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Jun1 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Mentoring: Expectations and Guidance for Valuable Conversations
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
You will learn to create:

  1.     Realistic expectations
  2.     Responsibilities of both parties
  3.     A viable mentoring plan
  4.     A good request
  5.     How to find mentees/mentors
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
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 corporate contracts, need financing to grow your business, or just need guidance to learn how to wor...
Jun2 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Assess Your Business: Introduction to GrowthWheel 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...
Jun2 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: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door
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.
Jun6 Category: Webinar Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Hiring & Retaining Top Performing Employees
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
In a time where creative growth and technological advancements are a crucial part of maintaining success in business, companies should become more aware of the importance of hiring and retaining talented employees.
Jun7 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Growth Wheel Series: Make your operations more profitable
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
As your business grows, your operations need to change to become more efficient at larger scale. Learn some tools and tips for how to make that happen.
Jun8 Category: Kansas Workshop Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Title: Is Certification Right for You?
Location: Robert J. Mohart Center, 3200 Wayne Street, Kansas City, MO 64901 (map)
Cost: FREE
Discover how to add credibility and set your business apart as a woman-owned business by corporate and government agencies in the marketplace by becoming a certified women business enterprise.
Jun9 Category: Aurora Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: Business Leadership Essentials 101
Location: WBC Aurora, 43 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL 60506, , , (map)
Cost: $10.00
Join the WBC Aurora as we examine Leadership and break down the essential skill-sets of an effective leader. What is the difference between Leading and Managing? How do business owners balance working IN the business with working ON the business? How can self-awareness impact your leadership effectiveness? We will answer all of these questions and more. The workshop is designed to be interactive, thought provoking, and relevant.
Jun9 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 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 session focuses on a critical aspect of business development, shows you the ropes and then allows time for you to draf...
Jun14 Category: Webinar Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Title: Travelers SBRE Part 1: Managing Business Auto Risk
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
Did you know that you could be held responsible for anyone driving on your company’s behalf even if they’re in a personal vehicle? Learn more about some risk management strategies you may want to consider putting in place.
Jun14 Category: Aurora Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Title: From Zero to Sales Hero: 5 Steps to Top Sales Results
Location: WBC Aurora 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60506, , , (map)
Cost: $20.00
Amy Simatos, AIM Sales Training and Consulting and author of Amazon Best Seller "From Zero to Sales Hero: How to Double Your Sales and Income in 90 Days" will give you 5 keys to drive your sales and business and results to a new level from her 2 decades of sales, sales training, and business consulting experience. The steps we will focus on are: "The 3 A's," Follow the Sales Process, Mastering Influence, Negotiating to Win, and Sales Presentations that Impress.
Jun16 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Business Plan Critique Clinic
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
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 practical strategies in developing your business plan, so you can build your thoug...
Jun16 Category: Webinar Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: How to Leverage Your WBENC Certification
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
If you are a Women Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certified women business enterprise (WBE) looking to escalate the growth of your business this webinar is definitely for you! What you will learn: The facilitator, Cynthia Johnson, WBDC Director of Established Business Services and a former WBE will provide you with valuable information about leveraging your certification to gain access to opportunities with major corporations.She will help you understand how to build rel...
Jun18 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Title: 18th Annual Early Childhood Education Entrepreneurship Expo
Location: UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608 (map)
Cost: $30.00 for the first 250, $40 after 250
Learn industry specific business guidance and resources through inspiring sessions, dynamic workshops, and robust exhibition hall.
Jun20 Category: Milwaukee Workshop Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Title: Is Certification Right for You?
Location: 10437 Innovation Drive, Suite 121, Wauwatosa, WI, , , (map)
Cost: FREE
Discover how to add credibility and set your business apart as a woman-owned business by corporate and government agencies in the marketplace by becoming a certified women business enterprise.
Jun21 Category: Webinar Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Title: Travelers SBRE Part 2: Managing Business Relationships
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
Juggling vendors and suppliers is a tall order. But did you know you could be held responsible for their mistakes? Learn more about risk transfer and some mechanisms you may want to consider putting in place for your business.
Jun21 Category: Aurora Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Grow your Business with Social Media
Location: WBC Aurora 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60506, , , (map)
Cost: $10.00
Guest Speaker: Briana Jones, FTD Marketing Manager. Social media is an important and free to low cost marketing tool that can create a high impact in your business success. Come and learn the best ways to utilize social media by developing an actionable strategy.
Jun28 Category: Webinar Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Title: Travelers SBRE Part 3: Managing Cyber Risk
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
Did you know that 60% of all targeted cyber-attacks strike small- to mid-size companies? Learn how to better protect your business from the devastating effects of a cyber attack. 
Jun29 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Title: Procurement Meeting with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
A unique opportunity for WBENC-certified Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) to learn firsthand about securing business with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. Learn about their supplier diversity program and how they do business with certified WBEs.
Jun29 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
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 practical strategies in developing your business plan, so you can build your thoug...
Jul12 Category: Aurora Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Title: 5 Keys to Master Networking
Location: WBC Aurora, 43 W. Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL 60506, , , (map)
Cost: FREE
Networking, networking, networking. Everyone’s doing it, the result being a lot of time, money and energy goes into it, mostly wasted. Join Jim Waszak, CEO of Success Enhancement, Inc. for a FUN night on how to become a master networker.
Jul13 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Title: WBDC-MN and NCMSDC JOINT Procurement Meeting Hosted by SUPERVALU
Location: SUPERVALU Support Center, 11840 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 (map)
Cost: FREE
Women’s Business Development Center - Minnesota (WBDC-MN) and North Central Minority Supplier Development Council (NCMSDC) invite you to 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 corporations, as well as government and not-for-profit institutions and agencies that support supplier diversity. Bring lots of business cards and your best five-sec...
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