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Mar2 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...
Mar3 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 Avenue, 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.
Mar3 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Title: Developing Your Child Care Business (10 Week Series)
Location: Laurance Armour Day School, 2150 W. Harrison, Chicago, IL 60612 (map)
Cost: $150.00
Developing Your Child Care Business (10 Week Series) Laurance Armour Day School 2150 W. Harrison Chicago, IL 60612 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 profession...
Mar5 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 for 12 weeks
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 ...
Mar10 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...
Mar11 Category: Partner Event Time: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Women Who Impact and Inspire - Panel Discussion
Location: Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker, Floor 34, Chicago, IL 60606 (map)
Women's History Month Panel Willis Tower 233 S. Wacker, Floor 34 Chicago, IL 60606 Join Step Up for our annual Women's History Month panel discussion on Women Who Impact and Inspire Featuring a fresh perspective from top influencers who are inspiring change: Veronica Arreola - director, Women in Science & Engineering Program, University of Illinois Kate Bensen - President and CEO, The Chicago Network Emilia DiMenco - President and CEO, Women's Business Development Center K. S...
Mar11 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: Woman Warrior Wednesdays: Accessing Resources for Female Veterans
Location: GoodCity Chicago, 5049 W. Harrison St., Chicago, Illinois 60644 (map)
Cost: FREE
Woman Warrior Wednesdays: Accessing Resources for Female Veterans GoodCity Chicago, 5049 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL Join the WBDC and community partners for a special event to celebrate Women's History Month and raise awareness of the resources available to veterans throughout the city of Chicago! Attend this event and learn about resources available to veterans throughout the city, whether you are looking to start or grow a business, continue education or need other social se...
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...
Mar18 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Title: Boosting Your Bottom Line – The Credit Issue
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Boosting Your Bottom Line – The Credit Issue WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603 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 issues impact your business’s ability to grow to the next level?Come learn from a former banker who is now a certified financial literacy educator with the University o...
Mar18 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Title: Finding the Right Customer
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Finding the Right Customer Online As entrepreneurs we have to proactively build a valuable customer portfolio. Sometimes we acquire “wrong” customers! By proactively choosing the customers you want to work with, you can ensure that you get the most out of your marketing and sales efforts. Prerequisite: Live Orientation Webinar entitled “Finding your way when you are stuck” Join this webinar to learn how to: 1.        &nb...
Mar18 Category: Partner Event Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Title: Give Me 5: Becoming an Advocate for Your Business
Location: Online
Give Me 5: Becoming an Advocate for Your Business Online From the stop sign in front of your business to the taxes that your business pays, public policy is your silent business partner.As a business owner, your time and energy is best spent running and growing your business.However, you know the negative or positive impact that a new regulation, a tax increase or deduction, and a government program can have on your bottom line. This webinar outlines what it means to your business to b...
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Mar18 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: Woman Warrior Wednesdays: Accessing Resources for Female Veterans
Location: Jackson Park Boardroom, 1452 E. 53rd Street, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60615 (map)
Cost: FREE
Woman Warrior Wednesdays: Accessing Resources for Female Veterans Jackson Park Boardroom, 1452 E. 53rd Street, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60615 Join the WBDC and community partners for a special event to celebrate Women's History Month and raise awareness of the resources available to veterans throughout the city of Chicago! Attend this event and learn about resources available to veterans throughout the city, whether you are looking to start or grow a business, continue education or n...
Mar20 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Working on Your Business with Growth Wheel Planning Tools
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
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
Mar25 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Title: New and Important Federal Laws that Affect Small Businesses
Location: McDonald Hopkins, LLC, 300 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60654 (map)
Cost: FREE
New and Important Federal Laws that Affect Small Businesses McDonald Hopkins LLC, 300 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60654 Don’t miss out on government contracting opportunities, due to unawareness. Laws are ever-changing and it is important to know how these changes will affect the way you do business.This year’s changes add new incentives for prime contractors to work with small businesses.  This event will cover several topics such as: Federal ...
Mar25 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Boosting Your Financial Bottom Line: Take Your Business to the Next Level
Location: TBD, , , (map)
Cost: FREE
Boosting Your Financial Bottom Line: Take Your Business to the Next Level TBD Have you been a home based business and it’s time to move out and expand? Has the nuances of your business or your industry changed and you have to catch up to remain competitive? Does your business have an online presence? Evaluate where you are and determine where you want to go!
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...
Mar25 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 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 ...
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Mar25 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: Woman Warrior Wednesdays: Accessing Resources for Female Veterans
Location: National Veterans Art Museum,, 4041 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL (map)
Cost: FREE
Woman Warrior Wednesdays: Accessing Resources for Female Veterans National Veterans Art Museum, 4041 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL Join the WBDC and community partners for a special event to celebrate Women's History Month and raise awareness of the resources available to veterans throughout the city of Chicago! Attend this event and learn about resources available to veterans throughout the city, whether you are looking to start or grow a business, continue education or need other social s...
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Mar26 Category: Webinar Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Title: Writing a Dynamic Capability Statement
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
Writing a Dynamic Capability Statement Online 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. ...
Mar26 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Title: WBDC-MN and NCMSDC JOINT Construction Procurement Meeting
Location: C. H. Robinson Campus – Door 7, 14800 Charlson Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55347 (map)
Cost: FREE
WBDC-MN and NCMSDCJOINT Construction Procurement Meeting C. H. Robinson CampusDoor 7 , 14800 Charlson Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55347 The 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 Construction Procurement Meeting in partnership with Knutson Construction, Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, Ryan Companies, Inc., JE Dunn Construction, and University of Minn...
Mar26 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Financial Counseling Clinic – Preparing Your 2014 Business Tax Returns
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Financial Counseling Clinic – Preparing Your 2014 Business Tax Returns WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, 4th floor, Chicago IL 60603     Bring your business plan, financial statements and tax returns. Our financial counselor and former banker of 30 years will help you prepare your business to sail through the loan process.
Mar31 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Title: Branding: How do you want to be perceived?
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Branding: How do you want to be perceived? Online Prerequisite: Live Orientation Webinar entitled “Finding your way when you are stuck What makes up a brand, YOUR brand? Where do you get inspiration for your brand? By finding role models from other areas of business, you can weigh the value of your own brand more fully. It then gets easier for you to describe the values within your brand. Join this webinar to learn how to: Describe elements that make up your company brand D...
Apr6 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 governmen...
Apr8 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...
Apr13 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...
Apr15 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Title: The Next Employee: Getting Ready
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
The Next Employee: Getting Ready Online Prerequisite: Live Orientation Webinar entitled “Finding your way when you are stuck” In order to hire the right employees, you need a clear image of what the job actually is. Learn how to create the best job description, and list all the expectations before hiring. Taking time to determine the ideal profile of the next employee enhances your chances of finding the right employee. Join this webinar to learn how to : 1.  ...
Apr17 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: FREE
I’m Certified, Now What? Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP, 2501 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55405 “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...
Apr22 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Financial Counseling Clinic – Making Your Business Ready for a Loan
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Financial Counseling Clinic – Making Your Business Ready for a Loan WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, 4th floor, Chicago IL 60603     Bring your business plan, financial statements and tax returns. Our financial counselor and former banker of 30 years will help you prepare your business to sail through the loan process.
Apr23 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Financial Counseling Clinic – Preparing Your 2014 Business Tax Returns
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Financial Counseling Clinic – Preparing Your 2014 Business Tax Returns WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, 4th floor, Chicago IL 60603     Bring your business plan, financial statements and tax returns. Our financial counselor and former banker of 30 years will help you prepare your business to sail through the loan process.
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