, 3-day comprehensive certification program instructed by professional service experts, government officials, and agency representatives. It is designed for veteran businesses to incre...
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Jun10 Category: Partner Event Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Title: Starting a Business - What you Must Know for Tax and Accounting
Location: 815 W Van Buren St, Suite 400, Chicago, IL, , , (map)
Come learn from Maribel Del Real, CPA, MSA, about important things you should address before you start including choice of entity (S Corp vs. Sole prop vs. LLC ), Payroll Tax / Sales Tax / Income Tax, best accounting practices to use from the beginning, and accounting software options. Presented by Maribel Del Real, CPA, MSA Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor of Del Real Tax Group, Inc. ●  Wednesday, Jun 10, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM ●  815 W Van Buren St, Suite 400 - Regist...
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Jun10 Category: Aurora Event Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Title: Graduation of 2nd Cohort of ScaleUp Aurora
Location: Waubonsee Community College – Aurora Campus, 18 S River St Aurora, Multipurpose Room, Aurora, IL 60506 (map)
Cost: FREE

We are excited to graduate our 2nd Cohort of ScaleUp Aurora.  This class of business owners is an exciting group of entrepreneurs that are each doing great things for Aurora’s economy and their individual communities.

We invite you to celebrate this graduation event with us on Wednesday, June 10th at Waubonsee Community College. 
Jun10 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 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...
Jun10 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 ...
Jun11 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Title: WBDC-MN and NCMSDC JOINT Procurement Meeting Hosted by Cummins Power Generation
Location: Cummins Power Generation Corporate Offices (CPGO), 3850 Victoria Street North, Shoreview, MN 55126 (map)
Cost: FREE
WBDC-MN and NCMSDC JOINT Procurement Meeting Hosted by Cummins Power Generation Cummins Power Generation Corporate Offices (CPGO), 3850 Victoria Street North, Shoreview, MN, 55126 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 Cummins Power Generation. These sessions are an opportunity to meet and interact with the local women ...
Jun17 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Growth Wheel tool: Organize your Business Processes
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Growth Wheel tool: Organize your Business Processes Online As entrepreneurs we build our businesses from the ground up. This means that we have to do things for the first time and simultaneously decide what and how standard procedures should fixed for the future. How do we set up the right procedures so that we become better at running things smoothly on a daily basis?As a result of this workshop you’ll learn to: 1.  Explore your value chain:business processes that requir...
Jun17 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Title: Get Your Business Ready for a Bank Loan
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Get Your Business Ready for a Bank Loan WBDC, 8 South Michigan Ave., Chciago, IL 60603 It’s always best to put your best foot forward.Come and learn how to position yourself and your business for a bank’s consideration from a senior level banker with more than 20 years of lending with several major Chicago banks.Our experienced banker will share with you what you need to do to hear “Yes” from a bank.
Jun18 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Title: How to Attract, Retain, Utilize and Reward an Advisory Board
Location: Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP, 2501 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (map)
Cost: FREE
How to Attract, Retain, Utilize and Reward an Advisory Board Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP 2501 Wayzata Boulevard, Minneapolis, MN 55405 Assembling the right advisory board for your business is an important step to assure success. Your advisors should bring their expertise to increase credibility with potential investors and ultimately help grow your business. Join us to hear from a panel of LBL experts as they walk you through what it takes to get the right people on your adv...
Jun23 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: What’s the Big Idea?
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
What’s the Big Idea? Online You’ve gotten up and running. Or, you think you want to be in business and have a product/service you think you want to sell. It all starts or comes back to the big picture. If you have lost sight of it, or never worked on it, this webinar is for you. Come learn how to (Re)formulate the company’s purpose and mission in the world. Also Create a vision for solved problems or new opportunitiesin the future utilizing your services/product. Duri...
Jun23 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 ...
Jun24 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Title: Working on Your Business with Growth Wheel Planning Tools
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the door
Working on Your Business with Growth Wheel Planning Tools WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, 4th floor, Chicago, IL 60603 Have you taken the Growth Wheel tools webinars in the past 3 months? Come and receive individual and group feedback to move beyond the impasse of where you are now to where you want to be! Prerequisite webinar: Finding Your Way When You are Stuck
Jun24 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Title: Is Certification 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...
Jun25 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: Alternative Sources of Financing
Location: Chicago State University, 9501 S King Dr, Chicago, IL (map)
Cost: FREE
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
Jun30 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Title: WBDC-MN and NCMSDC JOINT Procurement Meeting Hosted by SUPERVALU INC.
Location: SUPERVALU Support Center, 11840 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (map)
Cost: FREE
WBDC-MN and NCMSDC JOINT Procurement Meeting Hosted by SUPERVALU INC SUPERVALU,Support Center, 11840 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 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 SUPERVALU Inc. These sessions are an opportunity to meet and interact with the local women and minority business community and large corporation...
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