Our Sponsors

More than just names…. The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) extends its sincere gratitude to the following organizations and individuals for their support of our Center and the 26th annual Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference.   We applaud the accomplishments we have jointly achieved towards the advancement of women business owners, and look forward to many more years of successful collaboration. 

2012 WBDC Contributors*


Marquee Government Partners

City of Chicago, Department of Community Development
Cook County, Bureau of Community Development
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity,
 Illinois Entrepreneurship Network, Small Business Development Center
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Small Business Administration
U.S. Small Business Administration – Office of Women’s Business Ownership

Marquee Contributors ($40,000+)
Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.
BMO Harris Bank N.A. 
BP America, Inc.
Citi Foundation
Deluxe Corporation Foundation
Discover Financial Services
Edward M. Marx Foundation
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Chicago
The Nielsen Company
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Walgreen Co.
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)

Premier Contributors ($25,000-$39,999)
Allstate Insurance
CNA Insurance Companies
Dominick’s Finer Foods
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP
Microsoft Corporation
U.S. Bank
United Airlines
W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Major Contributors ($10,000-$24,999)
American Express OPEN
Cardinal Health
Citibank, N.A.
Deere & Company
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Kansas City, Minneapolis and St. Louis
Grosvenors Holdings
Health Care Service Corporation/BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois
Kayhan International
Kraft Foods
National Van Lines, Inc.
Northern Trust
Northstar Lottery Group
Office Depot
PepsiCo, Inc.
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
Smead Manufacturing Company
Southwest Airlines Co.
Target Corporation
Turner Construction Company Foundation
University of Illinois

Contributors ($2,000-$9,999)
Ameren Corporation
American Airlines
American Family Insurance
Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
Avis Budget Group, Inc.
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Elizabeth Beidler Tisdahl Foundation
Francis Beidler Foundation
Best Buy Corporation
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Butler Tool, Inc.
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
Cargill, Inc.
Cedar Concepts Corporation
Charter One Bank
Chicago Zoological Society
City Colleges of Chicago
Cooper Power Systems
CVM Solutions, a Kroll Company
Deluxe Corporation
Evergreen Supply Company
Fundamental Capital Partners
General Mills
Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Haworth, Inc.
Hospira, Inc.
Integrys Energy Group/People’s Gas
Jack & Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund
Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
KellyMitchell Group, Inc.
Leo Burnett USA, Inc.
McCormick Place Chicago, An SMG Managed Facility
McDonald Hopkins LLC
Major League Baseball
MasterCard Worldwide
Mayo Clinic
Medtronic, Inc.
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Minneapolis Public School District
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Nicor Gas
Northwestern University – Purchasing Resource Services
The Private Bank


Rush University Medical Center
SCORE: For the Life of your Business
Service Club of Chicago
Staples, Inc.
Trinal, Inc.
Union Pacific Railroad
United Scrap Metal
UnitedHealth Group
The University of Chicago
The University of Chicago Medicine
University of Minnesota
VWR International, LLC
William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc.
Wisconsin Energy Corporation
Xcel Energy

Media Partners
Black EOE Journal
Chicago Sun-Times
Crain’s Chicago Business
Enterprising Women Magazine
Extra Newspaper
Hispanic Network Magazine
Hoy Newspaper
La Raza
Lawndale News
MBE Connect
MBE Magazine
Minority Business News USA (MBN USA)
Minority Entrepreneur Newspaper
NBC5 Chicago
Pioneer Press
Professional Woman’s Magazine
Project Eve
Reflejos Newpaper
Today’s Chicago Woman
U.S. Veteran’s Magazine
Univision Radio
WGBO – TV66 Univision
Women’s Enterprise Magazine (WE USA)
WVON Radio

Individual Donors ($1,000+)
Barbara Anasenes
Ann Drake
Tammie Johnson
Norma Lauder
Lois LeMenager
Francine Manilow
Marcela Orr
Patricia Redzus
Arabel Alva Rosales
Gwen Ryan
Julia Stasch
Maria Wynne

Special Thanks
ACCION Chicago 
Alto Tech
Ameren Corp.
Sharon Avent
Sue Bhatia
The Bureau of Engraving, Inc.
Chicago White Sox
Chris Ruys Communications, Inc.
Constant Contact
COSi (Cycle of Success Institute) 
Darwill, Inc.
Honorable Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago
Exhibits South
Federation of Women Contractors 
Futura Marketing, Inc.
Google Ads
Christie Hefner
Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Lisa Holter
Hoopla Communications
Ideal Printers, Inc.
Illinois Action for Children
J&J Exhibitors Service, Inc.
Debra Jennings-Johnson
Michelle Kantor
Meggan Kehrli
Keurig, Incorporated
Beth Kieffer Leonard
Levy Security Corporation
McCormick Place Chicago, An SMG Managed Facility
Manilow Suites, Inc.
Mindy Mercaldo
Microsoft Corporation
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Northern Trust
Cheryl Pearson-McNeil
Honorable Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President
Lisa Price
Pamela Prince-Eason
Overture Premiums & Promotions LLC
Honorable Pat Quinn, Governor, State of Illinois
Sandra Rand
Richards Graphic Communications, Inc.
Laura Ricketts
Allison Rosati
RubinBrown LLP
Saint Louis University
Terry Savage
SAVOR…Chicago at McCormick Place
Richelle Shaw
Smead Manufacturing Company
Lindsay Sokolowski 
Staples, Inc.
Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)

The WBDC whole-heartedly thanks all of its
committee members, advisors, strategic partners, clients and every individual who has generously
given their support to our Center.  Our strength
comes from your consistent and dedicated support.

*Donors listed are those committed by 11/20/12;
we have made every effort to ensure that all contributors are recognized



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