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Sep22 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 se...
Sep24 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Title: The Credit Issue
Location: US Bank 815 W 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60621, , , (map)
Cost: FREE
The Credit Issue US Bank 815 W 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60621 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 of Illinois.
Sep24 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Title: Evaluating Your Business IQ
Location: US Bank 815 W 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60621, , , (map)
Cost: FREE
Evaluating Your Business IQ US Bank 815 W 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60621 The fact is starting a business is not meant for everyone. You have to ask yourself: are you financially ready to start your own business? In this interactive workshop you will: Learn about capital resources for start-ups; Find out what you should be doing with your finances when you launch your business; Learn how your legal entity can impact your finances. Get ready to review your personal situation to determine if...
Sep25 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 o...
Sep25 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Alternative Sources of Financing
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $10.00
Alternative Sources of Financing WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603 Consider which financial partnership work’s best with your business venture.Meet a banker, micro-lender, a factoring professional and a kick start equity specialist.We will discuss our programs and services and the best solutions for your businesses’ growth.
Sep26 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Title: Empowering Emerging Entrepreneurs: New Business Boot Camp
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $20.00
Empowering Emerging Entrepreneurs: New Business Boot Camp WBDC, 8 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603 Join us for this morning workshop tailored to entrepreneurs and new business owners who want to learn how to successfully launch and grow a new business venture. Industry leaders in the areas of legal, insurance, and commercial real estate will provide you with valuable insights to help you avoid many common mistakes that a new business owner makes. Speakers: Lema Khorshid, Fuksa...
Sep30 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Expand Your Business - Get Certified with the State of IL
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Expand Your Business - Get Certified with the State of IL WBDC, 8 South Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60603 The State of Illinois has diversity spending goals under its Business Enterprise Program (BEP) to encourage the participation of women, minority, persons with disabilities and veteran business owners on State projects. Certifying with the State will help increase your opportunities of doing business with the State and will help the State to satisfy its diversity spending goals.In th...
Oct1 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Title: Is Certification Right for You?
Location: Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP, 2501 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (map)
Cost: $20.00
Have you been looking for that special something to help you “get in the door” of large corporations? If you are a woman-owned and operated business, that something could be the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification. Although not a guarantee of business, the WBE Certification has been proven to provide a competitive edge in obtaining corporate contracts. National in scope and issued by a third-party agency Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)...
Oct1 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, 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 g...
Oct3 Category: Partner Event Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM Title: Chicago City Treasurer Small Business Entrepreneur Expo
Location: UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608 (map)
Chicago City Treasurer Small Business Entrepreneur Expo UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608 Join 3,000 entrepreneurs and top business leaders for a FREE day of expert business workshops and networking. For more information pr to register, click here
Oct6 Category: Partner Event Time: - Title: The Founding Moms Conference
Location: Lincoln Hall 2424 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60614, , , (map)
The Founding Moms Conference Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 Are you ready to learn from the best? To be inspired? To go big? Want to spend a whole day with insightful and inspiring experts eating top-notch food in a world-class city? And do it all with your fellow mom entrepreneurs from around the world? Join us for The Founding Moms Conference! For more information or to register, click here.
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Oct6 Category: Partner Event Time: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Title: NAWBO Chicago Thrive Conference 2014
Location: The Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton Place, Chicago, IL 60611 (map)
NAWBO Chicago Thrive Conference 2014 The Drake Hotel • 140 E. Walton Place • Chicago, IL 60611 NAWBO Chicago’s THRIVE Conference is a dynamic workshop for enterprising women who aspire to greater levels of achievement. You will learn from, and network with, influential industry leaders and peers, and choose from nine informative seminars that focus on relevant topics essential to growth: marketing, finance, digital privacy and more. THRIVE 2014 is not to be missed. Seiz...
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Oct7 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 practi...
Oct7 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: Developing Your Child Care Business (10 Week Series)
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $150.00
Developing Your Child Care Business (10 Week Series) WBDC, 8 South Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60603 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 c...
Oct8 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Title: Alternative Sources of Financing
Location: Sankofa Cultural Arts Center, 5820 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60651 (map)
Cost: $10.00
Alternative Sources of Financing TBD Consider which financial partnership work’s best with your business venture.Meet a banker, micro-lender, a factoring professional and a kick start equity specialist.We will discuss our programs and services and the best solutions for your businesses’ growth.
Oct8 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: How to Leverage Your WBENC Certification
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
How to Leverage Your WBENC Certification Online 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.S...
Oct8 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Title: The Credit Issue
Location: Sankofa Cultural Arts Center, 5820 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60651 (map)
Cost: $10.00
The Credit Issue TBD 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 of Illinois.
Oct9 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.
Oct14 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Title: Winning Corporate and Government Contracts
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $15.00
Winning Corporate and Government Contracts WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603 Strategies and Tips for Developing Important Relationships One of the most important steps for improving your chances of winning contracts is to develop good relationships with the agencies or corporations with which you want to do business.The common adage is – ‘people buy from qualified people they know and like’.But, how can you really get to know the buyers and decision makers?And w...
Oct15 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Evaluating Your Business IQ
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $10.00
Evaluating Your Business IQ WBDC, 8 South Michigan Ave, Chciago, IL 60603 The fact is starting a business is not meant for everyone. You have to ask yourself: are you financially ready to start your own business? In this interactive workshop you will: learn about capital resources for start-ups; find out what you should be doing with your finances when you launch your business; and learn how your legal entity can impact your finances. Get ready to review your personal situation to det...
Oct21 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: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door
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 ...
Oct22 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Title: The Corporate Partner Panel
Location: Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP, 2501 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (map)
Cost: $45.00
The Corporate Partner Panel Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP accounting firm at 2501 Wayzata Blvd, Mpls, 55405 The WBE Corporate Partner Panel is a unique opportunity for women’s business enterprises (WBEs) to learn firsthand about securing business with such local corporations and entities as Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, General Mills, and U.S. Bank. Learn how their supplier diversity programs can support you and how they do business with certified women business own...
Oct22 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Title: Taking Your Business to the Next Level
Location: .US Bank, 1000 East 111th Street, 4th floor, Chicago, IL (map)
Cost: $10.00
Taking 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? Evaluate where you are and determine where you want to go!
Oct29 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Building Your Financial Team
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $10.00
Financial matters are becoming increasingly complex – tax regulations are always changing, new investment vehicles are constantly being developed - leaving it hard for one person to keep up with all the changes and manage a business at the same time. That is why you should consider forming a solid financial advisory team. In this workshop you will learn the importance of finding expert professionals to keep you informed of your current financial issues so you can make informed decisi...
Nov4 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, 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 g...
Nov5 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Title: Improve Your Search for Contracts: Use the Best NAICS Codes and Keywords
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $15.00
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Nov5 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 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 o...
Nov5 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Title: Connection Points: WBE B2B Speed Networking
Location: 3033 Campus Drive, Ste. N160, Plymouth, MN 55441, , , (map)
Cost: $20.00
Structured in a speed networking format (modeled after speed dating), WBE B2B Speed Networking is a great way to get to know other WBEs and learn about their businesses to explore potential business opportunities. Learn best practices, share ideas, exchange cards, and do business. Please scroll down to the end of the announcement to read testimonials from our previous gatherings. Feel free to bring brochures or product samples from your company. As part of the event, there will also be a bri...
Nov5 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Small Business Risk Education (SBRE)
Location: Matteson Community Center, 20642 Matteson Ave., Matteson, IL 60443 (map)
Cost: $10.00
Small Business Risk Education (SBRE) Matteson Community Center, 20642 Matteson Ave., Matteson, IL 60443 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.
Nov6 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: The Credit Issue
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $10.00
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 of Illinois.
Nov12 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: How to Leverage Your WBENC Certification
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
How to Leverage Your WBENC Certification Online 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.S...
Nov12 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Title: Taking Your Business to the Next Level
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: $10.00
Taking 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? Evaluate where you are and determine where you want to go!
Nov13 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Title: Joint WBDC-MN & NCMSDC Procurement Meeting, Hosted by Xcel Energy
Location: Xcel Energy General Office 414, Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (map)
Cost: FREE
Joint WBDC-MN & NCMSDC Procurement Meeting, Hosted by Xcel Energy Xcel Energy General Office 414 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401 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 Procurement Meeting hosted by Xcel Energy. These sessions provide you with an opportunity to meet and interact with your local women’s and minority business community a...
Nov13 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.
Nov18 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM Title: Is Certification Right for You?
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Is Certification Right for You? WBDC, 8 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603 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 Benefit...
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