Why Support

Now in its third decade, the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) serves entrepreneurs at all stages of business development, from home-based businesses to established, growth-oriented, technology companies.  We do this through targeted training, professional business counseling, access to capital assistance and a wide array of information and resources.

We’re proud of our record. Since we first opened our doors in 1986, the WBDC has assisted more than 66,000 women in the greater Chicago area and has helped establish women’s business assistance centers in six states across the nation.  We’re a nationally-recognized leader with successful programs and policies that positively impact women’s economic development and business ownership.  The WBDC offers its programs and services in Spanish to better serve the diverse business community.

For the past two decades, the WBDC has provided women entrepreneurs with comprehensive programs that enable them to increase their capacity and become viable suppliers.

The WBDC has a yearly client service base of approximately 3,500, certifies over 1,400 women-owned businesses annually as WBEs throughout its 9-state Midwestern region, and more than 4,500 women business owners participate in its events annually.

For more information on supporting the WBDC, please contact Georgia Marsh at gmarsh@wbdc.org or 312.853.3477 x210.

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