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6/26/2016 - 8/25/2016

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...
Jul6 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 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...
Jul7 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...
Jul12 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Title: Is Certification Right for You?
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
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. Learn how to become a certified woman-owned enterprise and discover greater opportunities to work with corporate and government agencies.
Jul12 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: Kansas Workshop Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Title: Is Certification Right for You?
Location: Central Exchange, 1020 Central St. Suite 100, Kansas City,, MO 64105 (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.
Jul13 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
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 will   use a business planning model that starts with the difference your business makes (its value proposition)   build an a...
Jul14 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...
Jul14 Category: Aurora Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Title: Build Your Brand through Social Media Plan
Location: Online
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.
Jul19 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Title: Think Like Private Equity Seminar
Location: 233 N Michigan Chicago, IL 23rd floor, Chicago, IL, , , (map)
Cost: $15.00
Think like Private Equity is a bootcamp style presentation that will help business owners and operators think from an investor’s perspective and suggest how small businesses can execute similar strategies to achieve substantial growth in their business. Founder and Principal of Dignitas, Nicholas Delgado will help you think like private equity with research/presentation updates, how to raise growth capital, acquiring add-ons and the selling of your business.
Jul19 Category: Webinar Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Title: Is Certification Right for You?
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
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.
Jul19 Category: Partner Event Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: Hanover Park Small Business Workshop & Resource Fair
Location: Education & Work Center, 6704 Barrington Rd, Hanover Park, IL (map)
At this event you’ll have the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with industry experts in a variety of fields including marketing, access to capital, insurance, social media, business plan development, bookkeeping, and more! If you have any questions, please contact either Jillian Hedges at (312) 924-2157 or jhedges@accionchicago.org or Patrick Ainsworth at (630) 823-5779 or pmainsworth@hpil.org. To register, click here.
Jul19 Category: Partner Event Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: Market Research
Location: Forest Park Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd, Forest Park, IL 60130 (map)
Do you wonder if there really is a market for your business idea, how to find and use the most relevant market data, how to access trends in your industry? Attend this workshop to learn tools and tips for Market Research. Presented by the Women's Business Development Center. Amilcar Perez Adult Services Librarian Forest Park Public Library 708.366.7171 ext.6124 aperez@fppl.org Click here to register.
Jul20 Category: Partner Event Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: Small Business Advising for Women
Location: Forest Park Library, 7555 Jackson Blvd, Forest Park, IL 60130 (map)
Small Business Advising for Women Get guidance through a One-on-One session with a Women's Business Development Center adviser. Learn about starting a business, funding, expanding, and marketing. Select a date and time to register. Wednesday, July 20: 10 am 10:30 am 11 am 11:30 am Wednesday, August 17: 10 am 10:30 am 11 am 11:30 am
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Jul20 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: GrowthWheel: Leading Together, Partnerships that Work
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Having a partner might lead to a more profitable business, but making it work can become a nightmare. Don't leave this up to chance. If you are thinking about owning your business with another person, there are steps you can take to set yourselves up for success.
Jul20 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...
Jul21 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 relationsh...
Jul26 Category: Aurora Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Title: Turn Your Passion Into Profit
Location: WBC Aurora 43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60506, , , (map)
Cost: FREE
Learn 5 simple steps on how to turn you passion into profit and build a successful business using your unique gifts, talents and/or knowledge.
Jul27 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: GrowtWheel; Branding: Developing Your Street Cred
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
How do you want your business to be known in the world? What do you want them to remember about your business? Learn some ways to plan/strengthen your brand.
Aug19 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: I’m Certified, Now What?
Location: Lurie LLP, 2501 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (map)
Cost: $45.00
“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 to know before you start utilizing your certification and how to best and most effectively maximize your WBE designation. ...
Aug25 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Title: WBDC-MN and NCMSDC JOINT Procurement Meeting Hosted by ECOLAB
Location: Ecolab Schuman Campus Innovation Center, 655 Lone Oak Dr., Eagan, MN 55121 (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 Ecolab. 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-second ele...
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