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Nov29 Category: Partner Event Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Title: Small Business Saturday
Location: Online
In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need — getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. This year, the big day is Nov 29. For more information and to register, click here.
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Dec2 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...
Dec3 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...
Dec4 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: Connecting to Cash: A Candid Conversation about Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs
Location: GoodCity Chicago, 5049 W. Harrison St., Chicago, Illinois 60644 (map)
Cost: FREE
Connecting to Cash: A Candid Conversation about Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs Austin, Goodcity, 5049 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60644  Are you interested in finding out what it really takes to access funding to fuel your business growth? Hear from entrepreneurs that have successfully secured loans through the City of Chicago’s Microlending Institute, as well as other sources.This panel discussion will include successful business owners and a small business finance expert. ...
Dec10 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 (please bring 2 of your key people)
How to Turn Any Company into a Profitable High Growth Business WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603 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 limited and will sell out fast.    Join a select group of Presidents to discover 4 steps to driving profitable growth. You will rol...
Dec10 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...
Dec10 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.
Dec11 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: $45.00 ,includes continental breakfast
“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...
Dec15 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...
Dec17 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: What's Up With Mentoring?
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
What's Up With Mentoring? Online Join the call to learn about WBDC's mentoring program: How do you enter and maintain a good mentoring relationship? How do you create a good mentoring request? What are reasonable expectations of a mentor and a mentee for this kind of relationship? How do you manage expectations.
Dec17 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Title: Connecting to Cash: A Candid Conversation about Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs
Location: Chatham Business Association, 800 E 78th St, Chicago, IL 60559 (map)
Cost: FREE
Connecting to Cash: A Candid Conversation about Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs Are you interested in finding out what it really takes to access funding to fuel your business growth? Hear from entrepreneurs that have successfully secured loans through the City of Chicago’s Microlending Institute, as well as other sources.This panel discussion will include successful business owners and a small business finance expert. Plus, network with small business bankers, community and econ...
Jan6 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Grow Your Business with WBDC: An Intro to Services
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
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 grow y...
Jan6 Category: Webinar Time: 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Title: Finding Your Way When You Are Stuck: Working Your Way Through Growth Analysis Tools
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
Finding Your Way When You Are Stuck: Working Your Way Through Growth Analysis 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 ba...
Jan7 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
Grow Your Business with WBDC 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 n...
Jan9 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Title: WVP: Back 2 Basics Reloaded - Module 2
Location: SCORE Chicago/SBA Office, 500 W. Madison Street Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60661 (map)
Cost: FREE
Back 2 Basics Reloaded: Module 2 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1150. Chicago, IL 60661 WVP: B2B: Reloadedis a comprehensive approach to completing your business plan through 3 four week modules.Modules 2 and Modules 3 focus on the most important aspects of the business plan, marketing and finances.  Minimal research on industry, customers and competition often lead to key miscalculations within business plans and often leave the business owner frustrated, these modules are fo...
Jan14 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Title: Is Certification Right For You? Workshop (Lunch & Learn)
Location: Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP, 2501 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (map)
Cost: $20.00
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: Gain an understanding of whether or not your business could qualify for women business certifications. Learn the overall benefits of WBE certification and then be able to determine if certification will actually benefit your business. All of the local, state and federal government certifications available in Minnesota will be covered. WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Participants must be part of a business that at least 51% owned, actively managed and controlled by a woman or women. ...
Jan14 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.
Jan15 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...
Contact: wbdc@wbdc.org
Jan20 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Title: GrowthWheel Series: Is Your Business Idea Clear?
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Is Your Business Idea Clear?  online While the objective of a business is to make money, its mission is very different from that. Is the mission of your business clear to you? To your customer? And it is one thing to have a good idea, but another to explain/communicate the idea to customers and others . Join this webinar to learn how to: Build a broad, clear mission statement that resonates with you and your customers and provides value Utilize a tool to help you formulate the...
Jan20 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Title: 4 Week Financial Training Series for Child Care Care Providers
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
4 Week Financial Training Series for Child Care Care Providers WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, 4th floor, Chicago, IL Session 1: Chart of Accounts  Established child care providers will adaptthe chart of accounts to determine how to classify their revenue and expenses. Session 2: Healthy Business  Participants will analyze their financial statements and assess their current business financial health.They will implement better financial management tactics. Session 3: To...
Jan20 Category: Spanish Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Title: Finanzas para su Negocios para proveedores establecidos
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603 (map)
Cost: FREE
Finanzas para su Negocios para proveedores establecidos WBDC, 8 South Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL Sesión 1: Chart of Accounts   Proveedores establecidas implementaran el uso del plan general de la contabilidad (Chart of Accounts) para determinar cómo clasificar sus ingresos e egresos. Sesión 2:El estado financiero de su negocio     Participantes analizaran sus estados financieros y determinaran la salud financiera de su negoci...
Jan21 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Title: Finding Your Way When You Are Stuck: Working Your Way Through Growth Analysis Tools
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
Finding Your Way When You Are Stuck: Working Your Way Through Growth Analysis Tools online Prerequisite for GrowthWheel Analysis tools. 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 entre...
Jan22 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Title: Joint WBDC-MN & NCMSDC Procurement Meeting Hosted by Minneapolis Public School District
Location: 1250 W. Broadway Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55411, , , (map)
Cost: FREE
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 Minneapolis Public School District. These sessions provide you with an opportunity to meet and interact with your local women’s and minority business community and large corporations, as well as public and not-for-profit entities that support supplier diversity. Bring your b...
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