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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: 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...
Apr8 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM 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 ...
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...
Apr14 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 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...
Apr15 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Title: GrowthWheel Series: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 :...
Apr16 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Title: STEMpreneur Insights
Location: Illinois Institute of Technology, McCormick Tribune Campus Center, 3201 South State Street, Chicago,, Illinois (map)
Cost: $40.00
STEMpreneur Insights Illinois Institute of TechnologyMcCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC) Building3201 South State Street Pritzker ClubChicago, Illinois  Join the Women’s Business Development Center and the Enterprising Women Foundation for a panel discussion with accomplished women entrepreneurs in STEM-related fields discussing the benefits, challenges and strategies for establishing and growing successful businesses in science, technology and engineering as well as c...
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: $45.00
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: WBDC-MN Time: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Title: Project Management Best Practices to Build Capacity
Location: Cummins Power Generation, 3850 Victoria Street North, St. Paul, MN 55126 (map)
Cost: $75.00 includes continental breakfast
A full-day interactive seminar for WBE Certified businesses To improve operational efficiencies and compete in the marketplace, it is critical to have solid processes and procedures in place for your business.In this full day seminar, WBEs will dig deep into the project management process and walk away with tools to more effectively manage project schedules, resources and risk to ensure that projects are successfully completed and clients are completely satisfied.Upon completion of the trai...
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.
Apr22 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Title: Women Vetrepreneurship Program (WVP): Back2Basics: Reloaded (12 Week Series)
Location: AKArama Foundation, 6220 South Ingleside, Chicago, IL 60637 (map)
Cost: FREE
Women Vetrepreneurship Program (WVP): Back2Basics:Reloaded (12 Week Series) AKArama Foundation Community Service Center, 6220 S. Ingleside, Chicago IL 60637 This 12-week veteran entrepreneurial training series that consists of 3 modules is designed for military spouses, women veterans, reservist and guardsman who want to create a business plan and work on the steps towards self-employment or economic self-sufficiency. The series is a comprehensive training program for startup or emerging b...
Apr23 Category: Partner Event Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Title: Military & Veterans 101
Location: Conference Chicago at University Center, 525 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605 (map)
Military & Veterans 101 Conference Chicago at University Center, 525 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605 The workshop includes an overview of military culture, the emotional cycle of deployment, what the military does vs. what community organizations and providers can do, and clinical approaches to working with this unique population. No previous experience or prerequisite is necessary. We hope this introductory session will build a foundation so that more, detailed sessions will follow...
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.
Apr24 Category: Partner Event Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Title: How To Find Your Angel Investor
Location: 222 West Merchandize Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654, , , (map)
Entrepreneurs, learn how to quickly and affordably build relationships with Chicago’s angel investors. Peter Wilkins of Hyde Park Angels, Mark Achler of Math Ventures and Shradha Agarwal of ContextMedia will discuss networking and pitch strategies with Blue Sky Innovation reporter John Carpenter. This interactive panel discussion and question/answer session will be geared toward early-stage entrepreneurs. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.
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Apr28 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Title: Is Certification Right For You?
Location: Online
Cost: FREE
Is Certification Right for You? Online 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 webinar is for you. You will learn: The differences and benefits of Minority (MBE)and Women (WBE) owned business certifications on Federal, State, Local and Private levels Benefits and process of WBE certification offered by the Women’s Business Development ...
Apr28 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...
Apr28 Category: Partner Event Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Title: How To Tell Your Company's Story
Location: 222 West Merchandize Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654, , , (map)
Define and share your company story like never before. Brian Burkhart, CEO and founder of Chicago-based communication strategy firm SquarePlanet, brings his signature motivating exercises and concepts – not to mention infectious enthusiasm – to help you understand, celebrate and articulate the heart of your company’s mission and products. Burkhart will facilitate group and individual storytelling exercises and lead a collaborative dialogue about company storytelling principles....
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Apr29 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Title: Raising Prices via Raising Value
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Raising Prices via Raising Value Online Prerequisite: Live Orientation Webinar entitled “Finding your way when you are stuck” The benefits you provide, or the value you create, for your customers will determine what prices you are able to set for your products or services. Join this webinar to learn: 1.  Basic types of benefits and value that your client can get from your product/service 2.  How to evaluate the importance this value is to your custom...
Apr30 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Title: Project Management workshop Wintrust/Cummins
Location: Wintrust, 9700 Higgins Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018 (map)
Cost: $75.00
Project Management workshop Wintrust/Cummins Wintrust, 9700 Higgins Rd. Rosemont, IL 60018 Established Businesses:Full day workshop given by Cummins on Project Management. Program is designed to provide suppliers with capacity development to ensure they remain viably competitive and are positioned for sustainable growth. (This training is also being held in Minneapolis on 4/22/15 with Cummins and Power Generation
Apr30 Category: Chicago Workshop Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Title: DBE Final Rule Updates
Location: McDonald Hopkins, LLC, 300 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60654 (map)
Cost: FREE
DBE Final Rule Updates McDonald Hopkins LLC, 300 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60654 The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certification is designed to provide contracting opportunities on Federally-funded highway, transit, and airport projects for small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.In the fall of 2014, the DBE certification program has undergone some major changes that can affect businesses.These include changes i...
May6 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Title: Using Technology to Organize Supplier Diversity Registration Data
Location: Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP, 2501 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (map)
Cost: $20.00
Using Technology to OrganizeSupplier Diversity Registration Data Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP, 2501 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55405 This new workshop has been developed by our own MN WBE, who went through the experience of registering in multiple corporate supplier diversity portals after getting certified. The session is most applicable to newly certified WBE companies who haven’t done any corporate registrations yet, but have attended the WBDC-MN’s “I&rs...
May12 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
Is Certification Right for You? WBDC, 8 South Michigan Ave, 4th Floor, 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 P...
May13 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...
May13 Category: WBDC-MN Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Title: Is Certification Right For You? (Lunch & Learn)
Location: Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP, 2501 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (map)
Cost: $20.00
Is Certification Right For You?(Lunch & Learn) Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP, 2501 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55405 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 obtain...
May13 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Growth wheel tool: choosing your Marketing Mix
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Growth wheel tool:choosing your Marketing Mix Online Do you know how to choose media and message for separate customer segments?By evaluating existing marketing mediawith this Growth Wheel information and tool, you can choose the right marketing mix and describe which media types to use for your various customer groups. You will learn how to 1. assess and prioritize marketing vehicles 2. note which customer groups the media should target. 3.determine how each media should be used...
May13 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...
May20 Category: Webinar Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Title: Growth Wheel Tool: Prepare to Get What You Want from Banks
Location: Online
Cost: $10.00
Growth Wheel Tool: Prepare to GetWhat You Want from Banks Online Sometimes as a business owner you may feel you need to get down and beg when you need to work with a bank. How an we prepare ourselves to work well with the bank and get best terms? In this workshop you will explore: 1. what the banker may be considering when preparing to negotiate with you 2. what information a bank is looking for to do business with you, whether it is establishing overdraft services,a line of credit, ...
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